Cutthroat Lake via the PCT

HARD 8 reviews

Cutthroat Lake via the PCT is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mazama, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

16.1 miles
3950 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



mountain biking

nature trips






wild flowers


Excellent trail for mountain biking in the North Cascades with access to the Pacific Crest Trail.

5 months ago

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Great views! Very easy trail, graduale incline

Friday, October 14, 2016

Monday, July 04, 2016