Day Hike - Cutthroat Lake & Pass


Day Hike - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

This strenuous 10-mile RT hike with 2000 feet of elevation gain is one of the great fall larch hikes in the Cascades! Plus views of the Golden Horn and other North Cascades peaks. We may decide to shuttle cars and loop back via Cutthroat Lake trail for some variety. Families with kids who are fit and experienced with this difficulty of hike are welcome!

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  • Sat, Oct 8, 2016
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Families, Adults, 20-30 Somethings
  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft

It's nearly a 3 hour drive and daylight hours are shortening so we'll aim to get started at the trailhead by 9:30AM.  Carpools are encouraged - we'll work that out once we know who is coming.  Google map directions from Ash Way P&R in Lynnwood:

This is a steep climb so participants need to demonstrate from recent hikes that they are in condition to keep up.  Some steep descents so good balance and sound joints are also required.

Because of potential for very cold weather and rain, for your safety and comfort participants will be required to have good raingear, warm non-cotton layers and sturdy waterproof footwear with thick grippy soles.  More gear guidance will be provided as the date gets closer.  If we have enough drivers we may shuttle cars and make this a loop, going up from Rainy Pass and circling back via Cutthroat Lake.


Cutthroat Lake & Pass

  • USGS Washington Pass

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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