Ascent of Navajo Mountain on 1999-07-14

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Wednesday, July 14, 1999
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Navajo Mountain
    Elevation:10346 ft / 3153 m

Ascent Trip Report

The mountain is entirely on the Navajo Reservation, but the road is generally open to the summit. Camping at the 2.6 mile spot above the repeater site has been OK since it is well away from any settled areas.

From state highway 160 that goes to Kayenta, take route 98 toward Page, AZ. After 12.2 miles turn right (north) onto Indian Route 16 which is a good paved road. After 20.4 miles the pavement ends and the road is good graded dirt. At 31.4 miles stay right at a junction with route 161 and head toward the Navajo Mountain School. From the junction drive 4.2 miles to the Utah state line which is marked by a sign. Go another 0.7 miles and turn left onto a fair dirt road marked by a tire with "mountain" painted on it. Follow this road west for 2.4 miles to a hut at a radio repeater site. In another 0.2 miles there is a suitable graded camping area and parking spot for 2wd vehicles. From here a 4wd vehicle can drive 5.5 miles to the summit, but I suggest going only 2.5 miles to a flat area before the first of nine steep, sharp switchbacks. The switchbacks are tight requiring all but the shortest vehicles to back up to make them and there is a lot of loose rock. The hike from the this point is an easy 3 miles one-way and it saves a lot of wear and tear on your vehicle. UTM at the suggested parking spot before the switchbacks is: 511300E, 4096020N. 7/99 RLC
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