Boise: Tripod Peak

Travel 12 miles through dense evergreen groves and wildflower-dotted meadows to a lonesome fire outpost overlooking Boise National Forest.
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Travel 12 miles through dense evergreen groves and wildflower-dotted meadows to a lonesome fire outpost overlooking Boise National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.0

Waypoints

TPT001

Location: 44.3222465515137, -116.146537780762

From trail sign, head NW along narrow road

TPT002

Location: 44.323802947998, -116.147834777832

Turn R onto West Mountain Trail; steep descent into mixed evergreens

TPT003

Location: 44.327808380127, -116.145050048828

Cross streamlet of Sage Hen Creek

TPT004

Location: 44.3311157226562, -116.142059326172

Forage two more side creeks

TPT005

Location: 44.3335304260254, -116.138519287109

Path exits forest into a wildfl ower-splashed meadow; swing N

TPT006

Location: 44.3476448059082, -116.135101318359

Cross another meadow. Views reach to Tripod Peak, today's goal. Look for the white, wooden lookout tower perched on summit

TPT007

Location: 44.3597793579102, -116.124206542969

Stay L; trail follows a well-worn 4WD road for next half-mile

TPT008

Location: 44.366584777832, -116.121726989746

Leave road for narrow trail on L; keep N

TPT009

Location: 44.3726272583008, -116.124183654785

Swing W; 2 small creeks cut across trail

TPT010

Location: 44.3760452270508, -116.135757446289

Pass collapsed log cabin on L; ascend hill, then turn R @ Y

TPT011

Location: 44.3797950744629, -116.133804321289

Go R @ Y onto Tripod Peak Trail; steep summit climb ahead. Rest and take photos at the several granite outcrops

TPT012

Location: 44.3840255737305, -116.12841796875

Tripod Peak (8,082 ft.): Forested ridgelines fade away toward countryside; look N to fi nd Cascade Reservoir; retrace steps