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The climb on Horse Meadows and then the PCT isn't overly hard, but the final mile of the Freel Peak climb is difficult.
Need to Know
The gate to get to FS Road 31051 is usually closed from November to April, so check the forest service road conditions before driving to the trailhead.
First, take the FS Road 31051 to the trailhead. This road is located off Luther Pass ( bit.ly/3597g4d
). From here, drive on the main road (straight most of the time) and pass two bridges to the parking area. It is located almost immediately after the second bridge ( bit.ly/3kbeYBc
Park and take the trail on the front of the clearing. This is Horse Meadows Trail, and it should have a sign directing you to Freel Peak. Climb this moderate trail to Armstrong Pass and take a right on the TRT. This is a mild but long section and is almost all forested, with little views.
After this tiring section, you should reach a three-way fork with a view of Tahoe. Going straight leads to Star Lake, if you want to go there, and going right leads you to Freel Peak on an un-maintained trail. There should be a sign directing you to Freel Peak.
Climb through the steep forest and scree with amazing views, and after a mile, you'll reach the summit of Freel Peak. Congrats! This is an out-and-back trail, but can also be done as a loop.
Shared By: Brady L