Cutthroat Lake via the PCT

HARD 8 reviews

Cutthroat Lake via the PCT is a 16.5 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.

DISTANCE
16.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3897 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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

hiking
2 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.

Friday, October 14, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, November 09, 2012

Great views! Very easy trail, graduale incline