Took my 9 & 7 year-old up Tripod from Snowbank Rd. The trailhead is where the road reaches the ridgeline, so you can see the view to the west. The trail runs straight south from the road. The trail is fairly easy to follow, though there were still a number of snowbanks to cross. Take sunblock, as there is virtually no shade! Also, take bug spray, because the mosquitoes were thick! The trail disappeared below the watchtower, so we just headed straight up the mountain. Be careful on the return trip, as there is a parallel trail that runs much further down from the ridge and has a lot of mud this time of year from all the snow melt. Great views in all directions! The hike was long (lots of breaks when hiking with a 7 year-old), but my boys did great.