We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Accessible trails from Mazama”

Ranked #4 of 5 things to do in Mazama
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Hike or drive this scenic road to Slate Peak.
Reviewed 4 September 2016

There are several sections of the PCT that are accessible for day hikes. Cutthroat Pass trail starts on the N.side of Rainy Pass at a trailhead with parking. This trail takes you to the Cutthroat Pass in approx. 5 miles. On the south side of the highway, Maple Pass Trail loop affords wonderful vistas in a 6-7 mile loop with a 2000+ elavation gain. While not part of the PCT its still a very popular hike.

At Bridge Creek, a trailhead on the north side of the highway, the PCT heads south towards Stehekin and Lake Chelan. While not terribly scenic, it is a good alternative outing if the weather is less friendly being protected by trees and at a lower elevation.

The PCT from Harts Pass makes for spectacular hiking either direction. Grasshopper Pass to the south is a perfect destination for those looking for a 12 mile hike (6 mi+ one way) nearly all above timberline. Just remember the road to Harts Pass can be very rough and not is suitable for very large or low slung vehicles. And absolutely no RV's or trailers. It's also the highest road in Washington so early and late season can be dodgy with residual winter snow blocking the road or winter-like conditions in September/October.

1  Thank Rick L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (8)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"rainy pass"
in 3 reviews
"pct"
in 7 reviews
"cutthroat"
in 2 reviews
"mile"
in 3 reviews
"grade"
in 2 reviews
"elevation"
in 3 reviews
"turn"
in 2 reviews
"yellow"
in 2 reviews
"trees"
in 3 reviews
"rock"
in 2 reviews
"fall"
in 2 reviews
"trail"
in 5 reviews
Filter

3 - 7 of 8 reviews

Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Okay, I only took a picture at the sign but I will come back to hike this portion to add to the other sections I've backpacked.

Thank Mark V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 September 2015

The little mountain towns of Mazama and Winthrop, WA are great places to stock up or unwind after hiking on the reknown Pacific Crest Trail. Harts Pass is easy access from the general store in Mazama. The road to the pass is spicy.

Camping at the pass is great. I prefer the treed campsites right at the pass but there aren't many of them. The meadows sites are more modern and open about a mile away. Hiking south from Harts to Grasshopper Pass is a great hike. Going north tothe old mining town of Barron is good too. There are many loop hikes to do in the area which can range from 2-10 days in length.

This is the last road crossing of the PCT before it gets to Canada. Many PCT through hikers can be seen passing through here August through October.

Thank austineats
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 July 2015

If you go to Hart's Pass you can hike along the PCT on either the Grasshopper Pass trail or the Windy Pass trail. Both are great hikes. I particularly like the Grasshopper hike in the fall when the larch trees are turning yellow. This hike is 11 miles round trip. The road up to Hart's Pass is rough but well worth the effort.

Thank pshafransky
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 21 October 2013

We hike the PCT really early in the season at the trail head on snoqualmie pass. There was still plenty of snow covering the trail and even more as we got higher in elevation, eventually we started drifting on and off the trail. Our 8 mile intended journey turned into a 5 mile 9 hour hike. We didn't reach our destination due to the weather so we set up camp where we could and settled in for the night on a slope on the side of the mountain. Dangerous, scary, and stupid. However the view the next morning was breath taking. Definitely a great learning experience and make sure you hike certain sections of the PCT during the right times.

1  Thank Huyzee
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Pacific Crest Trail? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing