Tahoe Rim Trail Star Lake and Freel Peak Backpacking

South Lake Tahoe, California

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Journey past Lake Tahoe basin’s highest peak (10,881 feet) to the Tahoe areas highest lake (Star Lake at 9100 feet) while enjoying a well-graded, beautiful trail that is not too difficult. Enjoy views of Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, ancient juniper trees, and a favorite section of the lightly forested Carson Range. For a real treat, head up to Freel Peak and then over to Jobs Peak and Jobs Sister, bagging three of the four highest peaks in the Tahoe basin. Star Lake is a great destination for families with older children. To top it all off, it is almost always less crowded than nearby Desolation Wilderness.

Tahoe Rim Trail: Star Lake and Freel Peak (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"Journey past Lake Tahoe basin’s highest peak (10,881 feet) to the Tahoe areas highest lake (Star Lake at 9100 feet) while enjoying a well-graded, beautiful trail that is not too difficult. Enjoy views of Desolation Wilderness, Lake Tahoe, ancient juniper trees, and a favorite section of the lightly forested Carson Range. For a real treat, head up to Freel Peak and then over to Jobs Peak and Jobs Sister, bagging three of the four highest peaks in the Tahoe basin. Star Lake is a great destination for families with older children. To top it all off, it is almost always less crowded than nearby Desolation Wilderness."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: South Lake Tahoe
Distance: 13.6
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 days
Season: Summer through fall
Local Contacts: Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Local Maps: Tom Harrison’s Lake Tahoe Recreation Map, Tahoe Rim Trail Elevation-Profile Trail Map by Take It Outdoors!
Driving Directions: Directions to Tahoe Rim Trail: Star Lake and Freel Peak (Backpacking)

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May 2018