Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad recommended for high clearance only
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!