Tripod Peak

Elevation: 8,082 ft
Prominence: 516

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

Tripod Peak from the trail leading in from the south. The southern route is not in the book and involves an 11.6 mile round trip hike.

Tripod Peak from the trail leading in from the south. The southern route is not in the book and involves an 11.6 mile round trip hike.

Southern Route, Class 1

Access

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

The Hike

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.

Northern Routes

John Platt’s GPS track showing the two northern routes. His loop covered 7.1 miles with 1,933 feet of gain.

John Platt’s GPS track showing the two northern routes. His loop covered 7.1 miles with 1,933 feet of gain.

Mountain Range: West Mountains

Year Climbed: 1987, 2013

Longitude: -116.1282   Latitude: 44.3839

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