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Navajo Peak

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Navajo Peak 

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Elevation: 13,409'
Location: 40.0536, -105.646 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brendan Sheehan on Jun 18, 2002
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Navajo is on the Divide, about 2 mi north of N. Arapaho [Peak]

Navajo is the cone-shaped peak visible from Brainard Lake, just SE of Apache. The large snowfield below the right side of the peak is one of several good moderate snow routes on Navajo and Apache. Navajo has a small amount of low fifth class climbing on it's north face, and a separate 65ft 5.5 pinnacle below its north face called Dicker's Peck.

Getting There 

The Brainard Lake Trailhead is off of Hwy 72 North on Nederland. It is a fee area, $6 per time, $25 season. There are two trailheads, the Long Lake side goes towards Navajo, the Mitchell Lake side goes towards Mt. Toll. These trailheads are at 10,500 feet.

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Navajo Peak:
Dicker's Peck   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Dicker's Peck is the gendarme seen on the ridge.  The North Ridge of Navajo Peak is also visible.

Dicker's Peck 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Navajo Peak
Dicker's Peck, in the notch north of Navajo becomes visible as you hike up the Isabel Glacier trail. You can reach the notch by any of several snow routes with Navajo Snowfield (45 degees) being the most direct. To reach the notch without snow climbing use the East Ledges route on Apache between Navajo Snowfiend and Apache Couloir. (provided the ledges route has melted out) From the north side of the pinnacle climb about 40 feet to a ledge (easy) and step right to a short crack on the west s...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Photos of Navajo Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Randall Weekley approaching the short ridge that leads to the summit.  Nov. 04
Randall Weekley approaching the short ridge that l...
The West Chimney, class 4 when dry, is a good option in these conditions. <br />Photo by Randall Weekley
The West Chimney, class 4 when dry, is a good opti...
Navajo Peak And Dickers Peck from Approach towards Isabelle Glacier
Navajo Peak And Dickers Peck from Approach towards...
An unknown climber works their way up the Navajo snowfield. Dicker's peck is in the foreground.
An unknown climber works their way up the Navajo s...
Hiking up the snowfield in Aug.
Hiking up the snowfield in Aug.
Randall Weekley on the snowfield. <br />Nov. 04
Randall Weekley on the snowfield.
Nov. 04
Navajo Peak with Dicker's Peck just visible. July 2003.
Navajo Peak with Dicker's Peck just visible. July ...
Randall in the West Chimney. Note the trees below for scale.
Randall in the West Chimney. Note the trees below ...
Climber nearing the top of the snowfield.  <br />Nov. 04
Climber nearing the top of the snowfield.
Nov. 04
View from Toll of Dicker's Peck and Navajo snowfield.
View from Toll of Dicker's Peck and Navajo snowfie...
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By Anonymous Coward
Jun 20, 2002

Has anyone been up there recently and know if there is enough snow to climb the Airplane Gully route? Thanks

By Brendan Sheehan
Jun 20, 2002

I was just up there. There is ZERO snow in Airplane gully, you can climb it on scree. If you want to climb on snow you could use Navajo Snowfield, Apache Couloir, or Queen's Way.

By Dmitriy Zinchenko
Jun 24, 2002

Last Monday (17th June) I hiked to the glacier and saw two skiers/snowboarders headed up the Navajo Snowfield. 30 minutes later me and my friends saw a huge avalanche stress fracture right along their path and a second one on the opposite side of the field. The fracture lines stretched all the way to the bottom. Be advised.

By Kevin Craig
Jun 25, 2002

This fracture was on the *Navajo* snowfield?! I was up there on 6/15 and 6/22 and didn't see any evidence of fracturing, old or new. The snow was very mature and consolidated. The N. Face is *great* route BTW!

By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jul 21, 2003

The picture above shows the Navajo snowfield, not the Isabelle Glacier as the caption indicates.The Isabelle Glacier is off to the right, and not really visible until you hike up right of the trail to Navajo.

By Danny dubsack
Aug 7, 2006

On the descent to the unnamed lake from Navajo, did anybody else notice the numbers and letters painted on the rocks to the right (east). Wussup wid dat?

By Jeff Barnow
From: Boulder Co
Jun 4, 2007

Does anyone know the name of the couloir lookers left of Navajo's summit while coming from Brainard? I skied it yesterday and was wondering. Good corn snow one good short section with some ice in it and there is a nut/cam anchor to rap over this section for the descent if you don't want to jump it like my buddy Zack did. This section is the crux of this climb.

By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jun 4, 2007

The airplane couloir. Its name comes from the DC-3 that met its end by crashing there. It use to be covered with its remains. When I was real young, you could see the reflection of the metal in the morning from highway 72.

By Bryan Gartland
From: Helena, MT
Jun 5, 2007

Is the plane wreck gone? In the late 80s or early 90s there was still a BIG piece of the fuselage high in the couloir and a complete wing near the bottom that had caught a ride on an avalanche. If I can find my photos of the wreckage Iíll add them to the site.

By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Jun 5, 2007

The plane wreck was still there Oct of '05. It is set in the deep part of the couloir and wouldn't surprise me if it is not visible when snow fills in.

By Jeff Barnow
From: Boulder Co
Jun 7, 2007

I couldn't see any wreckage when we sent it, so I would have to assume it was covered by snow. There was avalanche debris at the bottom of the couloir.

Does anyone know exact mileage from the trail head to Navajo's summit?

By Clark Powers
Jun 24, 2007

We were just on the summit yesterday, from halfway up the snowfield we saw 5 peices of what appeared to metal debris at the bottom of the couloir. We calculate the distance at around 9.2 miles.