Ascent of Freel Peak on 2015-09-03

Climber: Gretchen Nelson

Others in Party:Mary Brooks
Date:Thursday, September 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Freel Peak
    Elevation:10881 ft / 3316 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Reno drive to South Lake Tahoe & turn left on Pioneer. Travel to end of Pioneer Rd. & at the intersection take a left on 50/89 until 89 makes a left toward Luther Pass. The total distance from Pioneer Rd to Forest Service Rd (FS) 051 is 10.1 or 0.8 mile from the Luther Pass summit sign to your turn on FS 051. This is a rocky, bumpy 4-wheel drive road. Travel 3.4 miles to Horse Meadows, where you will park. In that 3.4 miles you will cross a cattle guard & two bridges that cross the creek (Horse Creek?). Park at Horse Meadows & you will find a well traveled foot trail in that area. You will know that you are right, because you will cross the creek over a foot bridge built by the Forest Service a few years ago. This is the access trail to the Tahoe Rim Trail & it is one mile up. Take the TRT to Armstrong Pass & at the saddle you will see a sign that says "Freel Peak" which is about a mile ascent. (Seemed further to me due to the elevation gain). Summit is 10,886 ft. From the top,of Freel you can look below & see a foot trail that will lead you to the top of Job's Sister. We choose to take the somewhat visible foot trail down the south side of Freel rather than summit Freel again. This was steep, but sandy so we coul slide down on our heels. It saved us about an hour & 2 miles, even though we got kinda stuck on a cattle trail below & into the Aspen & brush, I had my Garmin to take us back to my car, which it safely did. Cooler than we expected. Glad I wore long pants. There is a pretty good write up in Summit Post under Freel Peak search or Horse Meadows Search. Lacks some of the detail of mileage, which will help navigate & save time.
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On the way to the top of Freel Peak in Tahoe Lake area, Carson Range (2015-09-03). Photo by Gretchen Nelson.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3500 ft / 1066 m
    Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Route:Tahoe Rim Trail
    Start Trailhead:Horse Meadows  7381 ft / 2249 m
Descent Statistics

Other Photos

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Top of Freel Peak on a cool Thursday morning (2015-09-03). Photo by Gretchen Nelson.
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