Rock and Snow Skills Test

Field trip: Alpine Scrambling Equivalency

Rock and Snow Skills Test - Little Navaho aka Freedom Peak

A one-day scramble up a mountain with steep snow and rock to test rock travel and snow travel skills for people applying for Scramble equivalency.

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,400 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

Stafford Creek TH, also known as Navaho TH.  NW Forest Pass or Annual NP Pass required.  Time 9:00 am. 

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 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.

A day in the Teanaway to practice and demonstrate your off trail navigation skills, your snow travel and ice axe skills, and your rock scrambling skills.  We will also provide and instruct in what we term “protected downclimbing”.  

For people enrolled in the 2022 scramble equivalency process only, after contacting leader with your scramble resume.  


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
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ice Ax

Mountaineering Boots


10 Essentials

see details in group email, but we expect to benefit from snowshoes!

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