Highest Peak in Tahoe!
Freel is the highest point in the Lake Tahoe Basin and Carson Range, resting on the Southern end of Lake Tahoe it rises above an area lined with peaks. It has all the makings of a great day hike with an easy to navigate path, gentle grade the first four miles, and a huge payoff at the summit. From the top, the views seem endless having the lake and ring of peaks to the North and the Northern part of Yosemite that can be seen from the South! There are a few trailheads, making Freel rather easy to access. It can also be done as part of a backpacking trip on the Tahoe Rim Trail, since the TRT crosses paths only one mile from the peak.
Starting from Horse Meadow, there is a small jeep road that heads West across a stream that you'll want to follow for the first half mile until it turns into single track. Stay to the right and begin climbing a few hundred feet until you reach Armstrong Pass, which will also be the one-mile mark and the TRT intersection. Go right towards the sign indicating Starr Lake. From here the trail veers toward the lake and goes uphill subtly for the next 3.1 miles. A good view of the lake finally becomes visible at this pass, though the landscape and rock formations should hold you over until then. There is a sign indicating you have one mile left to reach the peak, and the toughest section awaits. Continue on until you're standing on the summit, make sure you take a moment or two to look back as the sights just keep getting better the higher you go!
Once on the summit, you'll notice Jobs Peak and Job's Sister to the East and the optional routes to extend your trip if you feel inclined.
Check out the Official Route and Triplog.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.