This was one of those great hikes with exceptional views! Having backpacked into Cutthroat Lake to camp along Cutthroat Creek the evening before (go here – https://60before60.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/52-backpacking-cutthroat-lake/ – to read about that hike), stellar blue skies made the conditions absolutely perfect for a hike up to Cutthroat Pass.
The hike from where we camped to the pass was about five miles in length with an elevation gain of approximately 2,000′. There were lots of familiar peaks to view along the way and the trail was very well maintained.
Rock formations often lined the trail as we climbed in elevation.
Here is a great view of Cutthroat Peak and Cutthroat Pass, our destination, (to the right of the peak) from the trail. Seeing the pass up ahead provided great motivation for us to keep on trekking!
There were snow fields at the pass, but they were easy to cross. This is where the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) joins the trail we had followed to reach Cutthroat Pass. Our trail ended there, and the Pacific Crest Trail continued on over the pass. Often when we are out hiking, we intersect with the PCT, and I can certainly see why some say that some of the most scenic sections of the PCT are said to be right here in Washington State. For more information on the PCT, go here – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Crest_Trail. Wouldn’t the PCT be a marvelous through-hike to make some day?
Enjoying the spectacular 360 degree view, we explored all around the pass, then pulled out our picnic lunch in order to refuel before making the hike back down to our camp.
For information about hiking to Cutthroat Pass, visit the Washington Trails Association website, here – http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/cutthroat-pass-1.