Distance: 7 miles round-trip
Time: 4 to 5 hours
Terrain: Dirt trail, steady climb, out-and-back
Elevation: 3,300 feet at the trailhead; climbs to 4,650 ft.
Best time to go: Spring to late fall
How to get there: Heading west from Wenatchee on Highway 2, drive through the town of Leavenworth. At the far edge of town, turn left onto Icicle Creek Road and follow for 8.6 miles before turning left onto Eightmile Road. The road turns to dirt; drive another 3 miles to the trailhead. Park on the left side of the road; trailhead is on the right side.
Highlights: Eightmile Lake is part of the beautiful Alpine Lakes Wilderness and is a lovely place to escape the summer heat of the Wenatchee Valley. There are great places to eat lunch, sun yourself and take a dip in the cool, clear lake surrounded by jagged mountain peaks. The trail is not too steep, making it a great day-long hike for families.
Lowlights: No pets allowed. This is a popular hike so you may find yourself sharing the trail with others.
Things to know: Northwest Forest Pass is required for parking. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, especially in the summer.