Tripod Flats

Cliffdell, Washington (Yakima County)

Last Updated: 08/12/2021
4.6 / 5 ( 5 reviews )
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Seasonal Closure
Typically Open: 06/15 - 03/31
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 5.17 miles
Highest Elevation: 5723 feet
Duration: About 1 hour, 15 minutes
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: South
Nearest Town: Cliffdell
Nearest Town w/ Services: Ellensburg
Official Road Name: 4W307
Management Agency: Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
District: Cle Elum Ranger District


Highlight: Tripod Flats
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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1. Trailhead (0 mi)
Turn left (south) off of FS 3104 into the trail.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Ellensburg, near I90

The easiest and most direct route to this trail is to take Manastash Road for approximately 13 miles from the south side of Ellensburg near the I90 interchange. Follow it west until it becomes FS31. Any time that the road forks, the rule of thumb is to bear left, which will keep you on the north side of Manastash ridge going into the area. When you reach a large 3-way intersection make a sharp left and continue following the road south; this will be FS 3104 and it will take you to the trailhead which is located on the south side of the road, and is clearly marked with a brown trail marker.



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Luke Myers

Mapping Crew - Washington

Luke is originally from rural Minnesota, after high school he joined the Army and traveled the world over his 20 year career. His final stop, and where he ended his military career was Washington state. He retired from the Army in 2011 and has been working as a Military Software systems consultant since that day. He has been into the off-road scene since he was 7 years old, when his dad bought him a 3-wheeler and he built his first race-track in the pasture. Since those days he has had motorcycles, quads, go-karts, mini-bikes, trucks, 4 different kinds of Jeeps and an AMC Eagle (station wagon). His current "toy" is a 2008 Jeep Wrangler; Luke and his family enjoy exploring the world through the windshield view of that Jeep. Luke loves taking new people out on trails and takes pride in getting a newbie through a trail that is definitely more than they ever thought they could handle. His favorite type of trail is one that takes all day to go 5 miles and never stops challenging the driver.
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