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Freel Peak

The Vitals

Elevation - Peak 10,881'
Elevation change - 3k-4k
Rock - Granite/Igneous Scree
Directions
-  See below

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Hike to the peak as a spur off a bike ride that includes Star Lake.

Recommended Gear

Hiking Shoes
Bugproof Hats
Hydration Pack
Avalanche Gear (winter)
Climbing Skins


Freel Peak is the highest peak in the entire Lake Tahoe region as well as the tallest peak in the Carson Range. Despite this, it can still be done easily as a day hike if you are in good shape and know the proper route. The peak provides great views of the lake as well as the Carson Valley to the east and the Crystal Range to the west. It's rather easy to do Freel Peak and Jobs Sister (10,823') in the same day since they share a ridgeline. You can also add in Jobs Peak (10,633'), although that takes it up several notches. With the exception of the direct route up the backside, you should be able to get at least one refill of water along most of the routes from creeks or spring fed streams. Star Lake is the only lake in the area.
The north bowl of Freel is a popular backcountry destination in the winter, especially early season due to it's elevation and the fact that it takes very little snow to cover all the small rocks and scree.


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Historical photos -  The photos below were provided by Bill Blas, who worked on the Freel site while working with Western TeleCommunications, Inc.
Thanks Bill 

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Directions
1. Head south from Meyers on Hwy 89 until you start heading down the backside of Luther Pass. Turn left onto FS 051 and follow for about 3 miles. Park and head up. This requires pretty high clearance and is closed in winter (or when there is snow below 8k). This is a direct cross country route.
Earlier on FS 051 you will see a small parking area and trailhead. The trail will take you up to Armstrong Pass where you can gain the Tahoe Rim Trail.
2. In South Lake Tahoe, park at the end of High Meadows Road. Continue hiking on the road up to the Star Lake turnoff. From Star Lake you can gain the Rim Trail.
3. Park at the top of Oneidas/Fountainplace Road. Head up to Armstrong Pass and get on the Rim Trail.

 

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