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Cutthroat Pass

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

1.5 mi minimal grade climb up to Cuttroat Lake (spectacular) and +/-6 miles medium climb on up to the Pacific Crest Trail at 6,800' elevation. This is well above tree level and the views are unreal. DO NOT RIDE PAST THE SUMMIT - ILLEGAL. This place will get you fired up again!
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Latitude
48.5567277277709
Longitude
-120.65237045288086
Trail Directions
13 mi. west of Mazama on west side of SR 20 +/-3 mi. below Washington Pass
Trail Length
7.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Mazama
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
October 7, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jim S ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was pitched to me as one of the best rides in Washington and it definitely lived up to the hype. Rode it in early October, after the first bit of cold weather visited the high country. We encountered a cloudy day with a few flurries of snow pellets. Up higher, about 4 miles in, trees were dusted with snow and there were a few 1-2 inch drifts on the trail; nothing to stop forward progress, though.

The trail is well graded and intermediate technical skills are sufficient. There are a few rocky spots requiring close attention, but nothing difficult. Lengthy switchbacks make the climb manageable and fun. The final push above treeline was tiring, and sandy spots in the trail required a bit of bike pushing, at least for me.

The views on the entire trail are excellent, especially if you like alpine settings. As previous posters have noted, please stop at the pass and do not poach the PCT. Respect for the rules keeps our access.

Recommended Route:
Stick to the main trail and you'll be fine. No route-finding skills are necessary. Up and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Other great trails await in the Methow Valley, from Sun Mountain trail system to Buck Mountain.



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Review Date
October 12, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: joel , from Bellingham

Summary:
This trail was fun. Nice epic up in the alpine. I rode it yesterday and the trail was in good condition, but it was very cold. There was snow at the top and the wind was blowing. I started at 3:30 so it was kinda late, sun was getting low. I saw 4 other people while I was on my way up, so I it was a good time not to run into hikers. It took me about 1:15 to climb to the top, so not an all day epic, and I was back to my car about 5:20. I had to stop and warm my hands up about 4 times on the decent. I was at the top less than 10min cause I was freezing. Go when it is warmer or bring plenty of layers. I'll ride it again when it is warmer.

Recommended Route:
up then down

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Combine this trail and the cedar creek trail for an all day ride? I rode at foggy dew a couple years back and had a great time, simialar trails, just lots more.



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Review Date
June 21, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: mark , from Sumas, Wa

Summary:
One of the very best for overall fun and incredible views. The grade is perfect for maximum fun factor.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Echo the other review...PLEASE ride with courtesy and leave no trace. Best weekdays and late in the day after the hikers have headed down. Please avoid confrontations....once you've ridden this trail, you will also want to see it stay open to bikes.



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Review Date
May 24, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Wavemaster , from Lake Stevens, WA, USA

Summary:
The ride to the lake (under 2 miles) is an easy, pleasant, beautiful ride for beginners and youngsters. (Disclaimer - several years have passed since my pass ride...)
The climb to the pass is several miles more and a little rougher (lots of water bars, some rocks) but well worth it. Spectacular mountain views, my favorite ride ever. ***PLEASE PLEASE be "super-sensitive" on this trail! I want this to stay open to bikers! Please keep your speed down and be courteous to hikers (lots of 'em here) so they don't write complaint letters to the USFS. Please stay off the illegal parts (no Pacific Crest trail riding).

Recommended Route:
The directions don't mention you need to turn off Highway 20 (at the Cutthroat Creek bridge if I remember right) and drive about 1 mile to the road end at the Cutthroat Creek campground.



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