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blueBlack Cutthroat Trail

  5.0 ( 12 ) Favorite


11.7 mile 18.9 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 2,472' 753 m
Descent: -2,472' -754 m
High: 6,836' 2,084 m
Low: 4,472' 1,363 m


Avg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 30% (17°)


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Trail shared by Tony Locati

A 12 mile out-n-back up to Cutthroat Pass - spectacular views are worth the 2,500ft elevation climb.

Tony Locati

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This trail is a favorite on the bike. The first 1.7 miles climbs a mellow 400 ft as it follows Cutthroat Creek to Cutthroat Lake. (Take a peek at Cutthroat Lake by taking the 0.2 mile spur trail.) From the lake, the trail climbs another 1900 ft in 3.8 miles to Cutthroat Pass (6800 ft). Prepare for gorgeous mountain views!

The trail is really nice for biking: the grade is never too steep and the singletrack is basically smooth and firm, with variable sections of sandy, or loose rocky Eastern Washington tread.

Need to Know

Northwest Forest Pass required for parking at trailhead.

***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).


This trail is an out and back that runs up to Cutthroat Pass. The whole trail is at a comfortable grade and runs through a nice shady forest until you reach the sub-alpine a few kilometers from the pass. Though the majority of the trail is easily rideable, there are some rocky, technical sections that will challenge even expert riders.

The switchbacks are especially technical, though not dangerous and are a great challenge for riders of all levels. The first (which is also the last) section is the most flowy and fun, and you can really rip it through the forest. However, the best section without a doubt is the last climb into the alpine where the view of the whole drainage really opens up as you climb up to the pass. From Cutthroat Pass you can see back where you came from down near Cutthroat lake and over the other side of the pass; the views are stunning.

Directions: From Winthrop drive State Route 20 west about 26 miles (or 1.5 miles west of Lone Fir Campground). Turn right on Forest Service Road 400 and follow for 1 mile to the trailhead.


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Jun 22, 2019
Whitney F
Perfect conditions!
Jun 21, 2019
Joseph Rodriguez
Oct 17, 2018
Alex Polyak
Sep 21, 2018
Joshua Hawkins
12mi — 3h 00m
Jul 1, 2017
Debbie Torget
Aug 7, 2016
Ronan Cahill
Jul 14, 2016
J. Campbell
Spectacular views. 10 foot patch of snow. Worth every single foot in climbing for the view. 11.7mi — 2h 30m
Oct 12, 2014
Jeff Hebert
11.7mi — 1h 35m

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