Cut Bank Pass
ElevationAscent: 143' 43 m
Descent: -3,070' -936 m
High: 7,850' 2,393 m
Low: 4,817' 1,468 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (6°)
Max Grade: 36% (20°)
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“A bruiser of a trail leading from beautiful high alpine to forested valleys below.”— Jake Bramante
From here, you drop down into the bowl through a series of switchbacks, then traverse across the bowl along the base of McClintock Mountain. Through this area, you are going through flower meadows and sparsely populated subalpine firs. At the end of this traverse, the trail makes a beeline to the bottom of the valley to meet up with the Nyack Creek Trail.
Instead of opting for switchbacks, the trail essentially heads straight down the drainage. This section travels through trees with occasional views to the surrounding mountains as you travel across avalanche chutes. The flora goes from alpine to dense, wet forest at the bottom. After the steep section, the trail regains a moderate descent until it reaches the Nyack Creek Trail.
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