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Navaho Peak is a 12.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Cle Elum, Washington that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 12.8 miles Elevation Gain: 4,137 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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High country pass boasting stunning views of the Stuart range. A high clearance vehicle is highly recommended to make it to this trailhead.

backpacking
1 day ago

We got to Stafford trailhead late Friday (4pm) and ended up hiking up to Navaho camp site (about 6 miles up). It opens up to a beautiful meadow with many campsites. It was fairly full by the time we got there, many people had the same idea for the Fourth of July weekend, but we found a spot further up that had a great view. The next day we packed up and went to Navaho Peak. The last mile trek to the top was by far the hardest part of the hike but worth the venture once you get to the top! We continued to Freedom Peak which was about 1.5-2 miles further. The trail is slightly hard to find coming down the other side of Navaho Peak but once you get to the ridge, it’s easy to follow. As we got closer to Freedom peak there is a steep descent with some loose rocks that were a little slick before ascending to the peak (short scramble at the top). Freedom peak provided another beautiful 360 view. We decided to continue to Miller peak (about 3 miles away) and was hoping to find a spot to camp after the peak. The trail between Freedom and Miller peak was absolutely beautiful! Only ran into two other couples on the way so the trail was much less travelled than the trail up to Navaho peak. The trail at times was hard to follow but we stayed close to the top of the ridge, which the trail seemed to follow. Having our gps and following others tracks was helpful. There were several amazing camp sites along the way that we contemplated stopping at but there was no access to water, just patches of snow. This section of the trail (in our opinion) the best part, traveling along the ridge gives amazing views the whole time and many wild flowers. Once again, there was a 360 view at the top of Miller peak that is worth checking out! After Miller peak, we were disappointed to find that there weren’t any camping spots as you decent back towards Miller-Bear trailhead so we decided to complete the loop back to the car. The trail down was well maintained and easy to follow. Once we hit the trailhead we walked down the road back to our car that was parked at Stafford trailhead (less than a mile away). First day we hiked 6 miles and the second was 11.5 miles. We ran into a few people who did it in the same day and there are also places along the way to camp if you want to break it up. Over all it was an amazing hike and would recommend going this time of year!

backpacking
2 days ago

Did this as an overnight backpacking trip, absolutely loved it! If you hike to the peak, make sure your shoe treads are in good condition- the trail gets very rocky and steep. Going back down the trail was a bit rough since I kept sliding on all the small rocks- just be careful!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing hike. Road to get there is great in comparison to other rural forest roads. Trail is well established, even saw some forestry workers clearing fallen trees. The hike up to the meadows is moderately difficult with backpacking gear but manageable. The meadows are amazing with ample camping space. Once you get above the meadows into the ridge area, the 360 views are incredible. It is a little windy but makes sense given you are on top of a mountain with little cover. I didn't go up to the peak but I would imagine it is awesome up there as well. All in all, a hike that I plan on doing again!

hiking
9 days ago

Absolute amazing views, steep last mile. Road rough but passable.

hiking
10 days ago

Went up Friday and spent the night at the meadow, perfect. After setting up camp we went to the pass and up to the peak for sunset, which was a dud in spite of many clouds. It was cold and very windy up at the peak. Load of flowers everywhere, saw quite a few buck deer with antlers. It’s beautiful up there, even the Barrens were beautiful. Road in to trailhead is fine, when we got back there was a half mile of cars along the road. Glad we got out on Saturday morning as we encountered 157 people headed up as we came down! I counted. PS I’m almost 70, so you can do this hike too.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail was in great shape, got there early, no problem with parking. Had a bluebird day, nice and cool in the AM and arrived to some stunning views of the Stuart Range and Mt Rainier and I believe Mt. Adams (pretty sure) a little toasty in the afternoon on the way down but a fabulous day all in all. 13.7 miles. Take plenty of water.

hiking
12 days ago

Very popular trail but plenty of room to spread out and explore. You can stop at the Meadows for a shorter hike and relax; hike up the pass for some extra elevation and a gorgeous view of the back of the Stuart Mt range; or go for the peak and great leg work out! We chose the Pass today and took a few hours to just soak in the views and the sun. Although this trail had tons of hikers, everyone was respectful and offering social distance. Most had masks or neck gators. Expect to see tons of backpackers as there are many spots to camp overnight. This is the most diverse collection of wildflowers I have ever seen on one trail ~ lupine, balsam root, yellow and red columbine, baby’s breath, pearly everlasting, mountain phlox, rockside larkspur, skyrocket, tall mountain shooting star, aster, thistle, spotted coral root, salmonberry, tigerlily, spreading stonecrop, flyers violet, snow buttercup, mountain vanilla, wood strawberry, pinedrops, meadow salsify and Indian paintbrush!

hiking
12 days ago

Incredible hike. This was the hardest overnight I have done so far but it's was very much worth it. The trailhead parking was very crowded, but the trail was wide enough that it was relatively easy to distance. The trail leading up to the meadow was relatively easy but once you get to the summit trail it gets pretty tough. We were able to get up there with no spikes or poles even, though poles would have been very helpful. We set up camp just past the summit and found a spot without much wind, though it was howling that night. Weather was terrific and we loved the hike overall.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
rocky
snow
14 days ago

The trail is in good shape. Starting to get dusty and horse poopy. Not as difficult as I had expected. Only 2 small bits of snow left on just before the top on trail. Saw plenty of people and tents. Parking lot was over full when I started. Wasn’t the clearest day, couldn’t even see Rainier. View was nice, but I think Earl, and maybe even Miller have better views. Anyway it was an awesome hike and a good day.

hiking
scramble
17 days ago

Amazing. Highly recommend camping at the meadows 5 miles in. We hiked in starting at 3:30PM, had camp set up by 7:30 and a hot meal in hand. Campfires are allowed at the meadow and almost everyone has one! The hike from the meadow to the peak is intense. From meadow to pass is steep but nothing too bad. Pass to peak is harsh! Serious incline. A bit sketchy coming down from the peak on some loose gravel, watch your footing. Incredible views of Stuart, the top is something special. Very well maintained trail. Gorgeous and lush green everywhere. I imagine lots of berries in late summer

17 days ago

Wow! Amazing 360 view from the top on a clear and sunny day. The trail is long enough to have plenty of miles of solitude despite the parking area being full. Bring lots of water or your filtration device, plenty of snacks, and stay on the trail all day.

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hiking
18 days ago

First mile a little steep. The next five miles to the camping meadow was very consistent in its elevation gain. After the meadow it got fairly steep to the pass/saddle. From the pass to the summit sucked. Very steep.

hiking
no shade
18 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous view on a clear day. It was almost unbelievable. This hike makes you work for it though as the views don't show up until the very end. No matter, the trail is gorgeous as it follows a river and weaves in and out of Ponderosa pines. Definitely pack a hat and reapply your sunscreen, this trail is exposed (even when you think you will be under tree cover somehow the sun found the trail). Last section up to the peak is very steep but worth it. Small section of snow that was easy to cross. Lots of spots for camping. Even though the lot and road looked full of cars the trail felt empty. Bathrooms were open at trailhead!

hiking
muddy
rocky
snow
26 days ago

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

I would recommend this hike! It is not as steep as you would think. Sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses. If you want something more gradual with switch backs this is your hike. Long, and beautiful views through the trees and at the summit. My Rainer says hi too.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Snow melt is in full effect and the trail had quite a few muddy sections, some that were more like little streams! A few patches of snow the last few miles. Microspikes were handy for traction but you could manage without (some inadvertent glissading may occur though hah). Views from the top were perfection. Loved it!

hiking
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Beautiful views! Still tons of large snow fields the last 1/3 of the hike. I made it without poles or any other snow gear but would recommend. Most of the elevation gain is the last bit of the hike, mostly through snow. Bring plenty of water (and sunscreen, the snow glare was a little intense in places)! It was a sunny day, combined with the elevation; I needed at least twice as much water as I brought. Also recommend dressing in layers. I was hot in the sun, but got cold near the top when it started getting windy.

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

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