Eightmile Mountain in The Enchantments / 魔法森林裏的八哩山

The last time I was here, I attempted Cashmere Mountain. It was cloudy, with no visibility at the top. But this morning, the weather was excellent. So I looked forward to seeing magnificent views on Eightmile Mountain.

Eightmile Mountain from Eightmile Lake
Eightmile Mountain from Eightmile Lake

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Eightmile Mountain at a Glance

Access: Eightmile Creek Trailhead
Round Trip: TBD
Elevation Range: 3280′-7996′
Gear: helmet
GPS Track: available

Dog-Friendly: no pets

Eightmile Lake Trail

I arrived at the Eightmile Lake trailhead past 9 AM. I greeted two other hikers and then went on my merry way. Later, I met several groups camping by Eightmile Lake. They had come in the day before.

It took a while to get through to the northern end of the lake. Then I left the trail and went straight uphill. I tried following this detailed trip report. But I went too high too soon. So I ended up fighting my way through dense thickets below the snow chute for a while.

Cannon Mountain from the trail
Cannon Mountain from the trail

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Going up to the Snow

Just past the brush, it took more time to go through the massive down trees. Above the logs was a rock field. But there wasn’t enough snow cover. Plus, I didn’t want to fall in between the boulders. So I went up through the smaller rocks mostly.

Later, I got onto the snow at 6400′. I was now right below the meadow. The snow there was slightly slushy. But it was firm enough to go directly up the gully without any issues.

Testing my acrobatic skills and patience
Testing my acrobatic skills and patience

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The Final Stretch on Eightmile Mountain

The group from the day before left their tracks. But the path was hard to follow because the wind had covered it up with snow. So I ended up kicking steps and making my way toward the southwest ridgeline.

By the time I got up on the ridge, Stuart Range behind Axis Peak had fully emerged. The timing couldn’t have been better. Just as I made my way up to the summit, clouds had moved in from the north.

6400' basin below Eightmile Mountain summit
6400′ basin below Eightmile Mountain summit

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Eightmile Mountain Summit Plus Outro

Once I was the top, views to the east and the north were spotty. It wasn’t any better to the south or the south. So I stayed an extra half hour and hoped for the clouds to disperse. But that never happened. It wasn’t until I started going back down the gully when the mist dissipated.

It’s another beautiful day on a new climb.

Mount Stuart and Sherpa Peak
Mount Stuart and Sherpa Peak

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