Once a meeting place for local Indian tribes before the white man made his appearance, Robinson Flat later became a trail crossing and served as a resting place with forage for the livestock of the early-day traveler.
In the grassy meadow of Robinson Flat, the Drucilla Mason Barner Memorial Foundation placed a granite stone with an inscription dedicating Robinson Flat as the "Crossroads of the Sierra."
There is a pitcher pump that provides cold potable water. The Robinson Flat campground is administered by the Foresthill Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest.
A mile to the west sitting atop a high cone-like mass of white granite is the Duncan Peak Lookout,which has under observation central California from the high crest of the Sierra in the east, to the Coast Range to the west, and from the far north in the Sacramento Valley to the San Joaquin Valley in the far south. Accessible by road, the lookout is a source of spectacular views of the Sierra and should not be missed.