BETA PHOTO: Isabelle glacier cirque at sunrise. Nirvana.
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.
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.
From the notch north of Navajo, (see Dicker's Peck for details) you can climb up Navajo's north face instead of using the scrambling route on the peaks west side. (called west chimney) Head straight up easy rock for 100-200 feet. This is class 4 - 5.0 and may not need a rope. Next climb an easy pitch (5.4 max) up towards the tan colored summit cliffs. Some scrambling takes you under the west side of the summit cliffs, and you have now rejoined the West Chimney scrambling route. An optional ...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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.
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 Administrator 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.
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.
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.