Navaho Pass (Jun 1-2, 2019)

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navaho_pass_coverConditions: Backpack
Gear: overnight gear
Map: USGS Enchantment Lakes
Area: Teanaway
Reference: Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region
Stats: 11.58mi, 3148' gain (round trip)
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I was struggling to come up with an idea for an overnight trip. Then it struck me...Navaho Pass. Steve and I were nearby a few weeks earlier (at Ingalls Creek) and I think that's what made me think of heading back to this area. It's been a while since I've been through here, about 10 years, I was overdue to return.

I wanted to get an early start to get parking and avoid the heat. When we arrived just after 9am, the lot was pretty full but we did find parking. We put the packs on and headed up the trail (TH 3066') It has been long enough since I've been up the Stafford Creek trail that I couldn't remember much about it. It was fun and gorgeous. Lots of flowers still out. The sound of water was almost always nearby.

The elevation gain to the pass is spaced out pretty evenly all the way to the pass. Nothing ever gets too steep. By the time we reached the pass, about 1:30pm, I was relieved to find that only one other tent was occupying one of the tent sites at the pass (elev 6022'). There are a few (not many...but at least a few) campsites along the ridge at the pass. We found a good sized flat spot obviously well used and pitch the tent.

It was a bit warmer than planned so both of us just enjoyed relaxing, taking in the views and eating a late lunch. Later in the evening we melted some snow for water and made dinner...again taking in the views before turning in around dusk.

Later in the evening, midnight, Steve woke me up as he was excited to see so many stars. We spent a bit of time taking in the star show before again heading back into the tent.

Early the next morning Steve work me up to let me know he planned to hike/scramble up Navaho Peak. I'd been up the peak several times and while he tucked in a new peak...I got to sleep in just a little bit more. Around 7am I was up for good and made breakfast and waited for Steve to return (he did around 8:30am). After h arrived back at camp we packed up and headed out.

What a fun idea for a first backpack of the year.
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