This was a long and challenging day. I took the standard route up Navajo but was off trail the rest of the way except for one mile of the main trail where I dropped down the ridge south of Freedom Peak. Navajo to Three Brothers was straightforward and getting to Freedom wasn't really bad - I think I took one of the best routes possible.
I tried to take the ridge all the way back to the trail head from Freedom and ran into one place where was having some difficulties getting around. I had my two dogs and we were all getting a bit tired so we dropped off a little early. That line, too, had it's challenges but we made it back without incident. I did come across some like wolf tracks and scat coming off the ridge. Luckily the scat was not still steaming. :)