Cutthroat Creek Trail #483


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.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Current trail conditions.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Fees: A recreation pass is required to park at trailhead. A $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead.
Open Season: July
Best Season: July-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: No motorized vehicles. No bicycles allowed on Pacific Crest Trail. E-Bikes (with full electric motor power or pedal assist) are not allowed on Cutthroat Creek trail. No caching allowed. Certified weed free hay is required on National forestlands (processed grains are okay). No overnight camping allowed within 1/4 mile of the lake. No horses allowed at the lake.
Closest Towns: Winthrop, WA
Water: No potable water
Restroom: No, at Trailhead only
Passes: recreation pass is required for parking at trailhead. (A $5/vehicle/day Northwest Forest Pass can be purchased from a self-pay station provided at the trailhead).
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Methow Valley Ranger District  

General Information

Directions:

From Winthrop drive State Route 20 west about 28 miles (or 1.5 miles west of Lone Fir Campground). Turn right on Forest Service Road 400 and follow for 1 mile to the Cutthroat Trailhead.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

Recreation areas with activity Mountain Biking:

No motorized, bikes or any mechanized vehicles allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail 2000. 

E-Bikes (with full electric motor power or pedal assist) are not allowed on Cutthroat Creek trail.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Recreation areas with activity Lake and Pond Fishing:

Lake fishing for Cutthroat trout at Cutthroat Lake. Washington State fishing license is required and all state game laws apply.

Day Hiking

Recreation areas with activity Day Hiking:

Water may be scarce beyond the lake trail junction when hiking later in the summer. Be sure to fill water bottles before going on to the pass.

Backpacking

Recreation areas with activity Backpacking:

Horse Riding

Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:

No horses allowed at the lake. No camping within 1/4 mile lake.

Viewing Wildlife

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Wildlife:

Mountain goats are often seen near the pass. 

Viewing Plants

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Plants:

 

Wildflowers are beautiful in July and August and the fall colors created by golden alpine larch and red huckleberries bushes are spectacular.

Viewing Scenery

Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:

Beautiful alpine lake views and for those who wish for great views of rugged mountain peaks climb to Cutthroat Pass.

Amenities

Interpretive Site: interpretive information
Picnic tables: day use picnic tables
Fee charged for some activities: self-pay stations available to purchase recreation pass
Parking:
Toilets: at trailhead only

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Area/Length : 
4.8 miles

  Elevation : 
4500 feet - 6900 feet