The "Back Court" 100

Washington, United States, North America
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Introduction

There are different stages to the Peakbagger Compulsive Disorder. Early onset can be characterized by the desire to summit peaks, frequent thoughts of mountains, or elevation seeking behavior. Middle stages of the disorder are diagnosed when the individual; A) can name every peak visible from a given summit B) keeps concise lists of all summits attained C) spends hours looking at topographic maps D) has memorized specific summit elevations E) can explain in detail just exactly what prominence or isolation is. Late stage PCD is degenerative and separates the sufferer from the things in life which they used to enjoy. Peakbagging and climbing comes first before relationships and healthy societal attachment. Chronic cases are willing to make sacrifices to continue the behavior. They become obsessed with mountain lists.  The compulsion is funneled into working the lists, completing lists or creating new lists. These hard cases are often referred to as "peakbaggers", "listbaggers", or "list-chasers", depending on the level of decline.

Back Court

Back Court 100 Region MapBack Court 100 Region Map


The Back Court 100 List was created by Jeff Howbert in 2000, 5 years after he created the Home Court 100. He describes it as "roughly the eastern half of the Alpine Lakes area in the central Washington Cascades. Lies north of Interstate 90, south of US Highway 2, and east of Deception Pass (i.e. Deception Creek and Cle Elum River), extending to the Columbia River." Unlike the Home court list which has a prominence cutoff of 500 feet, the Back Court only requires peaks to have 400 feet of prominence to qualify. Mr. Howbert is a University of Washington professor who is best known in the peakbagging world for his creation of these two important lists. What's special about these lists is that they are less elevation focused and more strictly regional. The borders for these lists confine a smaller area. Located between Seattle and Wenatchee, the major hubs of society, these peaks are highly accessible, making them some of the most convenient lists to work in Washington State.

Stuart from ArgonautMount Stuart is the highest peak on the list


The Back Court 100 encompasses several very popular hiking areas, including but not limited to the Enchantment Lakes Basin, the Stuart Range, the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, and the Teanaway. The first 9 peaks on the list are also WA Top 100 peaks. Generally speaking, the Back Court contains easier peaks than the Home Court because mountains east of the crest have thinner tree cover and less vegetation as well as better trail access. The Home Court contains a number of very rarely climbed peaks while the Back Court has only a few. The Back Court also has fewer technical climbs requiring the use of rope on standard routes and all of them are located in the Stuart Range.

Many thanks to Jeff Howbert for creating this list for us acolytes. See his original article.  Also please contact me if you have created a new mountain page to add to this list.

The List

Rank

Image

Summit

Elev.

Prom.

USGS Quad Map

Isolation

1 Mount Stuart 9415 5335 Mount Stuart 44.5
2 Dragontail Peak 8840+ 1760 Enchantment Lakes 3.1
3 Colchuck Peak 8705 665 Enchantment Lakes .5
4 Cannon Mountain 8638 838 Cashmere Mountain 2.2
5 Sherpa Peak 8605 405 Mount Stuart .5
6 Enchantment Peak 8520+ 480 Enchantment Lakes 1.1
7 Cashmere Mountain 8501 1581 Cashmere Mountain 4.4
8 Argonaut Peak 8453 733 Enchantment Lakes .9
9 McClellan Peak 8364 1244 Enchantment Lakes 1.3
10 The Temple 8292 772 Enchantment Lakes 1.6
11 Big Chiwaukum 8081 3681 Cashmere Mountain 10.4
12 Eightmile Mountain 7996 956 Jack Ridge 2.7
13 Jack Ridge 7800+ 760 Jack Ridge 1.2
14 Big Jim Mountain 7763 1203 Big Jim Mountain 4.9
14 Big Lou Mountain
7763 1203 Big Jim Mountain 1.7
16 Ladies Peak 7708 428 Chiwaukum Mountains 1.3
17 No Image Three Musketeers Ridge 7680+ 640 Cashmere Mountain .9
18 Ingalls Peak 7662 1222 Mount Stuart 1.7
19 Axis Peak 7550 870 Cashmere Mountain 2.0
20 Grindstone Mountain 7533 853 Chiwaukum Mountains 2.2
21 Opportunity Mountain 7502 462 Chiwaukum Mountains 1.1
22 The Cradle 7467 2107 The Cradle 5.7
23 Middle Chiwaukum 7423 423 Chiwaukum Mountains 2.6
24 Frigid Mountain 7377 457 Big Jim Mountain 1.3
25 Cape Horn 7316 516 Chiwaukum Mountains .9
26 Three Brothers 7303 1743 Enchantment Lakes 2.9
27 Edward Peak 7280+ 480 Cashmere Mountain 1.1
28 Navaho Peak 7223 1143 Enchantment Lakes 1.3
29 Harding Mountain 7173 1253 Jack Ridge 3.0
30 Hawkins Mountain 7160+ 1520 Mount Stuart 2.4
31 Granite Mountain 7144 1064 The Cradle 3.0
32 Solomon Mountain 7095 575 Jack Ridge .8
33 Granite Mountain South Peak 7080+ 440 The Cradle .5
34 Earl Peak 7036 956 Enchantment Lakes 2.0
35 Scatter Peaks 7031 831 Jack Ridge 1.0
36 Icicle Ridge 7029 1109 Cashmere Mountain 4.0
37 Highchair Mountain 7016 616 Jack Ridge 1.9
38 Nursery Peak 6962 402 The Cradle 1.0
39 Mountaineer Ridge 6920+ 400 Mount Stuart 1.0
40 Bills Peak 6917 1077 Mount Stuart 2.6
41 Mission Peak 6876 2796 Mission Peak 18.0
42 Mac Peak 6859 819 Stevens Pass 3.6
43 Bulls Tooth 6840+ 1280 Stevens Pass 3.3
44 Tucquala Peak 6821 581 The Cradle 1.4
45 Thor Peak 6804 1044 Stevens Pass 2.3
46 Bootjack Mountain 6789 549 Jack Ridge 1.6
47 Genes Peak 6779 539 Mount Stuart .7
48 No Image French Ridge East Peak 6767 567 The Cradle 1.6
49 Jim Hill Mountain 6765 2085 Stevens Pass 3.8
50 Esmeralda Peak 6765 765 Mount Stuart 1.2
51 No Image French Ridge West Peak 6748 508 The Cradle .7
52 No Image Painters Thumb 6744 504 Big Jim Mountain 1.2
53 Bean Peak 6743 423 Enchantment Lakes 1.1
54 Sherpani Peak 6720+ 600 The Cradle 1.1
55 Nimbus Mountain 6711 511 Stevens Pass .8
56 Paddy-Go-North 6573 413 The Cradle 1.0
57 No Image Paddy-Go-South 6566 406 The Cradle .7
58 No Image Junggeselle 6527 407 The Cradle .9
59 No Image Frosty Mountain 6489 729 Chiwaukum Mountains 1.6
60 Jolly Mountain 6443 963 Davis Peak 4.6
61 Freedom Peak 6442 442 Enchantment Lakes 1.2
62 Miller Peak 6402 722 Blewett 2.4
63 The Louvre 6394 874 Mount Stuart 2.0
64 Lion Rock 6360+ 920 Swauk Pass 7.1
65 Surprise Mountain 6330 530 Scenic .9
66 Spark Plug Mountain 6320+ 440 Scenic 1.0
67 No Image Swallow Tail 6317 557 Stevens Pass 1.3
68 Lemool Mountain 6284 484 Stevens Pass .9
69 K9 6242 722 Stevens Pass 1.4
70 Mount Lillian South 6191 671 Swauk Pass 3.8
71 Doughgob Mountain 6172 452 Chiwaukum Mountains 1.2
72 No Image Bentrim Hill 6078 558 Mission Peak 1.8
73 Koppen Mountain 6031 951 Mount Stuart 1.9
74 Arrowhead Mountain 6030 550 Mount Howard 2.5
75 Tronsen Head 5980 420 Swauk Pass 1.6
76 Humerus Hill 5920+ 440 Cle Elum Lake 1.2
77 No Image Nasikelt Peak 5863 463 Stevens Pass 2.1
78 Big Chief Mountain 5858 898 Stevens Pass 1.9
79 Cowboy Mountain 5853 773 Stevens Pass 1.9
80 Sasse Mountain 5730 770 Cle Elum Lake 2.4
81 Elbow Peak 5720+ 560 Cle Elum Lake 2.1
82 No Image Lumiere Ridge 5651 651 Stevens Pass 1.1
83 No Image Lux Peak 5650 450 Stevens Pass .8
84 Jester Mountain 5520+ 480 Liberty 1.8
85 Malcolm Mountain 5480 480 Teanaway Butte 2.5
86 Red Top Mountain 5361 921 Red Top Mountain 4.8
87
Welldiggers Ass 5273 433 Labyrinth Mountain 1.8
88 No Image Goldwater Peak 5220 420 Teanaway Butte 1.5
89 No Image Sopwith Camel Mountain 5040+ 520 Stevens Pass 1.0
90 Hex Mountain 5034 474 Cle Elum Lake 1.5
91 No Image Mission Ridge 4963 523 Mission Peak 2.6
92 Old Pass Hill 4885 765 Liberty 4.1
93 No Image Bearjack Ridge East Peak 4800+ 600 Red Top Mountain 1.4
94 No Image Teanaway Butte 4760+ 1120 Teanaway Butte 2.2
94 No Image Tiptop 4760+ 1080 Tiptop 4.7
94 Roughhouse Mountain 4760+ 640 Liberty 1.6
97 Cairn Hill 4745 465 Swauk Pass 1.8
98 Serpentine Hill 4658 458 Blewett 2.0
99 Horse Lake Mountain 4640+ 1320 Monitor 6.4
100 Bearjack Ridge West Peak 4600+ 400 Red Top Mountain 1.7

List Finishers

It takes an incredible amount of determination to finish a list of 100 mountains. The "courtiers" are are an elite group of peakbaggers, the very first people to complete this list. Bold indicates the "courtiers" who have finished both the Home Court and Back Court lists.

Johnny Jeans - 9/8/2002 Painters Thumb
Fay Pullen - 9/14/2005 Jungeselle Peak
Don Goodman - 9/29/2007 Jack Ridge
Randy Busch - 8/6/2010 The Temple
Mike Collins - 2010 Red Top Mountain

Chris Robertson - 7/18/2015 Horse Lake Mountain
Andy Boos - 7/5/2020 The Temple
Leland Windham - 8/15/2020 Painters Thumb

 

Back Court CompletionBack Court Completion