Tripod Peak and Granite Peak

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A gorgeous hike south of Cascade, Tripod Peak area is very popular.

Note: All photos by Dan Robbins (idahosummits.com)
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Big Dan called me with an invite to Tripod Peak, mumbling something about how he couldn't believe that I hadn't done it before. In fact, I had almost done it with SuperDave last fall, but thought the road might be close and didn't want to do the drive.

So this time I agreed. It was easy getting ready. Charge the camera. Throw in some water. Sun hat. That's about all I really needed.

I met Dan in Cascade, where he was camping with family. Then Dan and I met Jon and Tamara at Clear Creek, where we convoyed up the washboardy road. It was still early when we started down the trail to Blue Lake. Now where's that camera? Oh yeah- stuck on the charger. So thanks to Dan for the pictures!

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The lake is gorgeous, set with an alpine backdrop.

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We went around the east side of the lake, necessitating walking through the campsites of a few folks camped in the trail. Oops. We apologized, and they seemed friendly enough.

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Then we did a traversing rising bushwhack, including a fun rock ledge scramble, to gain the ridge above, where the map showed a trail.

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Sure enough, a trail. And not much longer, there's the lookout.

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At some point, you can just start hiking up. We actually found sort of a sign, then some flagging. But it's open country, so you can just follow your nose.

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From the top, there were really nice views. This is sort of southwest.

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And this is northeast.

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And this is the lookout.

The guy running the lookout was sort of stand-offish at first, but soon warmed up to some lengthy conversations. In the end, it was hard to escape- I think he was lonesome.

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We followed the trail back along the ridge.

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The ridge offers even better views of the area we had hiked through early in the day.

Once back at the road, John and I ran (and I mean ran) up Granite Peak, all 100' of gain.

Then we met Dan and Tamara at the now over-flowing parking area. Holy cow, this place is popular!

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Map

 

Dan's trip report

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