Nice out and back from Snowbank Road. The trail was in good shape. Dusty but not hard. Good for kids. Also got Granite Peak just across from the parking area at the saddle.
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.
Nice late season hike with some patchy snow to deal with. Still a good hike in a nice area. Started at the Blue Lake trailhead so I could visit the lake along the way. Trip Report
Jogged and walked from the Snowbank road. Scenic. Took about an hour each way. Had a nice chat with the woman manning the fire lookout
I have climbed from Snowbank Road and from the south side as well. Both are nice day hikes (challenging though, not just a walk in the park). Beautiful views and highly recommended!