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New Event: Eightmile and Trout Lakes Backpack Trip

From: Ryan M.
Sent on: Tuesday, September 4, 2007 1:14 PM
Announcing a new event for Pacific Northwest Backpackers (no dayhikes)!

What: Eightmile and Trout Lakes Backpack Trip

When: Friday, September 14, 6:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Event Description: Loop Hike: 18 Miles
Duration: 2 Days (Friday evening through Sunday)
Starting Elevation: ~pending~
High Elevation: 7,300 feet
Elevation Gain: ~pending~
Location: Alpine Lakes Wilderness (via Leavenworth)

This meetup is cross posted on the Snohomish Hikers Meetup Group for those of you on both.

WE WILL GO RAIN OR SHINE! Come prepared! :-)

Trail description: This is an outstanding loop through tall, rocky ridges and mountains in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Windy Pass connects Trout Lake to Eightmile Lake via miles of excellent high-country hiking, achieving lakes and views that will be not be soon forgotten. Windy Pass stands at 7,300 feet, revealing much of the surrounding wilderness. Cashmere Mountain stands to the east, Mount Stuart to the south, and countless other peaks and ridges along the horizon. Trout and Eightmile Lakes are excellent destinations by themselves for day hikes or overnighters.

The loop requires a car-drop we'll coordinate before leaving a short hitchhike ride. Starting from Eightmile Creek, the trail climbs moderately to Little Eightmile Lake and Eightmile Lake (3.3 miles), each dwarfed by the surrounding mountains. Camping along this route requires hikers to obtain a permit at the Leavenworth Ranger Station. We will be hiking at night Friday to Eightmile Lake so come prepared with a headlamp or flashlight.

The trail next reaches open parkland meadows and Lake Caroline (6.8 miles). The prime moment of the hike comes at Windy Pass (7,200 feet), one of the best panoramic views on any trail in the region. Flowers and larches add color to the scene, each at their own times of the year. The trail descends three miles from Windy Pass to Trout Lake (12.3 miles in), surrounded by trees and even more high ridges and peaks. From Trout Lake, the trail drops to Icicle Creek (18 miles total).

Meet Ryan at NetRiver Building at 6:30pm Friday night. We will depart at 6:45pm sharp. You are welcome to come earlier if you want a gear check or just to chat prior to leaving. Please call my cell if you are running late and we will wait. [masked]

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