Cutthroat Pass Tr483

3D view of Cutthroat Pass Trail #483

Overall: 6

Aerobic: 7

Technical: 7

Steepness: 7

Flow: 5

Singletrack: 100%

Cutthroat Pass Tr483 ascends Cutthroat Creek, to meet the Pacific Crest Tr2000 at Cutthroat Pass.




Avg: 11.5mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:2650'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 3hr






If just riding 1.7mi to the lake then this would be a short, easy trail. Expect to share the trail with families, requiring moderate speed and some riding courtesy on the way to and from the lake.

The trail crosses a bridge over Cutthroat Creek and begins a gentle uphill climb to a trail junction at 1.7mi. The left trail continues .25mi to the lake.

From the lake junction the trail gains 1900' in the next 3.8mi to the pass where it meets the PCT. The 10% grade may be too relentless for intermediate riders and the ride distance is a little short to be a destination ride, but those seeking a steep climbing challenge will get what they came for, and might even see a mountain goat near Cutthroat Pass.

Hiking options: There are several moderate-distance hikes in the area, the shortest of which is Lone Fir Tr535, from the Lone Fir CG.

The 4.4mi (1100' ascent) Blue Lake Tr314 OAB is a challenging, short hike through big timber to the scenic, deep turquoise, Blue Lake. There are some side trails to Liberty Bell Mountain, not drawn on the map.

The 5.5mi (2900' ascent) Maple Pass Tr740 CCW Loop ascends past an avalanche meadow, Lake Ann and Heather Pass before turning south on a Frisco Mountain ridgeline (above the treeline), then descending along a ridgeline above Rainy Lake and back to the Rainy Lake TH.

At Heather Pass there is an unmaintained trail leading to Lewis lake.

Directions: NW Forest Pass required right at the TH. SR20W for 26mi from Winthrop (1.5mi west of Lone Fir Campground). Turn right on FR400 and go for 1mi to the TH. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Cutthroat Pass Trail #483 Topo Map

OAB Directions

cutthroat switchbacks

Cutthroat Pass Area Topo Map

  • TH: Cross Cutthroat Creek and ascend the easy but technical terrain to the 1.5mi Cutthroat Lake intersection. Venture out to the lake and back.
  • 1.5mi: Cross Cutthroat Creek tributaries, then grind the relentless switchbacks to Cutthroat Pass.
  • 5.7mi: Turn around at the Pacific Crest Tr2000 intersection and enjoy the technical switchback ride to the lake intersection and the easy terrain back to the TH.



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Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge






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