Ascent of Navajo Mountain on 2012-05-20
|Others in Party:||BMS 914|
----Only Party on Mountain
|Date:||Sunday, May 20, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||4x4 Vehicle|
| Elevation:||10346 ft / 3153 m|
Ascent Trip ReportPlease note that to hike legally in the Navajo Nation, one must purchase hiking passes ($5 per person per day) see http://navajonationparks.org/permits.htm
Getting to this hike is straightforward- take Indian Route 16 (which is paved all the way) to the first dirt road that parallels phone or power lines intersecting the road. Make a left there and follow the road. The road, as of 5/20/2012, is drivable to the summit for a good 4WD vehicle and driver. There are really only two very bad stretches- from about 7700-7760 and 8800-9000 feet, and they are only bad because they are steep with some loose terrain. That said, park where your vehicle and/or skills allow, or where you get the level of effort you want.
The road actually offers better views than the summit, which is rather flat and covered with trees.
I feel compelled to mention, as mentioned in Dennis Poulin's trip report, the campgrounds at Navajo National Monument are THE place to camp in the area- beautiful sites, running water, heated restrooms, and FREE!
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||2986 ft / 908 m|
| Extra Gain:||200 ft / 60 m|
| Distance:||9.2 mi / 14.8 km|
| Trailhead:||Road @ 7760' 7760 ft / 2365 m|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Time Up:||2 Hours 15 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours 45 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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