This easy hike leads to a spectacular open pass in Washington State.
Part of the Pacific Crest Trail that runs from the Mexican border to E.C. Manning Park in BC, this trail starts just off hwy 20. It was during the first contour that I realized I hadn't charged my camera batteries! The trail maintains a shallow grade through the forest, an ideal path for running, before emerging into avalanche clearings. Cutthroat Peak is covered in larch trees and in late September they are ablaze in yellow, a spectacular sight.
Switch backs keep the grade moderate and soon you arrive at the pass. Views are continuous and options for exploration are countless.