Kelly Borkbackpacking, hiking

Cutthroat Pass, WA

Kelly Borkbackpacking, hiking
Cutthroat Pass, WA

Here in Washington, we don't have the same fall foliage as the east coast, but we do still have some crazy color changes. Larch trees live high in the mountains where it gets really cold, so it saves energy for them to drop needles in the winter. As they pull the chlorophyll back into their trunk, they don't have any green color in their needles anymore, so they're left with bright yellow needles... aka LARCH MADNESS!!

We looked at a few options for and overnight trip this weekend, but Cutthroat pass is one of the best spots for Larch viewing and was supposed to have the least amount of winds and snowfall on Saturday night... ha. 

Our original plan was to head to  Golden Horn by way of the PCT, but we turned around about 2 miles after Cutthroat pass, since it was far snowier than anticipated and we didn't have traction with us. Our Direkt 2 is a champ in winds and cold, but there was quite a bit of shivering and contemplating heading back to the car, luckily we found a sheltered spot behind a boulder on the trail down to Cutthroat Lake. Super glad we stayed the night, the sunrise in the valley when we woke up was spectacular, and the view from the pass on the way back was so much cooler than the first time we came through. Would definitely love to do this one again in the summer when there's no risk of slipping off an icy ledge into a gorge :)