Eightmile Lake | Wenatchee National Forest


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On our third night of backpacking in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, we took a relatively flat hike over to Eightmile Lake. There were a few rolling areas but it was an easy hike after our climb up and down Aasgard Pass. It was also a very quiet hike. There were a few people camping on the far side of the lake but we never interacted with them, and we saw no one on our hike into the lake.

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It might not have been alpine as the Enchantment Lakes were, but it wasn’t without a lot of grand scenery!

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There was a very cool old dam near the end of the lake we stayed at and I poked around there for awhile taking photos.

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Down the stream bed I went, poking around some more. Following old stream beds is something I really love to do when given the chance.

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I’m a fan of mini-ecosystems and the PacNW is chock-full of them! Moss on trees, lichens on trees, fungi on trees….

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It’s enough to warrant a selfie with old trees and their mini-ecosystems.

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I’m also a fan of the quiet black and white portrait of seemingly simple things. It makes one wonder just how long something has sat in its position in the world.

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I wish we could have explore more of this national forest but I don’t think we’ll be back up there anytime soon. Poking around and seeing a habitat that we’re not familiar with was awesome and I loved that we didn’t just have miles to make, that we had time to rest and enjoy the scenery.

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