At the beginning, the hike to Cutthroat Pass follows the same trail as the one to Cutthroat Lake and then veers off to the right and steadily climbs by way of several switchbacks high into the mountains. On our hike to Cutthroat Pass we encountered both beautiful yellow larch and our first signs of Winter. Seeing fresh snow for the first time this season has us excited to come back and snowshoe these same trails in the near future. We love watching the seasons collide and are endlessly grateful to live in such a beautiful place.
The trailhead for Cutthroat Lake and Pass is just a few miles east of Washington Pass on the North Cascades Highway (Hwy 20). There is a side road clearly marked "Cutthroat Lake Trailhead". Turn onto this road and proceed about a mile, where the road and ends in a small parking lot with a pit toilet.