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Trip Report

Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

North Cascades

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Hiked Sep 16, 2021

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

Quick report for the section of PCT from Rainy Pass to Cutthroat Pass.

Road to the TH off Hwy 20 has some pretty good sized potholes but can be driven by any car.  Restroom was clean and well stocked.   We arrived around to the TH around 9:00 AM and there were a couple of parking spaces open.  Temps were at 34 degrees even at that time of the day.  Shoulder season is here!

The trail to the pass is in excellent shape.  In fact, it felt like a freeway after taking the Stilleto Vista Trail the other day.  No blowdowns, no brushy sections and a gradual incline to the pass.  There are water sources in the first two and a half miles of the trail but then it's dry.

But again, the important bit:  fall colors.  Larches are still very green in this area but there are still lots of red, orange and yellow along the trail to take in.  Pictures will explain it better.

We expected to see more people but crossed paths with about ten.  Highlights include meeting Vicki (sp?) and her beautiful pup.  Hope you enjoyed your first trip up!  Also, we got to meet two llamas on our way up.  Such curious creatures!  We learned that when llamas pass, you will want to be on the downhill side of the trail.  Thank you to the gentlemen leading the two for that advice.

As we left, Heather/Maple Pass was quite busy.  Cars parked a few hundred yards down both sides of the highway.


CiscoKitty on Cutthroat Pass via the Pacific Crest Trail

Hey Stuke. This is Vickie. It was so nice meeting you and Jennifer. This hike is amazing. I’m so glad I was able to finally get out here. I also saw the Llamas and poor Hoyt wanted to say hi but he didn’t get to. I also saw 8 mountain bikers that came up from the lake side. Kudos to them because that can’t be easy biking up like that. I’ll be back next year for an overnight. Happy trails.

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CiscoKitty on Sep 19, 2021 10:41 AM