Navaho Peak, Little Navaho, and the Three Brothers
Brett and I parked on Stafford Road and headed up the Stafford Creek trail (#1359). At Navaho Pass (west of Navajo Peak) we headed east on the County Line Trail. Where the trail leaves the ridge and starts contouring across the south side of Navaho Peak, we followed a bootpath (not on maps) that leads up the ridge to the summit of Navaho Peak. Great views of the Stuart Range from here.
From the summit we followed the SE ridge of Navaho, which went with no difficulties. Shortly after crossing the trail we found a somewhat flat, vegetation-less spot to bivy on the ridge.
In the morning we headed east down the trail, wasting at least half an hour on a miscommunication that got us separated for a while. But eventually we were reunited and were heading up the west ridge of Three Brothers. This was a good scramble ridge with nice views of the Start Range, there were many small cliffs to thread through (I think many ways would go). We made it to the main summit of Three Brothers with no difficulties. This was one of the only summits I've been to that had two summit registers.
From the summit we headed down the ridge but soon dropped SW down the mild slopes of Three Brothers to where Negro Creek meets the gulley that leads up to the 5,960'+ pass between Navaho Peak and Little Navaho. We followed the gulley up to the pass, then took the ridge up to Little Navajo.
From Little Navaho we dropped back to the 5,960'+ pass, then dropped down the west side of the pass toward the Stafford Creek trail, staying on the south side of the creek/gulley.
The hike back to the trailhead went quickly.
Nothing on this trip exceeded class 2. Lots of open country, peaks, and some excellent views. A very good trip.
2006/09/16 to 2006/09/17
approx. 6,285 feet
Seattle Outdoors: Hiking & Cycling-Puget Sound and Cascades
3 hours 53 minutes ascending from Stafford Creek trailhead (trail #1359) to Navaho Peak
34 minutes descending from Navaho Peak to campsite on S ridge of Navaho Peak
1 hour descending from campsite on S ridge of Navaho Peak to valley floor
1 hour 4 minutes ascending from valley floor to SW peak of Three Brothers
1 hour 26 minutes descending from SW peak of Three Brothers to valley floor
49 minutes ascending from valley floor to summit of Little Navaho
54 minutes descending from summit of Little Navaho to back on Stafford Creek trail (#1359)
1 hour 3 minutes descending from back on Stafford Creek trail (#1359) to Stafford Creek trailhead (trail #1359)
2 hours 8 minutes driving back from Stafford Creek trailhead (trail #1359) to 65th St Park and Ride
McClellan Peak from Navaho Pass
Three Brothers from Navaho Peak
Little Navaho from south ridge of Navaho Peak
Three Brothers, SW peak from south ridge of Navaho Peak
Earl Peak from south ridge of Navaho Peak
Navaho Peak from south ridge of Navaho Peak
Copyright © 2004 Gabriel Deal.