13.1 mi rt
gain: 2100 ft
max: 6900 ft
gpx track, use at your own risk: Cutthroat
I went up to cutthroat Pass twice this year. The first time was a snowy overnighter hiking in from Cutthroat Lake, this time was a day hike up to the pass and beyond via the PCT section that starts at the Rainy Pass parking area (N48 31.083 W120 43.975). I have to say, I like this approach better.
This trail gains its elevation very gently and did not really seem like much of a climb.
The views started out nice but kept getting better and better the more switching you did.
I got to the pass WAY to soon and wanted more so I hike out a few miles beyond on the PCT.
It was really interesting to be walking on trail where earlier in the year I had been on a good 6 ft of snow. It is probably best I didn’t know about the boulder field beneath my feet when I was up there with just the dog.
I walk a few miles past the pass and found a little knob to go up. This was just before the trail did a drop down into a saddle then continued on up the way. I went to the top of the knob and made a cup of coffee, had lunch, and enjoyed the views.
The larches were just changing, they were probably perfect just a week or so later.
This was the hike where I made up my mind to section hike the Washington section of the PCT next summer. I met many through hikers on this hike. I stopped and talked, most were happy to share their stories and trail names. I googled a few of the trail names when I got home and it was fun to read about them in their and others blogs.