Freel Peak

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, California 96150

Elevation Gain1,145ft
Trailhead Elevation9,723ft
Elevation Min/Max9723/10868ft
Elevation Start/End9723/9723ft

Freel Peak

Freel Peak is a hiking trail in El Dorado County and Alpine County, California. It is within Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 9,723 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,145 feet. The trail ends near Freel Peak (elevation 10,843 feet). This trail connects with the following: Tahoe Rim Trail and Freel Peak Use Trail.

Freel Peak Professional Reviews and Guides

"Traversing the path of the Tahoe Rim Trail (TRT) from Armstrong Pass to the saddle below Freel Peak is the “moderate” portion of this hike. The ?nal mile to the summit is strenuous—if only moderately so—but 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 peak formerly known as Bald Mountain.

Freel Peak serves as the easternmost summit of the Sierra. If peak-bagging is your thing, Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak are within easy reach of Freel Peak’s summit and make excellent additions to this hike for hikers with long legs and extra energy."

"The highest point of the Lake Tahoe area, with views into the basin and range country in Nevada. A varied trail through both open and shaded country, and less foot traffic than on Mount Tallac or Mount Rose, make this a good day’s choice. (You can combine this hike with an ascent of nearby Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak for a three-summit day.) Freel Peak offers a good hike to a scenic summit—along with the possibility of completing a triple-crown of Tahoe high points: Freel (10,881, highest of the Tahoe peaks); Jobs Sister (second-highest, at 10,823); and Jobs Peak (fourth-highest, at 10,673)."

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Trail Information

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest
Nearby City
Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit
Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Carson Ranger District, 775-882-2766,; US Forest Service, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, 530-543-2600,
Local Contacts
Lake Tahoe Basin (Trails Illustrated 803)
Local Maps