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Tronsen Ridge

Central Cascades

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Hiked May 16, 2015

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition

Road

Road recommended for high clearance only

Bugs

No bugs

Snow

Snow free
To say Tronsen Ridge is a special place is a conservative estimate. It is unique, holds amazing views, and is host to the lovely native Tweedy's Lewisia which is in full bloom currently. Too Slim and I enjoyed a quiet and breathtaking stroll along this open ridge - quite a surprise to be some of the only hikers for a mid May Saturday morning. We parked at the Five Mile Road trailhead and hopped out of the car in 46 degree temps. The sun was intense and we embarked on our journey in short sleeves. It was stunning from the start! The pine grass is green, the balsam root is in full bloom amongst the scattered Ponderosa, and the trail is a joy to walk, flirting with one side of the ridge, then the other... making its way through forested areas then opening up for views of the Enchantments, the North Cascades, and all the hills to the east. We saw just about every variety of wildflower imaginable... Spring Beauty, Glacier Lily, Balsam root, Lupin, Bald-headed Water Leaf, Scarlet Gilia, Prairie Star, Buckwheat, Penstemon, and the unique Tweedy's Lewisia. There are weeks to enjoy these little wonders, as they are scattered about the length of the ridge. The forecast winds never really materialized. We basked in the sunlight and enjoyed its heat atop the rocky columns at 4 miles in, where we ate our lunch. Cool clouds made for awesome pictures and the light breeze that began to present was welcomed. We stopped often for photo opps and let the beauty of this place sink in, before finally meeting fellow hikers on our way out after 12:00noon. The wildlife is elusive here. We were entertained by the flitting and flirting of a swallow near our high lunch counter, then saw the brilliant blue of a bluebird on our descent. Otherwise, the only wildlife was in the songs and sounds of happy birds along our eight mile trek. What a pleasant morning!

Comments

jeffbottman on Tronsen Ridge

That's a gorgeous photo of the Lewisia, good work!!

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jeffbottman on May 16, 2015 07:47 PM

Tweedy Photo

Thank you! It was a most spectacular subject!

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Cascadian Kim on May 16, 2015 08:06 PM

merryhiker on Tronsen Ridge

How was Five Mile Road?

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merryhiker on May 17, 2015 06:55 AM

Five Mile Road

The road was fine... high clearance is preferable. Some big mud puddles and a few brush scratches was all my Honda Pilot endured.

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Cascadian Kim on May 17, 2015 07:00 AM

merryhiker on Tronsen Ridge

How was Five Mile Road?

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merryhiker on May 17, 2015 06:55 AM

5 Mile Road condition

I remember the 5 Mile Road to the TH was very very rough and narrow for the last visit; How is the 5 Mile Road condition now ?

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happyhiker0 on May 17, 2015 07:00 AM

Tronsen Ridge

Beautiful pictures and a great write up.

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Birdman on May 17, 2015 08:32 AM