FREEL PEAK (Tahoe's Highest Peak) 13 Miles, 3500+ Feet.

  • 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:
http://www.motel6.com...
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.)

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  • George R.

    For those who want to preef, they really made it to the top: Here's a link to my Picasa Album. On the right you can see the location each photo was taken: http://picasaweb.google.com/g.p.reitsma/SouthLakeTahoeWildcatsHike

    David thanks for organizing this great hike. And thanks for bringing some of us WildCats together ;).

    July 27, 2010

  • George R.

    A great hike, in a wonderful area, I enjoyed this little mini vacation a LOT! The start was really funny and perfect Timing. We got stuck and had to walk 3.5 mile to the trailhead, David got lost, and so we all met each other right before the real climb. Timing couldn't be better! It was a fantastic day!

    July 26, 2010

  • Bruce

    I wound up with about 20 monster bites (on top of the 15 or so I got last wk. ) so much for 98% deet protection, rumor has it they favor beer drinkers, I hope the little shits are flying into each other. It was worth it for the outstanding views from Freel. I had a good ( with nice folks ) Thanks Hoss

    July 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks David for organizing the hike. There were amazing views form the top of the peaks, as it was the company. It was a lot of fun.
    Cheers to all.

    July 25, 2010

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was somewhat of an adventure, a great day in the middle of a fantastic nature with enthusiastic hikers. Weather was perfect as well. An ideal way to completely forget about real life…. Thanks!
    Sorry, I forgot the Belgian chocolate...

    July 24, 2010

  • David N.

    Thanks to all who made the long drive to Tahoe to bag Freel Peak and Job's Sister...! Expansive views from the summit of Freel and Job's Sister with bonus of migrating butterflies and ladybugs at the higher elevations. Views of entire Tahoe basin were amazing to take in. Very committed, positive Wildcat peak baggers....happy to spend the day together everyone!

    July 24, 2010

  • Vilma

    Hi George, no I didn't. I'll go next time. Hopefully I get to see some pics of the hike.

    July 23, 2010

  • George R.

    Hi Vilma, I am riding with Sophie, they're leaving friday night. I'm not sure how much room is left, we're with 4. Hope you did find another ride?

    July 22, 2010

  • Vilma

    George, it's too bad for me that you're not offering a ride anymore.

    July 22, 2010

  • George R.

    I'm going to carpool myself, which is even better :). More fun, las gas. So I won't be able to offer a ride.

    July 21, 2010

  • George R.

    YAY, I'm in! I'll be departing Early Saturday morning from Santa Clara. If someone could use a ride, please let me know.

    I might decide to camp on Saturday night, haven't decided yet.

    George

    July 21, 2010

  • George R.

    Hope there's a spot free soon for Saturday :)

    July 21, 2010

  • David N.

    Water for camping available at Wilson Creek, not sure how close to campsite however.

    July 20, 2010

  • David N.

    I will post a map ASAP so the route/area is visible to everyone.

    July 20, 2010

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