Spring Snow on Tronsen Ridge Peak / 創森脊峯上下春雪

We're coming to getcha
We’re coming to getcha

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Another typical April rainy weekend in the Pacific Northwest! The weather looked equally bad everywhere west of the Cascade Range. So the pup and I made another attempt to dodge the rain out east.

I discovered Tronsen Ridge Peak while doing my usual Friday night research. Last I checked the forecast, precipitation over Blewett Pass was going to be 70% after 11 AM. So we could potentially squeeze in this short climb before the rainfall.

The Lowdown on Tronsen Ridge Peak

Access: NF-7224
Round Trip: 4.5 miles
Elevation Range: 3080′-4970′
Gear: snowshoes
GPS Track: available

Patchy Snow Road Walk

For context, Tronsen Ridge Peak sits on the northern end of the long-running Tronsen ridge. The peak is also the nearest higher point of Tiptop where pups and I visited two years ago.

Due to the snow berm by the highway, the area was still inaccessible. Glad I packed snowshoes for this trip and used them in the lower elevation. We left the 3600′ road bend and scrambled up the west ridge. And to my surprise, the ridge crest was mostly snow-free.

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Moderate-to-Steep Ridge Traverse

The south wind began to blow the minute we got on the ridge. So it was great to have tree coverage to make the scramble more enjoyable. The mostly snow-free southern slopes were on the windward side. So to dodge the wind, we stayed on the leeward slopes on shallow snow.

The final part of the climb involved light rock scramble.

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A Snowy Summit Without Views

It had been snowing for a half hour by the time we got to this point. We arrived on a semi woodsy and very windy summit as the snow continued to fall. Glad we were able to take refuge behind some big trees on the northern slopes.

The weather today was similar to our trip to Tronsen Head in December. Similarly, this time we were in the clouds again with zero views. Despite poor visibility, I could only imagine the great views on this peak on a clear day. We could’ve seen areas like the Tronsen Meadow, Teanaway Backcountry, Stuart Range, and Horse Lake Mountain.

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Rainy Outro

The pup and I spent just enough time to eat and chitchat before we left the summit. Lower on the ridge, the snow turned into rain, and the wind stopped. Back at the road bend, we continued down the east slopes to cut the switchbacks on the road.

Thanks for a short yet snowy day
Thanks for a short yet snowy day

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