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Ascent of Freel Peak on 1994-06-25

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Saturday, June 25, 1994
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Freel Peak
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:10881 ft / 3316 m

Ascent Trip Report

The peak was named for James Washington Freel in 1874 by the U.S. Coast Survey, which used the peak for triangulation. This is the first known ascent of the peak. Freel was an early squatter on land adjacent to the peak. (Farquhar, p.190, 198) (Browning, p. 74)

On the boundary line of the Eldorado and Toiyabe National Forests. A permit is not required for entry.

At the junction of highways 50 and 89 in South Lake Tahoe, drive NE on route 50 for 0.8 miles and turn right onto Pioneer Trail. Drive on this road for 0.9 miles to Oneidas St. and turn right. Follow this road into the forest where it turns into a one-lane paved road. You will pass through one gate and a cattle guard until a locked gate is reached at 4.4 miles. Park here to begin the hike. This is the area of private property shown as Fountain Place on the maps. According to several sources it is ok to hike across the private land to reach the National Forest. From the locked gate hike SE through a boggy meadow and cross Trout Creek after about 1/4 mile. Continue up the canyon, climbing gradually to Armstrong Pass at 8,700 ft. At the pass take the Tahoe Rim Trail north until a ridge at about 9,700 ft. is reached which is NW of Freel Peak. Leave the main trail here and follow a use trail SE up the ridge for about 1/3 mile and then traverse a bowl heading generally east to the summit. The summit has an abandoned building which at one time housed radio gear. The map shows a benchmark, but none could be found. The hike is about 11 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 3,000 ft. The time required is about 3 to 3 1/2 hrs. to ascend and 2 1/2 hrs. to return. An alternate route, which saves a few miles, is a use trail on the north side of the north fork of Trout Creek. A more complete description of the area is given in "California County Summits", by Gary Suttle, see p. 43. 6/94 RLC
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