CHS 1 Hike

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Navaho Pass

This is one of the classic Teanaway area hikes and features riparian delights, wildflowers, interesting geology, and ultimately an excellent view of the Stuart Range. CHS hike led at a CHS 1 pace (1.5-2.0 mph)

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 11.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft

Plan on meeting at the Tibbets Valley Park & Ride (exit 15 off of I-90) at 6:00 am for an approximate 1 hour, 45 minute drive via I-90 to the trailhead or meet at the Stafford Creek trailhead at 7:50 am.  The last four miles to the trailhead are on a gravel road.  Two years ago it had many potholes but was still navigable at  10-20 mph in a sedan.  A NW Forest or Senior pass is needed for parking as the trailhead lot has an outhouse style toilet.

An optional post hike meal, most likely at Basecamp Books and Bites in Roslyn is planned.

After a short flat section along Stafford Creek and one steep rise, the trail rises at a fairly consistent 500 feet per mile to the Pass. At 3.5 miles, there should be a water source for filling water bottles near a trail junction. This is followed by switch-backs to a pleasant meadow and then a short walk through a ‘moonscape’ to the pass and stunning views.
Please consider bringing hiking poles as the elevation gain on the hike is 3000 feet.

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

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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