Highchair Mountain & Bootjack Mountain

Highchair Mountain & Bootjack Mountain is a scramble of 12 miles with 5,400 feet of elevation gain.

Driving directions

Drive to the parking area immediately north of Black Pine Campground near the end of the Icicle Road 18 mi from its junction with US 2 in Leavenworth (2820 ft).

approach & ascent

Locate the trail across the road from the parking area and follow it for 0.2 mi as it jogs southeast, then south, then east to a junction with Blackjack Ridge Trail #1565. Follow Trail #1565 generally south for 2.5 mi until it veers to the southeast in an old burn at 6,100 ft. Leave the trail and hike south uphill through a gap in the trees. Pick up a boot path at 6,300 ft and follow it along the east side of the ridge to Bootjack's summit. The Bootjack summit block offers several short scramble pitches ranging in difficulty from Technical 2 (T2) to Technical 4 (T4).

From Bootjack's summit, descend south through a saddle and climb to just east of the top of Point 6640+. Traverse westward another 1.2 mi on the south side of the ridge crest to the low point at 6,140 ft. Following a bearing of 238
degrees, reach The Oasis, a shallow tarn 0.15 mi beyond the Low Point, and the first water source on the route. From The Oasis, follow a bearing of 254 degrees up through trees to the base of the summit block at 6,750 ft. Continue up the left side of the ridge to the Highchair summit.


  • There is a tiny stream that flows from a spring at 6,440 ft just south of the ascent route from which to refill water containers for the return to the trailhead.
  • This route would also work well in early season, with the usual caveat to exercise caution regarding avalanche and cornice hazards. However, the boulder-strewn ridge south of Bootjack becomes a minefield during the transition from solid snow cover to bare rock, and should be avoided during that time.


  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 5
  • Length: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,600 ft
  • 7,016 ft
  • USGS Jack Ridge
  • Green Trails Chiwaukum Mtns No. 177
  • Green Trails Alpine Lakes West (Stevens Pass) No. 176S

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