|Freel Peak - 10,881 ft|
Carson Mountain Range
Humboldt National Forest
S. Lake Tahoe, California
Mileage - 10.25
AEG - 2,932 ft
Time - 4:56
After a big event like the SF marathon, I always like to take a little down time to relax and recover. By down time I mean hike the tallest peak surrounding Lake Tahoe. I suppose we can call it active recovery, as the trail gradually rose up a slope that was drawn out over five miles to reach the top. Well, the last section was a bit steep (1,000 feet in 1 mile), though not technical and we took it pretty slow.
I planned a weekend of hiking and camping with my sister Val and her fiance Josh, it would be their first time climbing anything of this magnitude and going above 10,000 feet. I think it might have been the perfect way to get them started peak-bagging, though they may have high expectations after this one! This trip had all the makings of a perfect hike; great weather, subtle elevation gain, unmatched views of Lake Tahoe and just challenging enough to feel a sense of accomplishment, though not overwhelming to the point it becomes unpleasant.
|Tahoe Rim Trail|
|Josh, Val and Boone at the TRT junction.|
|Freel Peak is in sight.|
|Enjoying the view on the summit.|
|Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak in the distance.|