This is one of my favorite overlooks. It is stunning and absolutely worth the short, easy walk to get there.

This hike only gets a five star rating because of the snow covered larches. What an incredible setting for the yellow trees blanketed by the white snow. The trail is gradual and we made the pass with the snow covered trail in two hours. This also works as one way hike to the Cutthroat Pass TH as this one start from Rainy Pass. Spikes werent needed but could have been used as the trail was snow covered about half the way. It was soft enough that it wasnt slippery yet.

It’s a beautiful stop if you are traveling on highway 20. My wife and I are so glad we stoped to take a look. The views are amazing. Very well maintained walkways to the lookout points so no reason to not go out to them

Friday, October 14, 2016

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

I ♡♡♡ this place! Takes my breath away everytime! I wish I lived there! :) PNW makes me proud to be a Washingtionian! Great for all skill levels. Amazing views. Picnic areas, clean bathrooms, pet friendly on leash, big parking lot! You MUST stop here at some point, you will not be disappointed!

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Beautiful View for little effort, paved paths, more like a walk in the woods, was there early so we were alone, not sure how busy it gets, but not much in North cascades ever seemed too busy, worth the 1/2 hour if you have the time!

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Monday, July 04, 2016

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Sunday, May 01, 2016

Short paved fully accessible trail to a stunning view of Liberty Bell Mountain, Early Winters Spires and Kangaroo Ridge. Drive 30 miles west from Winthrop, WA on Highway 20, turn right onto 2 mile paved road to the Washington Pass Overlook parking area. As the highest point on the hwy. at 5477’ elevation, Liberty Bell Mountain is a jagged edged precipice that looms above the Washington Pass Overlook at MP 162.2, with wide-angle views 700 ft. above the highway. While there is “no fee,” a Northwest Forest Pass is required: http://www.fs.usda.gov/main/r6/passes-permits/recreation. The observation point is fully accessible and features views of the ridge uphill and the hairpin turn on Route 20 far below. A loop trail continues down along the rocky outcrops and back to the parking area. Since we were here, they have improved the safety of the area by adding protective railings. Still, be cautious as the cliffs are straight drop-offs. Definitely worth a stop in the North Cascades.

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Good trail. I went with 2 sons 10ys & 19 yrs. Caught fish in the lake but nothing big. Well travelled trail & nice views from the top.

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Friday, December 26, 2014

Any hike that is part of the PCT is a 5 star to me. I have never done Rainy Pass to Cutthroat....I did the hikes separately. Both are beautiful Summer and Fall hikes. Lots of switchbacks and a Cougar sighting on Cutthroat near the summit.....or area to sit for a while a eat some granola. Black bears on Rainy Pass.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

I didn't do the lake (but you can see it from the pass) but came down from Hart's Pass to Rainy Pass. This is an amazing section of the PCT. My blog has pictures and the story.
http://kellbell-whywouldanyonereadthis.blogspot.com/2014/10/willis-camp-and-snowy-lakes-day-3-and-4.html

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

One of the better trails in the North Cascades, Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat pass can be accessed from the Cutthroat pass trailhead, or via the Pacific Crest Trail at Rainy pass. For a point to point hike, position a car at the Cutthroat trailhead and start at Rainy pass.
The Cutthroat Lake portion of the trail is open to mountain bikers, while the PCT is not.

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Great views! Very easy trail, graduale incline