July 24, 2010 · 8:00 AM
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FREEL PEAK is the highest point of the Lake Tahoe area, with views into the basin and range country in Nevada. It is also the El Dorado County Highpoint. A varied trail through both open and shaded country, and less foot traffic than on Mount Tallac or Mount Rose, make this a good day’s choice! We will combine this hike with an ascent of nearby
Jobs Sister, Jobs Peak and Trimmer Peak for potentially a four summit day.
SUMMIT POST LINK FOR FREEL PEAK
HIKE INFO: Start time: 8:00 A.M Distance: 13-14 Miles Elevation: 3500+Ft. Difficulty: Strenuous. Class 2 (will include off trail, with hands occasionally used for balance.) Hike Time: Approximately 8+ Hrs. Route: Armstrong Pass/Tahoe Rim Trail + Off Trail to Summits. Latitude: 38, 51’, 28” N Longitude: 119, 53’ 58” W Meeting Point: Armstrong Pass Trailhead. Dogs: Allowed, provided they are fit.
THIS HIKE IS APPROPRIATE for Conditioned regular 12+ mile, 2500+ elevation hikers. The
difficulty is increased due to ELEVATION and TERRAIN. Trailhead elevation starts at 8,420 ft and Freel Peak summits at 10,881 ft. Jobs & Jobs Sister Peaks will not ad significant elevation gain to the overall hike but ad 4-5 additional miles, making it 13 for the day. I will likely utilize a cross country/use trail route to include Trimmer Peak, (9915 ft.). Will likely be more cross country travel down the Willow Creek Drainage.
HOW TO SIGN-UP: Please join the waitlist and answer the RSVP questions. The organizer will ad you to the list of attendees once you have answered the questions.
WHAT TO BRING ON HIKE: Good hiking boots, hiking polls, scree gaiters (if you have them) 3 liters of water, sunglasses, jacket/sweater, energy bars, gloves, hat, sun protection, lunch, snacks.
CAMPING/LODGING: I will not be camping on this trip but instead staying Friday night at Kirkwood Resort where rooms range from $130 to $150. I will be staying here to do a relatively short Friday afternoon hike to Thunder Mountain. Everyone is welcome to join me here. Rooms are also available at South Lake Tahoe Motel 6 where the prices are better. Xabier has booked a room here. Camping is available free in the area of Armstrong Pass but there are no facilities and campfires are not currently allowed. I spoke with Forest Service rangers about camping here and they said there are some nice spots. Here is the link for Kirkwood:
http://www.kirkwood.c... Here is the link for Motel 6 in South lake Tahoe:
GOOGLE DIRECTIONS TO FOREST ROAD 51
DIRECTIONS: Take Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe for 9.5 miles to Willow Pass Road (Forest Road 51), 0.8 mile east of Luther Pass. Drive 2.6 miles up Road 051 to a bridge across Willow Creek, then another 0.9 mile to a second bridge. Just past this bridge, take a sharp left onto Forest Road 051F. Follow this steep road, which crosses the creek again, for a few hundred yards and take the right fork at a junction for 0.5 mile to the trailhead. (A high clearance vehicle may be necessary for this last section.)