This hike is intended to be fitness hike in preparation for Whitney.
Leader: Dave W.
Difficulty: Strenuous, rock scrambling, 11+miles, 4000 ft of elevation gain. Count on a long day.
There is no water on the trail. Leaving Starbucks promptly at 7:35
Trail Head: Drive east on Hwy 50 to Myers Junction in Lake Tahoe, turn right on SR 89 drive towards Luther Pass.
From the Luther Pass sign just before the descent to Hope valley go south 0.8 miles until you see a paved left turn. Turn left, the pavement ends abruptly and turns into a dirt road which may require a high clearance vehicle. Travel about 3.4 miles until you cross the second bridge and park on the left near the unmarked trailhead. The trail head crosses a new bridge back over the last stream crossing.
We will hike from the trail head to Armstrong Pass and head east on the Tahoe Rim trail to the top of Freel pass. From there a marked trail heads towards Freel Peak. We must stay on the trail to avoid disturbing the rare Draba plant. After reaching Freel Peak with views of Lake Tahoe, we can then descend and climb back up to Job's sister. After summitting Job's sister we make a 1000 foot steep descent and reclimb back up to Job. From Job we get great views of the Carson valley and Gardnerville. The route back to the cars is mostly on trail via Horse Meadow.
Here as map of the route: http://files.meetup.com/1713568/freel.JPG
As always this is a leave no trace hike, please bring the 10 essentials for a back country hike.