Bootjack Mountain, how I nearly forgot about you! We meant to do this hike last year but failed to realize that a large chunk of the Icicle Creek Road had been closed since 2008. So when we got to the closure we were forced to turn around and went to Icicle Ridge instead.
The road had been reopened since last weekend, so we got lucky and were out on a sunny day despite a late departure from Seattle. When we got into Leavenworth at 11 and we were greeted by the Oktoberfest marathoners running on Icicle Creek Road. Needless to say, there was a line of car in the first mile of the road and we were delayed by another hour. Note to self, check local events next time.
Eighteen miles later we were at the trailhead and started hiking at a quarter to 1 with about 5.5 hours of daylight left. The first two-thirds of the hike was fairly climb, but nothing compared to Hibox from two days before. The last third of the hike was done in snow, thanks to the two (maybe three) parties before me who broke trail. I brought my microspikes and snowshoes just in case, but only needed the spikes for traction. This hike wasn’t a scramble like I had pictured, but that was fine by me!
On our way up, we passed a hunter at the lower elevation and a group of five hikers near the summit. There was a tent set up on the ridge, but the party was nowhere to be seen. The last bit of scramble got somewhat easier with the snow, the dogs got to the summit way before I did.
Breathtaking views of The Enchantments and northern peaks, including Glacier Peak, Sloan Peak, and Mount Baker. We got to the summit three and a half hours later, stayed for 30 minutes and then back down the mountain. Lucky for us, we got back to the car at two minutes before sunset! For the record, I did bring my headlamp just in case it got dark before we got back to the trailhead.