CHS - North Cascades Campout - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS - North Cascades Campout - Cutthroat Lake & Pass

CHS1 hike offered as part of the North Cascades Campout weekend. The trail offers views of Silver Star Mountain and Cutthroat Peak from the pass which intersects the Pacific Crest Trail. We will not hike to Cutthroat Lake.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,100 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0 mph

Expect to leave the Goodell Group campsite at 8am for a 52 minute drive to the trailhead.  For non-campers, Doug will leave Seattle (Madison Park) at around 5:30 AM to drive to the Goodell campsite and will be returning the same day.  He will have room for 2 or 3 passengers in his Prius.

The hike to the pass follows the PCT north from highway 20. Since the pass is only five miles from the trailhead, we will continue about another mile north to get our August CHS1 mileage and stop for lunch. Returning by tracing our steps and getting back in adequate time for the Saturday evening potluck at Goodell.
Updates on trail conditions will be detailed in the "Hello Hiker" email.


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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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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