The Navaho Pass Campground is located just below the actual pass in a large, grassy, open meadow that's popular with hikers, backpackers, and peak baggers.
The campground is located near water and among the incredible views of Alpine Lakes Wilderness. A short climb to the pass proper will reveal breathtaking views of Mount Stuart and the backside of the Enchantments.
If you choose to, you can continue along the ridge and summit Navaho Peak at 7,223'.
Be aware that camping areas are very popular due to the relative ease of getting to these scenic areas with a pack.
Navaho Pass Campground: At a Glance
Navaho Peak Permit: You need a Northwest Forest Pass or National Parks Pass to park in the lot. A Discover Pass will earn you a ticket, even on weekdays. If you don’t have a pass, you can fill out a one-day parking slip at the trailhead for $5.00.
Dogs allowed: Yes! Dogs are allowed on this trail. Pups of many sizes do well on this trail and enjoy camping at the pass.
Camping: Camping is allowed along the trail. The most popular spot is in a meadow just below Navaho Pass.
If you want to hike all the way to Navaho Peak summit, make sure to check out Traverse the Pacific Northwest's Complete Guide to Hiking Navaho Peak.
Navaho Pass Campground Information
The Navaho Pass Campground is a backcountry camping area that is only accessible via a several-mile hike from the Stafford Creek Trailhead or from Ingalls Creek if you're feeling inspired.
There are several well-established areas where groups or individuals choose to camp. There is no camping permit required.
Don't be surprised if you're not the only one at the campground, as groups are known to camp here for several nights while venturing out to multiple peaks in the Teanaway.
Navaho Pass Trailhead - Stafford Creek Trailhead
The trail begins at the Navaho Pass Trailhead, also known as the Stafford Creek Trailhead. It's along a well-maintained gravel road with plenty of parking in the large lot and along the side of the road (Forest Road 9703) at about 3,000'. A Northwest Forest Pass or National Parks Pass is required for parking at Navaho Peak. Stay on the Stafford Creek Trail the whole way to the summit.
Hiking to Navaho Pass
The hike to Navaho Peak is on mostly flat ground with a more sustained, steeper section before you get to the campground. It's an absolutely gorgeous hike in Wenatchee National Forest and well-worth the effort to spend the night in the spacious meadow below Navaho Pass.
It will take you between 4 and 6 hours to get from the trailhead to Navaho Pass Campground. Fit parties may make the hike in less time. To summit Navaho and return to the campground, add another 1 hour to 2.5 hours.
Navaho Peak Trail Map
Check out the map below with Navaho Peak Summit, the pass, and two camping options marked. The camping area closest to Navaho Pass is the best choice for a group wanting to make the most out of this PNW adventure.
The trail gains little elevation over the first mile as it runs slightly uphill alongside a river. You'll get a few views through the trees of the surrounding valley before breaking through up higher and admiring the interesting shapes of rocky outcroppings around you. There may still be some snow on these low peaks in the spring!
The trail starts up a few moderate switchbacks before running beside a river. This is the best place to get water while camping at Navaho Pass. At the next divider, take the trail right into the meadow. You can choose to camp in any of the already-established sites on all sides of the meadow.
Are there any bears in Navaho Pass, WA?
Bear sightings around Navaho Pass are not unknown. Take the normal precautions you would anywhere, and make sure to bring bear spray and store your food somewhere safe.
How long is Navaho Pass Trail?
The Navaho Pass Trail is 11 miles long. If you continue to the summit of Navaho Peak, the trail is around 13 miles long.