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Navaho Peak

Snoqualmie Region

Location

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway
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Length

13.7 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 4223 ft.
Highest Point: 7223 ft.

Rating

4.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 
 

From Navaho Pass, the trail to Navaho Peak is siren-like, pulling you towards the summit long after you realize how tired you are. But for peak-baggers, or those simply interested in getting a gorgeous view from a relatively easy-to-navigate peak, the views are worth the extra effort.

After climbing to Navaho Pass, it’s almost intuitive to begin wandering up the climber’s trail to Navaho Peak. The pass itself is beautiful, with views of the Stuart Range and Earl Peak filling your view. But it’s small, with not much room to spread out, and many a hiking group looking for a better lunch spot has found themselves climbing toward Navaho Peak.

Head east out of the pass, paralleling the Stuart Range as you go. The trail is more or less straight up; a true climber’s trail. The loose scree and soil is anchored somewhat in place by various wildflowers, including Indian Paintbrush and pentstemon, as well as phlox. These provide a welcome distraction from the continuous uphill plodding, as do the ever-improving views of the Teanaway, Central Washington sprawling beneath you, and the gray, snow-dotted peaks to the north.

It’s a mile of climbing to reach the small summit of Navaho Peak, barely higher than a small rocky outcropping just to the east. Snow lingers up here into July, which can make the final push to the summit a bit of a route-finding endeavor, but once you’ve attained the summit, put on your windbreaker and enjoy the views.

Play a peak identification game: how many of the surrounding summits can you name? Rainier and Adams make appearances on clear days, but even Mount Stuart can be hard to identify from this angle. Below you, the County Line Trail stretches away, down the Ingalls Creek valley into Chelan county, inviting even more exploration in the form of multi-day adventures.

WTA Pro Tip: The summit of Navaho Peak only has room for about four or five people to sit comfortably, so if it’s a weekend, share the summit with other hikers who have made the same trek as you.

 

Navaho Peak

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.3662, -120.8028 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Snoqualmie Region -- Salmon La Sac/Teanaway

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Cle Elum Ranger District

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Guidebooks & Maps

Green Trails Mount Stuart No. 209

Green Trails Liberty No. 210

Getting There

From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 85 for East Cle Elum. Cross the freeway on the overpass and turn right onto Hwy 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in seven miles turn left onto Teanaway Road. Proceed on Teanaway Road, bearing right where it becomes the North Fork Teanaway Road, followed shortly by unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. At the first junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto FR-9703, which is signed for Stafford Creek and drive 2.5 miles to the Stafford Creek trailhead.

There is parking here for about 20 cars in the lot, and parking is allowed on the road, but please keep in mind that other cars have to pass, so when parking on the road, leave enough room for traffic to get by. A toilet is available at the trailhead, as are daily Northwest Forest Passes.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Northwest Forest Pass
 

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