Ascent of Navajo Mountain on 2012-05-20

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:BMS 914 -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Joel Brewster
Collin Kamholz
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, May 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:Navajo Mountain
    Elevation:10346 ft / 3153 m

Ascent Trip Report

Please note that to hike legally in the Navajo Nation, one must purchase hiking passes ($5 per person per day) see

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
    Total Elevation Gain:2986 ft / 909 m
    Extra Gain:200 ft / 60 m
    Round-Trip 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
Ascent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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