Distance: 4 miles round trip Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Cutthroat Lake is a beautiful destination and really, quite an easy trail. It’s great if you want a short jaunt and is one of our favorite trails to recommend to families. Be sure to look up once you reach the lake, because the view of the ridgeline that towers above you is breathtaking.
From the Trailhead, head gradually up about 1.7 miles to the first junction, marked by a sign pointing down and to the left to the lake. Follow this trail about a quarter mile to your destination. If you were to go straight at this sign instead, it would take you to Cutthroat pass in another 3.8 miles. (One of the area’s most spectacular spots. See Cutthroat Pass trail description).
Driving Directions: From Cascades Outdoor Store in downtown Winthrop, head west on Highway 20, turning left at the stop sign. Drive 26 miles until you see a large forest service sign pointing you to the Cutthroat Trailhead.
For trail info, gear, or to pick up a map stop in to Cascades Outdoor Store. We look forward to seeing you before or after hitting the trail!