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Windy Pass

Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area
47.5360, -120.8136 Map & Directions
15.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
4,325 feet
Highest Point
7,200 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Sweeping views from Windy Pass. Photo by FunGuy15. Full-size image
  • Mountain views
  • Established campsites
  • Ridges/passes
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Take a side trip from Lake Caroline up to a saddle with gorgeous, sweeping views of the Alpine Lakes wilderness. Continue reading

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Hiking Windy Pass

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 reaches the ridge crest and enters wooded terrain where is descend to 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.

For those continuing on 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.

Toilet Information

  • Toilet at trailhead

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Windy Pass

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.5360, -120.8136 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Parking only allowed on the right side of Road 7601 between Eightmile Lake and the Stuart Lake trailhead

Dispersed camping is not allowed between the 7601 road and Icicle Creek

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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.

More Hike Details


Central Cascades > Leavenworth Area

Eightmile (#1552), Eightmile - Trout Cr (#1554)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's Alpine Lakes (Spring, Spring & Manning, 1993)

USGS Map - Cashmere Mountain/Jack Ridge

Green Trails: Chiwaukum Mts, WA No 177

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