Navaho Pass & Peak


Backpack - Navaho Pass

One-night backpacking trip to visit Navaho Pass. Trip is 11 miles roundtrip, with 3,000 feet of gain. Wildflowers should be blooming and, weather permitting, we'll enjoy stunning views out to Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments.  Evening exploration is optional for those who want a little more wandering after we set up camp for the night.

  • Moderate/Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2 mph

Meet at the Safford Creek TH @ 8:45 AM and plan to start hiking about 9:00 AM. We'll hike in 5 miles with 3,000 ft of elevation gain and make camp in the meadows about a half mile shy of the pass. Early arrival to our campsite should allow time to do some evening exploration without our heavy packs. 

On Sunday, we'll plan to be back to the TH by early afternoon, and back in the city by early evening, depending on Sunday traffic.

Directions to the Stafford Creek TH:  

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 for approximately 7 miles, bearing right where it becomes the North Fork Teanaway Road. Follow the North Fork Teanaway Road for approximately 6 miles to the end of the pavement at 29 Pines Campground. Take a slight right onto gravel Forest Road 9737. Follow Forest Road 9737 for a little over a mile. 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.  ***NORTHWEST FOREST PASS REQUIRED***

If you are interested in carpooling, we can meet at Issaquah Transit Center at 6:30 AM. More details to follow in the pre-trip email.

This is a mentored trip for the leader gaining her Backpacking Leader's Badge.

This destination is subject to change if it is determined that there has not been enough snow melt to allow us to camp in the meadows. Leader plans to hike the route the week before to assess current conditions and will notify the group at that time if a new destination is required.


Navaho Pass & Peak

  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX

    Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209

    USGS Red Top Mtn

    USGS Enchantment Lakes
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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