- Ingalls Creek: first three miles are clear and then it gets surprisingly brushy (decent amount of alder) for such a popular trail; ~15 blowdowns. Immediately after the confluence with Falls Creek look for a log ~.25m upstream (5.4m from TH on my GPS) that is visible from the trail.
- Falls Creek: faint trail leads up and east to cross Falls Creek (rock hop or ford) and a couple of cairns mark a well-worn trail to the unnamed creek flowing down from Three Brothers' middle summit. Although maps show an abandoned trail crossing both creeks and staying on the west of Falls Creek the terrain looked very difficult. We stayed on the east side of Falls Creek the entire way up the basin. Solid snow started at 4200'.
- Navaho Peak: at 5400' we headed west into the large NE-facing basin toward Navaho's summit. Snow was solid and good for snowshoes (me) or microspikes (Sir Hikes). At 6600' SHaL took a steep, direct route to the summit while I trended a bit more toward the gentle north ridge and up to the summit. Large east-facing cornices on Navaho's south ridge.
- Three Brothers: we dropped down Navaho's SE ridge staying above the cornices and then descended straight east to the Navaho-Three Brothers saddle at 6050'. Taking the normal route up Three Brothers' west side was about half snow and half dirt/rock where we could actually follow the summer trail. On descent we went into Falls Creek basin from the Navaho-Three Brothers saddle, meeting our tracks back at ~5350'.
|Looking across Ingalls Creek after crossing the log|
|Scooting the Ingalls Creek log; Sir Hikes photo|
|Falls Creek crossing|
|Falls Creek crossing; Sir Hikes photo|
|Reaching some open slide slopes around 4600'|
|Upper Falls Creek Basin, Navaho summit back center-left|
|Some steep sections on Navaho's NE slopes|
|Navaho NE slopes, Three Brothers main/west (right) and middle (left)|
|Stuart-Enchantment and Teanaway ranges|
|Navaho's south ridge; we descended the ridge in the mid-ground down to the saddle, then up Three Brothers' west ridge|
|Big cornice failures and more to come, looking back at Navaho's south ridge|
|Three Brothers wide summit ridge|
|Reaching Three Brothers summit|
|Rejoining our tracks in upper Falls Creek basin|
|Falls coming off McClellan Peak|
|Zoom of the falls|
|Sir Hikes styles the Ingalls Creek log; I butt-scooted|