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Windy Pass

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area
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Length

8.0 miles, one-way

Elevation

Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 7200 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Dispersed camping is not allowed between the road and Icicle Creek
 
 

Access to Windy Pass is 2.8 miles up Eightmile Lake Trail. Leave this moderately-graded trail and immediately begin switchbacking across a recovering burn area. This area will have little shade in afternoon sun, but views improve as you climb. You'll take in aerial views of Eightmile Lake, the canyon below it, and the peaks surrounding it. 

Eventually, the trail levels out and enters wooded terrain when it reaches Lake Caroline and continues along the east shore of the lake. There are many hiker campsites and a stock campsite at Caroline.

The trail continues past Caroline Lake to Little Caroline Lake, where there are more hiker campsites, though stock will have to stay at Caroline Lake; they're not allowed at Little Caroline Lake.

Beyond Little Caroline Lake, the trail continues up gentle switchbacks up beautiful, meadowy slopes until it crests Windy Pass.

From the pass, the trail drops steeply down gravelly, eroded switchbacks on the northwest side of the pass, becoming much less traveled, brushier, and harder-to-follow.

The trail heads mostly downhill, crossing meadows and creeks and eventually entering more heavily-wooded terrain and as it switchbacks down through old-growth forest. The trail crosses Trout Creek, and ends at the junction with Trout Creek Trail.

Note: An overnight reservation permit is required from May 15 to October 31 in the area between Eightmile trail and Windy Pass.

 

Windy Pass

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.5360, -120.8136 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Leavenworth Area

Eight mile - Trout Creek (#1554)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Jack Ridge

Getting There

From milepost 99 on Highway 2, on the western edge of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles, turning left onto Eightmile Road (FR 7601). Continue on this washboarded dirt road for 3.1 miles to the Eightmile Creek trailhead. Park opposite the trailhead, on the left side of the road (elev. 3300 ft). Privy available.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
Parking Restriction: Parking allowed at trailheads and only on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and Stuart Lake trailheads. Parking anywhere else along Road 7601 is not allowed.
Dispersed camping is not allowed between the road and Icicle Creek
 

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