Navaho Peak

A pleasant scramble in the Teanaway region, with spectacular views of The Enchantments that can also be linked with a couple other smaller summits including Little Navaho and Three Brothers.

Driving Directions

Take Exit 85 off of I-90, near Cle Elum. Drive six miles on State Route 970 to the Teanaway River Road. Turn left immediately after crossing the Teanaway River - there is a left turn lane onto this road. Follow Forest Road 9737 (North Fork Teanaway River Road) to 29 Pines Campground. Take the right fork just past the campground, continuing on FR 9737. Then turn right on FR 9703 (Stafford Creek Road) and drive to the trailhead at 3,100 feet.

Approach & Ascent

Start on the Stafford Creek Trail. As you hike the trail, you will see a prominent peak straight ahead. This not Navaho Peak, but Little Navaho Peak, a prominent peak southwest of Navaho Peak on the ridgeline. Follow the trail to a branch at 5,000 feet where you are in a bowl surrounded by Earl Peak on the left and Navaho Peak on the right. Scramble north up to the ridgeline at 6,000 feet. From here, walk the west ridge that angles around to the 7,223-foot summit.


Return by heading south until you reach the Stafford Creek Trail. Do not follow the southeast ridge all the way down to Little Navaho - there are cliffs below.


Alternative #1

Extend your trip by adding Little Navaho, 500 feet more elevation gain and one more mile. Little Navaho is also known as freedom Peak. 

Alternative #2

Hike Standup Creek Trail to ridgeline on which Earl Peak sits. From the saddle, a short and easy ascent leads to Earl Peak. Return to saddle and follow the trail down into the basin and through meadows to the Stafford Creek Trail. From there ascend to Navaho Peak and return by hiking out the Stafford Creek Trail. This is a long and interesting day that involves a short car shuttle between the Stafford Creek and Standup Creek trailheads.

Alternative #3

A strong party can bag three summits by leaving Stafford Creek Trail at a dry stream bed at 2.5 miles. Scramble scree and heather slopes to Little Navaho (not shown by that name on map). Drop down into the basin (often steep snow until mid-June) and head cross-country to the Three Brothers, an easy ridge walk. Descend again and then scramble snow or follow a way trail to summit of Navaho Peak. Descend to Navaho Pass and hike out the Stafford Creek Trail.

  • Difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 2
  • Length: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,123 ft
  • 7,223 ft
  • Green Trails Mt Stuart No. 209
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes East (Stuart Range) No. 208SX
  • USGS Enchantment Lakes

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  • Little Navaho
  • Freedom Peak
  • Little Navaho aka Freedom Peak
  • Navaho and Little Navaho Peaks

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