A gentle climb that follows a river up for views of the Enchantments.”
— Angela Anderson
Start at the Stafford Creek Trail and work your way along the river as you gradually climb. The going felt fast, and the trail was maintained. Before you reach the meadows, you'll come to a junction with a trail sign. Continue to the right. Right before an alpine meadow, there are camping sites where backpackers can set up for a nice evening under the stars.
If you're only visiting for a day trip, continue through the sites and work your way up on the right side of the meadow. You'll get your first views of the pass and surrounding peaks. You won't see Navaho Peak until almost at the pass.
Stop at Navaho Pass for views of the Enchantments and a quick bite to eat. To see Mt. Stuart, continue climbing up towards Navaho Peak. Reaching the summit is easily negotiable, but gets steeper than the earlier part of the trail. Some trail descriptions describe it as a scramble, but it was an easy journey up without much exposure. If a summit isn't in the cards, you can head back down the way that you came, ending at the trailhead and your vehicle.
Make sure to bring water in the drier months as it may be limited.
Flora & Fauna
Be careful of meadows and stay on the trail to protect sensitive vegetation.