CHS 2 Hike - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

Cutthroat Pass via Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in the North Cascades. It is a worthy contributor to 100 Classic Hikes in Washington. However, due to long drive to the trailhead this hike will only be attempted if snow levels and creek crossings allow it. The leader will scout the hike the weekend prior and make a go or no go decision based on the results. If no go, a different North Cascades hike with similar statistics will be chosen instead. This is a CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph).

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

Seattle area park and ride, 6:00am.

After the hike the leader will camp in the area and hike a different trail the next day. Those who are flexible and interested are welcome to join this optional extra.


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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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