North Navarre Peak + Bryan Butte via Summer Blossom Trail / 北納瓦拉峯

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North Navarre Peak and Bryan Butte sit at the tail end of the long-running Sawtooth Ridge. Both peaks are easily accessible via the Summer Blossom Trail as well. Best of all, either high point gives grand views of their taller neighbors to the north.

North Navarre Peak from Bryan Butte
North Navarre Peak from Bryan Butte

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North Navarre Peak and Bryan Butte at a Glance

Approach: Summer Blossom Trailhead
Round Trip: 6.2 miles
Elevation Range: 4760′-7963′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: yes

The Preface

Last weekend, the pup and I climbed Marsupial Peak and Gilbert Mountain. It’s just above the end of Twisp River Road. Then this week, we came to the southern end of Sawtooth Ridge.

North Navarre Peak was our final peak to tackle along the long-running ridgeline. It’s a relatively quick climb. So we included the nearby Bryan Butte as part of the short day trip.

Cooper Mountain Road
Cooper Mountain Road

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Cooper Mountain Road

We drove 38 miles from Chelan through Cooper Mountain Road to Summer Blossom Trailhead. But the drive was far less appealing than the trail name itself. The service road climbed steadily in the lower elevation. Then it hugged the lower Sawtooth Ridge up higher. Meanwhile, we drove past several high points, including Copper Mountain.

The last few miles on Grade Creek Road had many sections of deep ruts. It was surprising to be able to get through in a low-clearance vehicle. All in all, the estimated 2.5-hour drive ended up taking an extra hour. I had burned much fuel on the way up. So I was having doubts about able to get back to Chelan on a nearly empty tank. But glad that never happened!

Summer Bloom Trailhead
Summer Bloom Trailhead

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North Navarre Peak Climb

The pup and I started walking in the late morning on the excellent Summer Blossom Trail. We hiked the northern end of this trail a month ago via Deadmans Pass. It was the weekend right before my trip to the Picket Range.

From Navarre Pass, another 150′ of leisurely walk got us up to the summit. Unfortunately, the highest point had trees that blocked the views. After that, though, we spent our time on the wide-open eastern end.

North Navarre Peak summit up ahead
North Navarre Peak summit up ahead

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North Navarre Peak Summit Views

This broad summit offered excellent views to the north. It included the long-running Sawtooth Ridge. We also got glimpses of the northwest: Merchants Basin, Horsethief Basin, and Safety Harbor Basins.

South Navarre Peak looked impressive from this angle. We enjoyed an extended summit stay.

Sneak peek
North view

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Bryant Butte Climb

I decided to climb Bryan Butte on the way since it was still early in the day. I wanted to make the long drive worthwhile. So we first hiked back down to 6600′. Then we left the trail moved northeast in the meadow. Soon, we were at the head of the Falls Creek Basin. Then from 7200′, we went up the steep terrain by staying close to the southwest ridge.

We started fighting our way through dense growth from 7000′. But I was happy to see that the bouldered summit had a 180-degree view. From there, we saw the Merchants Basin. The rest of the Sawtooth Ridge was also visible. But the tall, northern peaks were now farther to see clearly. We stayed just long enough for snacks and photos.

Sneak peek
All our friends

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Outro

On the drive back to Chelan, we took more time to bypass the ruts. The low fuel light came on before we were even halfway down on the ridge. So I kept inReach handy in case anything went wrong. But so glad we made it back to the city in time to refuel. The last thing we needed was to wait for help in the backcountry!

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