Cutthroat Lake via the PCT

HARD 6 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.

16.5 miles 4199 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.

6 months ago

1 year ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

2 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

Great views! Very easy trail, graduale incline