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Trip Date:  09/15/2017

: 10.5 Miles

Vertical Gain: 2600'

Group Size: 2

Hike Rating:  Easy   Moderate    Hard    Strenuous
Freel Peak Route
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Freel Peak Elevation Profile
Start Coordinates:   N 38 49.819, W 119 54.026     End Coordinates:   Same as Start Coordinates  
Car Shuttle Req'd:   No Parking Directions:   Take Highway 89 (Luther Pass Road) to Forest Service Road #51 on the north side of the highway.  Turn onto Road #51 and follow it for 3.6 miles until you reach the parking spot.  This is found just past the second bridge on the left side of the road.  This is typically a high-clearance vehicle road, so prepare adequately for this access road.
Hazards of Note:   None. Crowd Factor:   Moderate.  The first section of this is along a popular section of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) for both hikers and bikers.  
General Notes:
From the parking cross a footbridge to the west and head up the first mile until you reach a four-way junction with trails for the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) south, the TRT north, Fountain Place to the west and the Road 51 trail you headed up.   Take the Tahoe Rim Trail north and head toward Anderson Pass and Freel Peak.  About two miles further in you will find a junction for the trail up to Freel Peak, for hikers only.  This last mile of the trek will have to gain over 1100 feet in elevation, until you reach the top of the peak.

A pleasant stream to cool off in near the trailhead along Road 51. River near trailhead
Phil headed up the long incline toward Trimmer Peak and Armstrong Pass. Phil headed up the TRT
As the trail continues on a constant climb from the junction, the first look toward Lake Tahoe appears along with the entire Desolation Wilderness area. First look at Tahoe
Amazing views of Desolation Wilderness to the west are distracting all along the first few miles of climb. Desolation Wilderness
Phil enjoying a quick break at Armstrong Pass with Heavenly Ski Resort's Monument Peak in the distance. Armstrong Pass
The junction from Armstrong Pass to the trail up to Freel Peak.  This last mile has significant elevation gain, almost all of it above 10K feet. The turnoff toward Freel Peak
A look back down at Trimmer Peak and Lake Tahoe from partially up the last mile toward the peak. Trimmer and Tahoe
Looking up toward Freel and the amount of elevation gain still to achieve. Looking up toward Freel
The sign at the summit of Freel with the elevation and a summit log ammo can located nearby. At the summit
Hope Valley and Carson Pass from the summit, looking directly south.. Hope Valley and Carson Pass from the peak
From this high up Echo Lake is visible below the pointed top of Ralston Peak. Echo Lakes
Hawkins Peak in front of Reynolds Peak with clouds just starting to form in the area. Hawkins Peak
Enjoying lunch with Phil at the peak with the best views in the area all around. Phil at the peak
GPS Track of the full hike, starting at the arrow. GPS Track of Hike