Cutthroat Lake & Pass


Day Hike - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

Cutthroat Pass/Cutthroat Creek (See Leader Notes)

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  • Wed, Aug 30, 2006
  • RETIRED - Seattle Midweek Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Adults
  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,300 ft
8 a.m. at Colonial Creek CG Entrance Day Parking Lot
This hike is part of the Annual North Cascades Car Camp. Join us for three days of hiking in the spectacular North Cascades. Explore the unique geology of this region. We will camp two nights at Klipchuck Campground (see details below) just off the North Cascades Highway. It is suggested that participants also camp Monday night due to the travel distance and early hike start time the following day. Maple Pass, Grasshopper Pass-Tatie Peak, and Blue Lake – see hike descriptions below. Easy hikes may be led by a second leader, such as Lake Ann and Slate Peak, concurrently with more strenuous hikes. Register with clubhouse or online. If new to leader, please submit qualifications for moderate and strenuous hikes by email (preferred) or phone. Glen Strachan, 425-869-8094 or (s8/14-8/24) NC Aug. 30, Wed. – Grasshopper Pass and Tatie Peak (S) (GT Washington Pass #50), NWFP, 11 mi., 1,600’ gain in; 1,000’ gain out. Moderate pace. In the Harts Pass area, this hike has wide-open big-sky meadow ridges, grand views of giant peaks and forested valleys. Meet 8:00 a.m. at Klipchuck CG on SR20. (s8/14-8/24). 8/20/06 – CHANGED TO CUTTHROAT PASS/CUTTHROAT CREEK WITH OPTIONAL SIDE TRIPS TO GRANITE PASS AND CUTTHROAT LAKE (M/S). MEET AT COLONIAL CREEK CG ENTRANCE AT 8 A.M.. START AT RAINY PASS. CAR SHUTTLE FOR ONE-WAY TRIP. 1,900 TO 2,500 ELEVATION GAIN, 12 MILES (PLUS 2.5 MILES WITH SIDE TRIPS) Additional Notes: Day hikers are welcome on these hikes; however, signup priority may be given to those staying overnight in area and going on multiple hikes. Klipchuck CG is located about 12 miles east of Washington Pass just off Highway 20 in Okanogan National Forest. Klipchuck CG site occupancy is on a first come, first serve basis and costs $8 per site per night. There are 46 campsites at Klipchuck CG and 27 campsites at nearby Lone Fir CG. Two standard vehicles or one RV can occupy each campsite and owners can split the fee. As of 8/3/06, Klipchuck CG was full only one night this year and that was on a Friday night. 8/20/06 – CHANGED TO COLONIAL CREEK CG DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR SMOKE AT KLIPCHUCK CG FROM THE TRIPOD COMPLEX FIRE NEAR WINTHROP. COLONIAL CREEK CG IS LOCATED 9.7 MILES EAST OF NEWHALEM OFF HIGHWAY 20 BETWEEN MILEPOSTS 130 AND 131. COLONIAL CREEK CG SITE OCCUPANCY IS ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS AND COSTS $12 PER SITE PER NIGHT ($6.00 WITH GOLDEN AGE CARD). THE NPS HAS ENSURED US THAT THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF SITES AVAILABLE ON WEEKDAYS.

Cutthroat Lake & Pass

  • Green Trails North Cascades Ross Lake No. 16SX

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    USGS Washington Pass

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
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