Stroll first through deep forest, then up, up, and away to an alpine world flush in meadows, larches, and delectable views of stark craggy mountains spiraling to the heavens. From the pass, a broad saddle teetering on the demarcation zone between the wet west and the dry east, there are exploratory side-trip options.
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First Day of North Cascades Institute getaway. One-way hike over Cutthroat Pass.
Participants include Nicole Hansen, Louise Kornreich, Lisa and Mark George.
Reference: Green Trails Washington Pass, No 50. Day Hiking: North Cascades , by Craig Romano, No. 95 Cutthroat Pass.
From Marblemount follow the North Cascades Highway (State Route 20) east for 51 miles to Rainy Pass near milepost 158. Turn left onto the spur road and drive 0.3 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail parking area (elev. 4800 ft). Privy available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.5181,-120.7331)
Forest Service Pass required.
13.48 miles, 2026 ft. gain, 6 hrs 55 min.