Navaho Pass

Stafford Creek Trail No. 1359

JUNE 21, 2008  Finally picking up where I left off last fall, I headed to the Teanaway and the hike at the top of my "wish list," Navaho Pass.  The weather forecast called for a 30% chance of rain, and it was sprinkling when I left the trailhead.  I found much to grumble about as I began this hike:  my boots hurt my feet, the bugs were biting, there were blow downs to navigate, and it was raining.  The charm of the Teanaway soon overcame all of my complaints, however, and before long I was hiking through meadows bursting with wildflowers and climbing through fragrant woods.  This trail seems to dawdle as it travels next to Stafford Creek before it finally gets down to the business of gaining elevation.  Once out of the woods, the views don't stop, and the trail climbs moderately through rock gardens that would be the envy of any landscaper.   At the pass, you are confronted suddenly with eye-popping views of the west face of the peaks that surround the Enchantments.  This trail has it all:  wildflowers in the spring, larches in the fall, and views year long. 

I'm never happier than when I'm in these mountains and it felt great to be above 6000' again, so I spent a peaceful 2 hours playing at the Pass.  I scrambled up a talus slope for great views of Argonaut Peak, found a comfortable log at a vantage spot looking across at Little Annapurna for lunch, then hiked the County Line Trail a short distance in each direction.   The weather deteriorated before I could reach a viewpoint of Mount Stuart, so I went home with a promise to return when the weather is better. 

12 miles roundtrip

3000' elevation gain