Elevation: 8,082 ft
Route information for Tripod Peak is found on pages 106 to 107. The route in the book climbs Tripod Peak from the north. It is the shortest way to the summit. I added a GPS track showing the two northern approaches and a link to John Platt’s trip report for the northern routes, In 2013 I hiked into this peak from the south on FST-131. This route is found below. Updated January 2020
Tripod Peak is a highly visible peak is located at the south end of the highest section of the West Mountains. This group of peaks includes Granite Peak, Snowbank Mountain and the Gem County High Point. USGS Tripod Peak
Southern Route, Class 1
To reach the trailhead turn west off ID-55 at Smiths Ferry onto FS-644. Keep right when you reach an intersection about to miles from ID-55. The road is now designated as FS-626. Follow this road to saddle in a couple of miles. Turn off onto the two track described above. Take a map as these directions are lacking in exact milages. My Bad
This route covered 11.6 miles round trip with some up and down including crossing near the top of Peak 6805. With the exception of the beginning of the trail, it was easy to follow. The trail leaves FS-626 as a two track road. Keep your eyes open for another road that almost immediately drops off this track to your right. Drop down the hill and you will soon be on the trail. This route is a great way to reach the lookout, which is operational during fire season.