Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass is a 9.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winthrop, WA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

9.6 miles 2276 feet Out & Back

dog friendly




mountain biking

horseback riding






wild flowers


Spectacular North Cascades scenery awaits you at the top of Cutthroat pass. If you're an ambitious backpacker, keep heading north until you reach Canada.

1 month ago

Great hike, however the milage is closer to 11.2 give or take, not 9.6. Rather gradual trail which would be good for kids.

1 year ago

Nice trail, enjoyed the scenery and took some great pics. Not a good fishing lake though.

1 year ago

For scenery, Cutthroat pass is hard to beat. You can get to the pass via the NB Pacific Crest trail at Rainy pass, or via the Cutthroat lake trailhead further east on Hwy 20. If you're able to, leave a car at Cutthroat pass trailhead, hike in from Rainy pass and out the other side where you left your car. Mountain bikers can ride up the Cutthroat trail, but are not permitted on the PCT.

2 years ago

This 9-mile loop was the Ranger's recommendation. All that needs be said.

4 years ago

The first time I did this hike I accessed Cutthroat Pass starting from Rainy Pass. One log bridge was down but nothing you cant maneuver around. Amazing views of jagged peaks from the top. From the Pass if you scramble up the ridge to the north you get clear views of Golden Horn and Tower Mountain.


I have since hiked just the Cutthroat Lake stretch in October. It's only about 2 miles to the lake from the trail-head and very gradual in elevation gain. It was snow free while many of the other nearby trails had about 2 feet of snow. It was a nice trail for viewing larch trees in the Fall and I also liked the fact that views of the lake were not blocked by trees along the bank.