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EIGHTMILE GROUP SITE, WA

Photo: EIGHTMILE GROUP SITE
Status: Closed through Wed Apr 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Nestled in a forest canopy of pine and fir on the banks of Icicle Creek, Eightmile Group Campground in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers a peaceful setting for groups and large gatherings.

Natural Features:

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest offers stunning scenic views, with high, glaciated alpine peaks, valleys of old growth forest and rugged shrub-steppe country making up the diverse landscape. Elevations range from below 1,000 feet to over 9,000 feet.

More than 700 lakes and mountain ponds dot the glacier-carved terrain of nearby Alpine Lake Wilderness. Tree-covered valleys give way to rocky ridges and rugged peaks along the crest of the Cascades. Many peaks and slopes are permanently cloaked in snowfields. From wet forests of Douglas fir, cedar, and an understory of salal and berries, to firs and mountain hemlock, the landscape opens up to expansive meadows matted with low growth and ends with dry forestland of ponderosa pine and grasses.

Congress designated the Alpine Lakes Wilderness in 1976 with a total of 362,789 acres. Prior to designation, aggressive mining and logging operations punched numerous access roads into the area, creating a wildly irregular boundary to this popular area.

Recreation:

Eightmile Group Campground offers outdoor enthusiasts the opportunity to hike, fish, bike and enjoy a long list of outdoor recreational activities throughout the year. This campground has plenty of trails to explore by bike.

Anglers may want to cast a line into the deep pools at nearby Toketie Lake. Populations of rainbow and cutthroat trout find habitat in this somewhat secluded lake.

The nearby Fourth of July Trail offers hikers expansive ridge line views and challenging terrain. Beginning in the forest at 4,000 feet, the trail quickly climbs in elevation, out of the trees into more open, arid landscapes. The trail continues, traversing through mountain meadows with spectacular views of the Stuart Mountain Range and Icicle Valley. At 10.6 miles, this is a solid day hike, though backpackers can hook up connecting trails to continue for multiple days though adjacent wilderness settings.

Facilities:

Eightmile Group Campground has one large site that can accommodate up to 70 guests and 25 vehicles. The site is equipped with picnic tables, a group campfire ring, drinking water and vault toilets.

Nearby Attractions:

Visitors enjoy the North Cascades and Mt. Rainer National Parks, where interpretive programs and exhibits offer education about the diverse landscape and history of the area.

Guests can also explore the area's colorful railroad and mining history at the Steven's Pass Historic District, or hit the slopes at Steven's Pass Ski Area.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Campfire Rings
  • Climbing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Firewood
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Area
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • Trails
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Medical Facility
Know Before You Go
  • Electric hookups are not available
  • Click here for more information about Okanogan- Wenatchee National Forest


Due to the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Help protect our forests by purchasing or collecting firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Click here for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.55083, -120.76611
47°33'3"N, 120°45'58"W

From the west, take Highway 2 east through Monroe and over Stevens' Pass. Turn right on Icicle River Road and follow for approximately 8 miles. The campground will be on the left.

From the east, take Highway 2 west through Leavenworth. Turn left on Icicle River Road and follow road approximately 8 miles to the campground on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

EIGHTMILE GROUP SITE
4905 ICICLE ROAD
LEAVENWORTH WA 98826

Phone Number:

Information: (509)548-6816