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Freel Peak from Armstrong Pass is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Markleeville, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
9.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,634 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

snowshoeing

walking

lake

views

bugs

Traverses the path of the Tahoe Rim Trail from Armstrong Pass and then up the scree to awesome vistas. Traversing the path of the Tahoe Rim Trail from Armstrong Pass to the saddle below Freel Peak is the "moderate" portion of this hike, and the final mile to the summit is only moderately-strenuous; however, the vista is breathtaking. Freel Peak, 10,881 feet above sea level and the highest peak in the Lake Tahoe region, is named for James Freel who squatted on land at the base of the mountain formerly known as "Bald Mountain" and serves as the eastern most summit of the Sierra. If peak bagging is your thing, Job's Sister and Job's Peak are within easy reach of Freel Peak's summit and would make excellent additions to this hike with minimal effort. Possible seasonal road closures limiting vehicle access. Please check the Alerts & Notices page of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest before your trip.

23 days ago

PSA: the gate from horse meadows trail head is closed to vehicles for the season.

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1 month ago

Did this for the second time last Monday; the trail itself isn’t very strenuous until the last mile to the peak. I’m sure if you only hike once a year the whole trail will feel strenuous, but for more advanced hikers the last mile will be the hardest part. Beautiful views of the entire lake from the top, so definitely worth the work. Other reviewers have said the trail is hard to follow, but that is really not the case. It’s very straightforward and easy to follow!! (There are also not really any rock cairns so if that’s what you rely on to follow a trail then I could see how it would be hard for you)

1 month ago

Great route to take!

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1 month ago

This hike is becoming one of my favorites. I did it twice this past summer, and the views are simply incredible and worth every ounce of effort you put into it. For me, the most treacherous part of the day was getting to the trailhead on the service road. It is extremely rocky and pothole-y. However, I did see regular sedans and passenger vehicles at the trailhead, so an SUV is not technically required.

Much of the hike has no shelter from sun or wind, so be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen. The cairns along the way were helpful when the trail was difficult to follow. We decided to traverse over to Job's Sister after summiting Freel. It was worth the extra effort, but I did not bring trekking poles with me and I ended up wishing I had. Much of the trail is full of gravel, scree, and sand. Getting back down, we did lose the trail, but it wasn't too difficult to get back on track. Definitely a five star hike, and I'm looking forward to the next time I can do this one.

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9 months ago

Loved this hike, but it was definitely an advanced hike, and the trails are hard to follow or know where to even start. You really need to do your homework on this one so that you know where you are before you head up the mountain.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Epic view from the peak worth the climb

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fun

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Friday, September 23, 2016

We hiked Freel Peak as the first in the Tahoe Triple Crown which includes Freel Peak, Job's Peak and Job's sister. It was a crazy windy day with gusts over 50mph at Job's sister. 12 miles in total. A GREAT way to spend the day, but would avoid a super windy day. For the most part, the trails were easy to follow. We have a full write up of all of the peaks at http://hustzkergies.blogspot.com/2016/09/TahoeTripleCrown.html

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

It's a moderate hike via the Armstrong pass to the Freel Peak summit, I am glad to have done this hike.

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5 months ago

recorded freel #4

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Saturday, September 24, 2016