OverviewNavaho Peak), this area begs out for more exploration.
Three Brothers will afford an excellent view of Mt. Stuart and the Enchantments, not to mention more of a wilderness experience than the rest of the Wenatchee Mountains due to its remote location.
Hike up the trail about 3.5 miles, crossing a very marshy open meadow. While the meadow is marshy, there are great camps here in the woods adjacent to the meadow, with water rushing down stone faces in a mini-waterfall. Cross the meadow the pick up the trail, which is faint to non-existent in the meadow, and find the junction with the StandUp Creek Trail. Go right at the junction, and in 1 more mile, arrive at Navaho Pass and a junction with the old County Line Trail. Head right (East) on the trail, traversing the ridge line until arriving at the south ridge of Navaho Peak. From here, Three Brothers first comes into view.
Drop down into a basin on the east side of the ridge, losing about 400 feet in the process. This basin forms the headwaters of Negro Creek. From the here, climb directly up the West Ridge of the Three Brothers, skirting the ridge from time to time (mainly on the south side) to avoid cliffs. The highest summit is fortunately the first one you will come to, being the West Summit, elevation 7303 feet.
Trip Stats: 16 miles roundtrip, 4600 feet elevation gain, Class 2.
Red TapeA Northwest Trail Park Pass ($30/year) is required to park at the trailhead. Otherwise, there is a wilderness permit required, but it is self-serve and available at the trailhead.
Cle Elum Ranger District
West 2nd Street
Cle Elum, WA 98922
Snow conditions are available from the Summit at Snoqualmie Ski Areas (of which Alpental is one) at the following website:
Summit at Snoqualmie Snow Conditions
Also, webcams are available from the Washington State Department of Transportation at:
Snoqualmie Pass Web Cam