Cutthroat Creek Trail

Easy hike into alpine lake cradled in highballed cirque.

Length: 5.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: N of Rainy Pass on SR 20 and FS Rd. 3511, connects to Pacific Crest Trail.
State(s): Washington
Counties: Skagit
Longitude: -120.6547
Latitude: 48.5563

Driving Directions

27 miles west of Winthrop, WA on State Hwy 20.


The trail crosses a bridge over Cutthroat Creek and begins a gentle uphill climb to a trail junction at 1.7 miles. The left trail leads to Cutthroat Lake in 0.25 mile. From the junction the trail gains 1900 feet in the next 3.8 miles to the pass where it meets the Pacific Crest Trail. Mountain goats are often seen near the pass. See beautiful alpine lake views and for those who wish great mountain views will enjoy looking out at the towering rugged peaks from the pass. There are beautiful wildflowers in July and August followed by the spectacular fall gold colors of alpine larches and red colors of huckleberry bushes. Water maybe scarce beyond the lake trail junction later in the summer. Be sure to fill water bottles before going onto the pass.

Additional Details

Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: WA Trails Assoc - trail details
Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Jim Hammer
Trails Coordinator
Okanogan National Forest
Methow Valley Ranger District
24 West Chewuch Rd.
Winthrop, WA 98862
(509) 996-4017



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