North Navarre Peak + Bryan Butte / 北納瓦拉峯+布萊恩孤峯

Last weekend, the pup and I climbed Marsupial Peak and Gilbert Mountain in Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness. This week, we went back to the nearby area on Sawtooth Ridge. North Navarre Peak was our final peak to climb along that ridgeline.

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: TBD
Elevation Range: 4760′-7963′
Gear: none
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the trail

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!

Sneak peek
Sneak peek

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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 one month ago via Deadmans Pass. It was the weekend before my trip to the Picket Range. Soon, we were on Navarre Pass, 150′ below the summit. The top had trees blocking the views. But the eastern end was wide open.

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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