Elevation: 13,409 ft
GPS: 40.054, -105.646 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared 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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Classic Climbing Routes at Navajo Peak

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Dicker's Peck
Trad, Alpine
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dicker's Peck
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad, Alpine
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Has anyone been up there recently and know if there is enough snow to climb the Airplane Gully route? Thanks 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. Jun 20, 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. Jun 24, 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! Jun 25, 2002
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. Jul 21, 2003
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? Aug 7, 2006
Jeff Barnow
Boulder Co
Jeff Barnow   Boulder Co
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. Jun 4, 2007
Allen Hill
FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Allen Hill   FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
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. Jun 4, 2007
Bryan Gartland
Helena, MT
Bryan Gartland   Helena, MT
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 I’ll add them to the site. Jun 5, 2007
Casey Bernal
Wheat Ridge, CO
Casey Bernal   Wheat Ridge, CO
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. Jun 5, 2007
Jeff Barnow
Boulder Co
Jeff Barnow   Boulder Co
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? Jun 7, 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. Jun 24, 2007