Date: August 28, 2016.
Partners: Deez, Landen the Lego Master and Ketchum.
Peaks and stats: Tripod Peak 8,082ft. Granite Peak 8,273. 6.5 miles round trip with 800 feet of gain.
Links: Tripod Peak and Granite Peak on Idaho: A Climbing Guide. Tripod Peak on Summitpost. Tripod Peak Lists of John Data. Granite Peak Lists of John Data.
Access and route: Drive north on Hwy 55 towards Smiths Ferry. 9.7 miles past Smiths Ferry and just before Clear Creek Station, turn west (left) on Cabarton Road and cross the river. Turn west (left) on Snowbank Mountain Road and drive 11 miles to the obvious saddle and large parking area on the left side of the road. The trail to Tripod starts at the end of the parking area. Follow the dusty single track trail south from there. Granite Peak is on the opposite side of the road. Snowbank Mountain Road is gravel, washboard and steep but passable by a standard passenger car. Drive time just under 2 hours from Eagle, ID.
|Tripod Peak from the trail.|
The trail follows the ridge above Blue Lake that looks quite nice and would make for an even shorter and easier hike with the option to camp.
|Looking southeast, across Round Valley.|
|Pause for smiles on the trail.|
|Upper slopes to the lookout.|
|Deez and Landen on the lookout.|
Since Tripod Peak is a fire lookout, the view is quite expansive.
|Selfie at the lookout.|
|Helicopter approaching the LZ.|
|Viewpoint near the trailhead.|
|View from Granite Peak.|