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Navajo Peak is a 11.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Nederland, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 11.2 miles Elevation Gain: 3,116 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Although this hike is mostly in Indian Peaks Wilderness (Roosevelt National Forest), it starts in Lake Brainard Recreation Area. There is a $11 fee (cash only) to enter this area. From mid-October to mid-May, the road into Lake Brainard Recreation Area is closed. Visitors may park at the Gateway Trailhead, just outside of the closed gate. Parking at this trailhead adds 5 miles round-trip to the hike. Visitors starting from Gateway Trailhead do not need to pay the fee as they are starting outside of the park.

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9 months ago

The hike up to the lake with no name is beautiful, and the plane wreckage is sobering. I went with two of my siblings, both experienced hikers (and I consider myself experienced (non-technical) as well), but we all decided it was too sketchy going up the shoot, as we could barely find a rock that wouldn’t move under our feet. I recommend finding the engine and propeller of the plane (I can’t remember which was further up), but then turning around before the shoot. This is not an easy hike, and upon returning to the trailhead, we found out 4 days earlier a man fell to his death on this trail. Please, if you are attempting summiting, do not underestimate the mountain, or the warnings from previous hikers on this thread.

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10 months ago

Be mentally and physically ready for a Very HARD hike-climb. The long lead up trail to the small un-named lake is a very nice hike. Be careful to stay on trail. There are sections one can easily get off the true trail and detoured by a social trail leading elsewhere. Once you get off trail and start up to Navajo, it is Very Hard. Very steep. Lots of loose scree and talus---lots of wasted energy slipping and losing ground. Class 3 stuff in some sections going up airplane gully. Once on the ridge, it is more solid but the typical un-steadiness of rocks. The summit climb is nice. And, of course, on a nice day, the views of Indian Peaks Wilderness from on top are Awesome. The airplane debris is sobering. Be careful on the descent not to go down the wrong gulley off of Navajo. One of them will end in certain Death if not careful and you don't recognize it and turn yourself around. (Don't ask me how I know that? :) Once finally back on the trail and heading out, you will be proud of what you've accomplished. VERY HARD

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Beautiful and Eerie... via airplane gully

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Had a blast hiking up Navajo Peak! Left at 6am on Labor Day and only passed about 6 people until I got up to no name lake. From here the hike gets much tougher as you leave the trail and start scrambling up towards the airplane chute. Past this point I only saw one person and that wasn’t until I reached the top a couple hours later. All in all a really fun and challenging hike, and a great one for those wanting to avoid large weekend crowds.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Not as hard as it looks, the most technical part is the airplane shoot since there is still snow melting

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Friday, November 03, 2017

After you pass the last little un-named lake below the glacier, the trail mostly disappers and you're solidly in cairn territory. Super fun hike with a little scrambling, highly recommend checking some of the more detailed trip reports/guides out there before heading out! Edit: Should add that we did this back in August, it's a bit more technical at the moment.

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