Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass

MODERATE 28 reviews

Cutthroat Lake and Cutthroat Pass is a 9.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Winthrop, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,309 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

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.

hiking
25 days ago

great hike, great trail, great views. Lots of hungry bugs.

hiking
1 month ago

Overall great hike! Come prepared

1 month ago

Went all the way to Cutthroat Pass today 7/5. The trail is in excellent summer shape. It was mud and snow free until about a 1/3 mile from the pass. At that point there were just a handful of snow patches here and there that were easy to navigate through or around. There is a larger snow field right below the pass that obscured the last little bit of trail but it was easy to navigate. Really beautiful views the whole way but the view from the top is truly incredible-360 degrees of mountains and alpine lakes. A must do in the North Cascades for sure.

Also of note, the total mileage is a little over 11 miles.

1 month ago

Unfortunately getting past the lake up to the pass would be really difficult right now- all mud and snow beyond the lake. However, the 2.5or so miles to the lake are breathtaking. BTW yesterday we lost a brown zippered glasses case holding prescription eyeglasses out of our pack on this trail. Any info? Call 206-419-4105

hiking
10 months ago

An awesome trail! The larches are in full swing! There is definitely snow on the last third of the trail, but it's still okay for hiking, even without spikes or poles.

hiking
10 months ago

this hike is just a steady uphill climb. it has awesome views you make it will worth it!

hiking
11 months ago

my friends and i were aiming to go to the maple loop pass. got to the top of this trail to realize we were on the wrong one! but no regrets because the view is absolutely gorgeous. we were able to go up a steady pace and views while walking plus wildflowers made it a really nice experience.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, October 19, 2015

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

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.

Monday, March 03, 2014

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

hiking
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

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 also 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.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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