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PostSun May 20, 2012 5:02 pm 
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. . . there were six (seven, including Gus) Bootjack-High Chair virgins this lovely day . . . here are the suspects and the unsuspecting . . . see them smiling?
Getting ready
Getting ready
The "virgin" crew
The "virgin" crew

There aren't many trip reports recently from Bootjack and High Chair - mainly because the Icicle Creek Road has been closed and it was a long walk (more than 4 miles) from where the road abruptly ended maybe six years ago.  Ragman and Rodman did the trip in 2009 and rode bicycles beyond the wash-out. Ragman and Rodman - Bootjack/High Chair 2009

Today, there were no road issues - just a few logistical issues about who was driving where and with whom.  This started out being an overnight trip, but for various reasons, became a day trip, leaving Seattle at 6:00 a.m.  Along for the day were:  Tish (Alti-Babe), Lindsey (Ranger), Barry (Middle E), Matt (Matt) and to be picked up in Leavenworth, Lindsay (Marmot), the Driver and Gus.  Last weekend, Matt's traveling harem included two Suzannes; fickle guy that he is, this weekend, he opted for two Linds(ey)(ay)s!  A few NW Hiker folks were planning a trip to Frozen or Frigid - and we crossed paths at the 76 Station at the start of the Icicle Creek Road.  Soon we were on our way.

The start of this hike is the livestock unloading area near the Blackpine Horse Camp.  The trailhead is right across the road - #1597 says Ragman, but the Trailhead # was missing today.  Your start is at just under 3000'.  There's a little snow at first, along with some blow down - and some Slide Alder badly in need of trimming - should have brought my clippers.  After all, this trail hasn't gotten much use.  In a few hundred feet, you join up with the trail from the horse camp (Jack Pine Trail) and then in a few hundred more feet, the trail splits off and heads uphill - you want the uphill route - looking innocent enough!
Off we go .  .
Off we go .  .

You wind your way up the ridge on a series of switchbacks that gain elevation quickly.  At about 4000' we hit snow - intermittent at first, but before long, we lost the summer trail and just headed up the obvious "nose of the ridge."  There had been two women who had started out ahead of us, without snowshoes.  When I asked them at the trailhead if they didn't think they would need snowshoes (all of our crew had them firmly attached to our packs) - they said if they did, they would just turn around.  Well, as we entered the snowy slope, we ran into them (and, of course, one of them knew Matt!). They opted to follow our lead, as they were having trouble negotiating the snow - not because they were post-holing.  Hardly.  More because it was rock-hard and difficult to get a good grip on the steep slope. Between 4000' - 6000' we would find that the snow was absolutely bomb-proof!  Tish opted for micro-spikes both on the ascent and the descent in this area through the trees.  The rest of us just toughed it out.
Snowshoes firmly attached to our packs
Snowshoes firmly attached to our packs
Rock hard snow up the ridge
Rock hard snow up the ridge

There was some map checking, but when compared to the GPS, it appeared as though we were right on the money in our effort to gain the bench at 6066' and just out of the trees.
Always good to study where you think you're going
Always good to study where you think you're going

We would realize just how steep this section was on our way back.  But finally, we were out of the trees and the views opened up - it was a gorgeous day. 
Cahsmere
Cahsmere
Finally out of the trees onto Pt. 6066
Finally out of the trees onto Pt. 6066

Back-to-back lovely weekends!  How fortunate.  We were here a few weeks back to do Icicle Ridge/Fourth of July, and there appears to be a lot less snow now.  Once we popped out on the open ridge, the snow was much softer, but we still didn't need snowshoes.  We took a short break at Pt. 6066 and then marched on with our destination, Bootjack, in sight.
Icicle Ridge in distance - pointy-bump on the right is where we were a few weeks ago
Icicle Ridge in distance - pointy-bump on the right is where we were a few weeks ago
The clearing
The clearing
Up we go . . . again
Up we go . . . again
Looking back to Pt. 6066
Looking back to Pt. 6066
Glacier
Glacier
Bootjack ahead
Bootjack ahead
(Marmot) Lindsay and (Ranger) Lindsey
(Marmot) Lindsay and (Ranger) Lindsey
Barry and Tish heading up the ridge
Barry and Tish heading up the ridge
Ridge up to Bootjack
Ridge up to Bootjack
Looking north back down the ridge with the cornices
Looking north back down the ridge with the cornices

This ridge was fabulous! And before long we were scrambling up the rocks to the summit of Bootjack @ 6789'. 
Lindsey coming up Bootjack
Lindsey coming up Bootjack
Summit of Bootjack looking south
Summit of Bootjack looking south

Here, the views are 360 and clear! 
Rainier
Rainier
Stuart
Stuart
Ohh - Ahh
Ohh - Ahh

We were making good time, so we soaked in the sun, grabbed a bite of lunch and took the obligatory summit photo(s).
Bootjack
Bootjack
Bootjack summit
Bootjack summit

Matt had asked, "What is a Bootjack?"  Well, Matt, they come in a variety of styles, but this is the one I use to use to pull my riding boots on! 
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images[9]

Why this summit is called Bootjack, I don't know.

Anyway, just another validation that this was a group of Bootjack AND High Chair virgins!   paranoid.gif  lol.gif

It was time for us to venture off of Bootjack and head to our next destination, High Chair - almost two miles away and we would have to give up more than 600' descending down the ridge and to the High Chair bowl (there wasn't any cereal in the bowl!   shakehead.gif  rolleyes.gif  tongue.gif ) and then gain about 800' to get up to the higher High Chair (7016').
Dropping down from Bootjack
Dropping down from Bootjack
Our route down off of Bootjack
Our route down off of Bootjack
Skirting around a tricky little part of the ridge
Skirting around a tricky little part of the ridge
Ugh - more up
Ugh - more up
Lay-Z-Boy
Lay-Z-Boy
Silver forest
Silver forest
Heading along the ridge
Heading along the ridge

Matt took a little detour to one of the bumps on the ridge (the "girls" were naming these little bumps various "chair" names - I think this one was "Rocker.")
Matt doing King of the Mountain
Matt doing King of the Mountain

And, it was great to see some dirt - bringing hope that we may actually have some brown hikes this summer after all!
Some brown trail along the ridge
Some brown trail along the ridge
Across the ridge
Across the ridge

Even a few flowers for us . . .
Anenome
Anenome

This is Matt on yet another one of our ridge bumps.
On the ridge looking west to High Chair
On the ridge looking west to High Chair

We were making our way steadily towards High Chair, some were worried less about the next summit then they were their next meal.
Gus helping Matt look for snacks
Gus helping Matt look for snacks

The snow was in great condition - a few post holes now and again, but basically solid.
Ridge between Bootjack and High Chair - looking north/northwest
Ridge between Bootjack and High Chair - looking north/northwest
High Chair ahead
High Chair ahead
High Chair ahead
High Chair ahead
Last ridge to the summit of High Chair
Last ridge to the summit of High Chair
Looking south/southeast from summit of High Chair - cornices on the ridge across the way
Looking south/southeast from summit of High Chair - cornices on the ridge across the way
Glacier - kept getting in my pictures
Glacier - kept getting in my pictures
Last push to the top of High Chair
Last push to the top of High Chair
Lindsey getting to the top of High Chair . . .
Lindsey getting to the top of High Chair . . .
Determined
Determined

High Chair was my favorite summit of the two.  The views were more expansive and you felt closer to some of the peaks.  The clouds were moving in from the west, so it might have been a good thing that we opted not to overnight - hard to say.  Of course, we got the required summit shots.
Dirver and Gus on High Chair
Dirver and Gus on High Chair
Lindsey on top of High Chair
Lindsey on top of High Chair
Summiteers on High Chair
Summiteers on High Chair

And then this one pesky mountain just wouldn't move out of my way!
Glacier in the distance . . just can't get enough of it
Glacier in the distance . . just can't get enough of it

I had to get a picture of Harding - a peak we did last year (after two previous failed attempts).  Looking at it from this angle made me understand why this bad boy wasn't a walk in the park! 
Harding - looks as nasty as it was!
Harding - looks as nasty as it was!

Then there is the (in)famous summit tea.
Matt preparing tea
Matt preparing tea
The tea shot
The tea shot

. . . and Matt was regaling us in stories about one of his recent nights out clubbing (he's such a party animal)
. . . and then I walked up to her and said
. . . and then I walked up to her and said

Dude, you gotta' be a little more subtle!  winksmile.gif  embarassedlaugh.gif

One of the things we had talked about doing if we had spent the night on High Chair was running the 6600' ridge to the north/northwest and go out that way, making a loop of the trip.  Well, Matt took a shine to that notion and he decided he wanted to do that TODAY!  It already was after 3:00 p.m.  Undaunted, he convinced (Marmot) Lindsay to join forces with him and return to the car via the other ridge route.  The four of us decided to go with the route that had gotten us to High Chair and retrace our steps. 

We bid them a safe journey as we headed our route and they headed theirs.  Would we ever hear from them again?  Would they make it safely back using this unchartered route?  This, dear friends, you will have to wait and see if Matt posts here . . . let us hope he does!   eek.gif   Good-bye, Matt!   wave.gif  Good-bye, Lindsay!  wave.gif  hink.gif  hink.gif
Tish bidding Matt and Lindsay a fond farewell ,. ,. , would we ever see them again?
Tish bidding Matt and Lindsay a fond farewell ,. ,. , would we ever see them again?

Our group started down . . .
Coming down off of High Chair
Coming down off of High Chair

Looking forward to the glissades ahead.
Lindsey heading down the butt path
Lindsey heading down the butt path
Lindsey bottoming out . . . so to speak
Lindsey bottoming out . . . so to speak
Tish on her way down , ,
Tish on her way down , ,

And soon ascending the ridge to head back up to Bootjack.
Running the ridge back to Bootjack (behind Barry and Gus)
Running the ridge back to Bootjack (behind Barry and Gus)
The final little push to get back up to Bootjack
The final little push to get back up to Bootjack

Once on Bootjack, we headed down (getting a little off-course and picking the wrong ridge - but quickly realizing our mistake) and heading back to Pt. 6066' and then back into the trees.  Barry was able to follow our boot prints pretty much all the way down the very steep, hard snow - it hadn't softened much during the day.  Although today was pleasantly mild, it wasn't quite as warm as last weekend.  At one point, we lost our boot prints, but both GPS's said we were virtually on the summer trail and soon enough, we dropped about 50' and landed squarely on the dirt trail.  The rest was easy walking out - getting back to the car by about 6:30 p.m.  No sign of (Marmot) Lindsay and Matt!  Oh dear.  Well, they had a car.  We left them a note - hoping they would get in touch with us. (Ranger) Lindsey had never been to the quintessentially cute town of Leavenworth, so off we headed to let her have a full dose of the place - and grab some authentic German (or Bavarian I guess) - Mexican food washed down with a Bootjack IPA!
Lindsey
Lindsey

Stats for today:
Gain:  About 5600+'
Time:  About 9 hours car-to-car
Distance:  Maybe 11 miles roundtrip
Gear taken:  Snowshoes, ice ax, poles
Gear used:  Poles
Recommended:  Micro-spikes until that rock-hard snow softens!
Summary: FABULOUS!!!

For those who asked Ragman questions or commented about Bootjack & High Chair (which he didn't answer!):
Type E:  No, there is no summit register on either Bootjack or High Chair that we could find.
Zachster: No excuses!  The road is open.  You gotta' get back up there.  It's still lovely!

A side note - Martin went up here last weekend, but we really didn't see much evidence of their trek. 

So, the question is?  Where's Matt and Marmot Lindsay????   confused.gif  hmmm.gif

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PostSun May 20, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Looks like a good place to go, never thought of those peaks.  I'm glad you guys had good weather the whole day.  Looks like a good time after the hike also

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PostSun May 20, 2012 6:01 pm 
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Nice to be able to bag both in the same day. I wasn't able to do that when I did Bootjack. It sure makes it easier when you don't have to walk the road to get to the trail. The register was there when I was there. I really wish people would leave them be. Looks like not camping was a good call with the rainy weather.


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PostSun May 20, 2012 6:15 pm 
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Thanks SD!  up.gif  These two are on the short list.
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PostSun May 20, 2012 6:47 pm 
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Thanks for a great report on an old time favorite...it's been years. And now it's time to go back! up.gif  cool.gif  Great shots of Glacier!

PS: Should someone call S&R yet?  paranoid.gif

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PostSun May 20, 2012 6:59 pm 
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Two summits, views of Rainier, Stuart and Glacier and Matt regaling clubbing stories lol.gif I'd say, I missed a good one!
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PostSun May 20, 2012 7:07 pm 
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Pictures to come. I promise!

Matt and I made it back to the TH around 8 pm last night.

Running the Sixtysix Hundred Ridge was oh so fun with views of The Cradle, Daniel, Hinman, the Snoqualmie Complex, Baring, Gunn, Merchant, Three Fingers, Sloan, Whitehorse, Whitechuck, Glacier, Bonanza and as well as our up-close friends along Icicle and the Enchantments.

The ridge itself offered a little mellow scrambling and we even got to put on the snowshoes for our ascent of the ridge's high point 6820. We descended from the high point with a few good glissades, made friends with a lost balloon and tromped through the woods. With GPS fine-tuning we popped out at the TH for trail 1551.

I'll leave the fine prose and most excellent photo uploading to Matt.

Thanks to all for a glorious day in the mountains!
Marmot, er Lindsay, er to add to the confusion the Marmot who is now a ranger
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PostSun May 20, 2012 7:09 pm 
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Bootjack, Highchair, SixtySix Hundred Ridge Loop track
Bootjack, Highchair, SixtySix Hundred Ridge Loop track

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PostSun May 20, 2012 7:55 pm 
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For a second I thought Matt and Lindsay were going to drop down to Cradle Lake and out...that was a loop I'd thought about a long time ago, but never managed to do (did visit Cradle Lake though, from Meadow Creek, on an out and back). Cool trip, all of you. Those summits have some of the best views in the region.

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PostSun May 20, 2012 8:19 pm 
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That's a really nice spring trip, love it. I biked in last year over memorial day weekend. Looks like there is a little less snow over that way this year! Nice to see the road now open.
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PostSun May 20, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Yes, this was a fine hike, but all the names were confusing:  was it Bootjack, Jackpine, Blackjack, Jackboot or what?   It took a couple of hours to climb out of the forest, but after that the views were unending.  A great trip, even if we missed out on the overnight!

Suzanne on the ridge
Suzanne on the ridge
Lindsay nears the summit
Lindsay nears the summit
Highchair from Bootjack
Highchair from Bootjack
Bootjack crowd
Bootjack crowd
Looking back toward Bootjack
Looking back toward Bootjack
Suzanne on the summit of Highchair
Suzanne on the summit of Highchair
Stuart, Ingalls, and Harding from Highchair
Stuart, Ingalls, and Harding from Highchair
Looking back at Highchair and 6600 Ridge
Looking back at Highchair and 6600 Ridge

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PostSun May 20, 2012 9:33 pm 
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up.gif  up.gif Looks like a fabulous day!!
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PostMon May 21, 2012 1:10 pm 
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That's a fun trip, one I specifically remember as it kicked off one of my best climbing summers ever.
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PostMon May 21, 2012 2:21 pm 
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Cartman, was that the 2005 Mountaineers trip?

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Cartman on Highchair Summit
Cartman on Highchair Summit

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PostTue May 22, 2012 7:30 am 
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About that memorable 2005 trip: we still tell the story of tracking down the two errant party members, one of whom (Jerry C) is in your photo.
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