Tronsen Ridge


Backpack - Tronsen Ridge

Three days of hiking with glorious flowers and excellent views. We will base camp (dry camp) about 2 miles from our cars at the ridge edge near the Tronsen Ridge TH--elev. 5800'.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 28.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 6,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,850 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-2.5 mph

Haney Horse Camp 10 AM Friday

Direction will be provided.  Trailhead is located about 9 miles East of Blewett Pass (SR-97) between Ellensburg and Leavenworth. Northwest  Forest Pass or America the Beautiful Pass required.

Covid-19  We will follow all Mountaineers protocols including that all participants must bring cloth facemasks and hand sanitizer.  Facemasks must be worn when within 6' of others.  Any carpooling and sharing gear is at the sole discretion of each participate.


Day 1--From Haney Meadows TH.  Do a 7 mile, 1400' gain loop day hike with a small pack to Naneum Meadows, et al. returning to the car.  Switch to full backpacks and proceed about 2 miles North to Tronsen Ridge to set up camp for the next two nights.  This will be a dry camp.  Each participant will need to carry a minimum of 1 gallon of water for that evening's dinner through the afternoon of the next day. We will need to find a suitable camping spot for the group-goal of having one with amazing views of snow-capped mountains and flowers all around.

Day 2--From our Camp on Tronsen Ridge. We will do a loop hike to the East (9 miles, 2000' gain)circling Mount Lilian and enjoying the many views northward. We will stop by Haney Meadows and our cars and pick up an additional gallon of water to tide us through for the next day. Depending on the group's enthusiasm will add a two mile round trip up to Tronsen Head, 430' added gain.

Day 3--From our Camp on Tronsen Ridge, we will hike with a small day pack out and back on the Tronsen Ridge Trail to the North (6 miles RT, 1900')--a trail of amazing flowers. We will return to camp, pack up and then backpack the 2 miles back to our cars at Haney Meadows

The focus of the trip will be on the amazing flowers of this area in June. Expect to see over 100 different flower types in bloom.  Bring your identification apps, books, etc.  We will be stopping for admire these beauties as we hike.  The views should also be great.

Concerns:  This is an exploratory trip.  The exact place we find to camp is unknown and not guaranteed to be ideal. The campsite will have no water.  We will carry all water from the cars as noted.  This is a leader's permission only trip.  Please tell me about your recent backpacking history.  Please give examples of recent trips that tell me you are of adequate conditioning for this trip. Please explicitly tell me that you are okay with bringing all your own water--minimum of one gallon each of two days.  Should be a uniquely wonderful time.  Rob


Tronsen Ridge

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Food for 3 days
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • two one gallon containers of water or equivalent
  • small day pack for first day hike.
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