Tronsen Ridge


Backpack - Tronsen Ridge

Multi-day exploration of the abundant flowers, wildlife and views at Washington's premier Spring wildflower area. Expect up to 100 different flowers in bloom. Escape the Westside rain and find some sun and fun for the weekend.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 25.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 5,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.5

Meet at Blewett Pass, East Side (northbound) parking area at 10:00AM.  We will drive to the nearby trailheads and position cars for the shuttle loop trip

Covid-19  This trip is a shuttle trip and will require participants to share one or two car trips of about ten minutes between trailheads.  Only those that are fully vaccinated can join this trip.  Please show proof of such to leader.

The usually road FR 9712 to Haney Meadows and the upper trailhead for Tronsen meadows in closed due to a washout.  The other severely eroded road that also accesses the area is still snow covered in places.  We will backpack the Tronson Meadows trail (from FR 7240) to the Haney Meadows area and camp there two nights either at the unused car campground or nearby. From there we will do a shorter additional 'day hike' loop the first day to the South and a longer 'day hike' loop to the North and East on Saturday.  Sunday we will pack up and take the Tronsen Ridge trail to its northern trailhead at Five Mile Road.  We will likely have the place to ourselves with the road closed.  The camp area does not have potable water, bring filtration equipment.  Additional the bathrooms, outhouse? may be locked.  Prepare if you are fully backcountry camping.  There may be some snow on the trail, microspikes are encouraged, but optional.  The Tronsen Meadows trail has some steep sections that require care and some prior experience with more difficult trails. Optional carpooling is available from a park and ride in Issaquah.  However, we will need two cars for the shuttle. 

Leader's Permission is required:  Please tell me about your backpacking experience and what you have been doing to be in proper conditioning for this trip.  Let me know you are fully vaccinated. 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
  • Bear canister, Ursack 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
  • Optional--microspikes
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