Navaho Pass & Peak


Backpack - Navaho Pass & Peak

Moderate to strenuous backpack to Navaho Pass with an optional short hike up to Navaho Peak. Expect beautiful views, beautiful wildflowers, and great company. This will be a mentored backpack for Susan Conbere.

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  • *Varies*, Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5 mph depending on the pace of the group

We will meet at the Stafford Creek Trailhead in Cle Elum at 9:00 a.m. 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.


Drivers will need a Northwest Forest Pass or a National Park Pass.

Navaho Pass is a 3,000-foot climb (5.5 miles) to flower-filled meadows. 

The elevation gain is evenly spread out on the way to the pass and we'll stop for beauty breaks along the way. We'll have lots of time, so there's no need to rush. We can choose to camp in the meadow, or continue on to the pass to make camp.

Those who are interested can take a 0.8-mile (1,000' gain) hike up to Navaho Peak. The trail to the peak is very steep and straight, but well worth the effort to get excellent views of Stuart Range. 

We will return to the trailhead in the morning after a leisurely breakfast.

See the hike description on WTA for additional details:


I will review weather conditions closer to the day of the hike. If daytime temperatures are predicted to be very hot or heavy rain is forecast, I will choose an alternate destination.


Navaho Pass & Peak

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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

The following items are also required:

  • A mask or other face covering
  • Hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap
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