Armstrong Pass

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California, United States, North America
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Half a day

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Created On: Oct 11, 2005
Last Edited On: Oct 11, 2005


From the Luther Pass sign south of Lake Tahoe on Hwy 89 go south 0.9 miles until you see a paved left turn. Turn left, the pavement ends abruptly and turns into a dirt road which may require a high clearance vehicle. Travel about 3.4 miles until you cross the second bridge and park on the left near the unmarked trailhead. The trail head crosses a new bridge back over the last stream crossing.

Route Description

From the unmarked trailhead, travel west on an old road following it to the end. There is a junction to the left which you ignore. At the end of the road the single track trail starts and climbs up to Armstrong Pass. It is 1 mile and a few hundred feet of elevation gain. At the top you will hit the Tahoe Rim Trail with a sign to the left showing Big Meadow 9 miles, and to the right showing Star Lake 5 miles. Take the trail to the right and climb 3 miles and a 1000 feet or so to the saddle between Freel and Fountain Place. At the saddle you see Lake Tahoe for the first time. A sign warns to protect the rare Tahoe Draba by staying on the trail. A newly constructed trail now leads 1 mile and 1000 feet of elevation gain to the summit, it is not quite finished near the top.

After having climbed Job's sister and enough day light is left, Job's Peak and Freel Peak (if it has not been climbed en route to Job's Sister are likely candidates for little peak baggind adventure. They are close and it takes only about 2.5 hours to get back to the trailhead.

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