7 July 2022 Woods Lake to Navajo Lake and back (9 miles, +3,000/-3,000 feet).
Today the weather looked a little better, so Goose and I decided to do a slightly longer hike. This time we drove to Woods Lake where we started our 2,500 foot climb into the Lizard Head wilderness, up to a ridge overlooking the Navajo Basin.
Woods Lake itself was gorgeous, a destination in its own right, and the flowers were spectacular!
Goose pointed out my favorite flower of the day, a tiny little thing right on trail:
At an old trapper’s cabin I had to stop and horse around:
Above 11,000 feet near the top of the ridge we hit a meadow that was absolutely brimming with wildflowers.
I got really excited when we neared the basin, getting our first view of the aptly-toothy peak called “El Diente.”
And in no time we made it down to Navajo Lake.
We hung out at the lake for a while, debating whether or not to jump in. In the end we decided to just enjoy the view.
It was one more climb to start back to Woods Lake, but 500 feet feels easy after 2,500!