Tripod Flats

4.5/5 (8 reviews)
Cliffdell, Washington (Yakima County)
Last Updated: 08/12/2021
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Not difficult but definitely not easy, Tripod Flats is a medium difficulty trail in the middle of the widely used OHV area, Little Naches, and it makes for a good shortcut from the north side into the uber popular Funny Rocks and Moon Rocks area. This trail is also the only way into Lost Lake, an absolute must-do trail. Aside from the dusty conditions most of the summer, there are several areas that will be challenging in wet weather. Tripod Flats Trail is very scenic and has several open areas in which to camp, a perfect overland style of trail.

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Trail Reviews

4.5/5 (8 reviews)
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 08/06/2022
Difficulty Accuracy: Spot On

The entrance and turnoffs throughout the trail were well marked, but I still found myself glad to have the route planned in the GPS. This little area is a nexus of interconnecting US Forest Service 4WXXX trails. The trail was very dry and, like previous reviewers noted, very dusty. I would definitely suggest taking a bottle of window cleaner and towels if you are in an open top rig or drive with your windows down. The trail is well rated in my opinion. Not overly difficult but the sheer amount of exposed rock on the mostly dirt trail makes it a pretty slow road.
Official Crew
Status: Temporary Closure
Visited: 08/12/2021

Temporarily closed due to fire.
Status: Open
Rated 4/5
Visited: 07/30/2021

Nothing too crazy that I can remember here. Used as the entry point to connect to other trail systems. Be prepared for immense dust.
Damion Blacketer
Official Crew
Status: Open
Visited: 07/25/2020

Ran this trail last Saturday, had a good time.. gotta run it a bit slow as it's a bit rough. Had a great time. If you choose to run the trail to lost lake, be prepared for a bumpy ride.
Status: Open
Rated 5/5
Visited: 05/24/2020

The trail is fun but we ran into a point where there was just too much snow to continue. We got about a mile past the big field with a hunting shelter and then hit deep, slushy snow. We ran into some dirt bikers that said the trail just got even worse and they had to turn around (along with a side by side) due to snow. It's a fun trail, not really difficult during the summer. There is just currently too much snow to pass. Another week or two of warm weather though and it should be good. Also, the mud hole is now blocked off with logs to prevent further trail damage. Please leave them in place!
Trail Review: Tripod Flats - Peter Jancola
Trail Review: Tripod Flats - Peter Jancola
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