Just getting to the trail-head for our Cutthroat Pass hike was awesome…amazing… and fully worthy of the superlatives often attached to more mundane undertakings.
The North Cascades Highway has to be one of the best driving routes in the US – an engineering marvel and a scenic spectacular.
It’s the kind of road that makers of car commercials cry out for, with mountains towering over sinuous curves of tarmac which pierce majestic pine forests.
And the scale is huge.
The hike had a tough act to follow but during the course of its 10-miles and 2,000ft height gain it slowly revealed magnificent vistas and epic landscapes. We also got lucky with the weather. Not a drop fell on Rainy Pass during our walk, probably because I packed full rain gear.