Finally got the opportunity to do the triple crown south of Lake Tahoe. I have had my eye on these peaks, Freel specifically since I started baggin' peaks a few years ago. My main hiking buddy's parents moved to Gardnerville a couple years back and we have been using it as a basecamp for many hikes over the past few years. We finally found the time for this triple and we peaked a fantastic weather day to do it. We went the obvious clockwise direction and were at Freel before we knew it, thinking that it did not feel anywhere as hard as we were expecting. Maybe that's the case, maybe we have had a strong summer so far and this was a weightless dayhike. Freel was packed so we ran down the backside and were atop Jobs Sister in 20 minutes or so, taking the time here to finish our breakfast burritos and rest a bit. The bootski down the backside of Sister was fun, but I almost fell in a couple spots. Jobs was a bit more of a climb than expected, but nothing to complain about. We met some cool people atop Jobs and spent more time than expected up there. We more or less ran back to our car at Horse Meadow with much of the day left to enjoy. To be honest, I must have built this trip up in my head over the years. I didn't really enjoy it as much as expected. Maybe it was the sand or the crowds, maybe we've been on a lot cooler peaks this summer. Whatever it was, they're bagged now and I am happy to have done so.
Everything from the trail to the weather conditions were ideal. Fall colors and windless blue skies accompanied us the whole way. We went out and back in under 5 hours. I would have liked to have added Jobs and Jobs Sisters, but chose to go back the same way we came up.
Climbed in March on skis and in June hiking. There is scree which can be a little annoying but this peak is worth it given the vantage point for the southern Tahoe area. The ski sun exposure was intense-my friend still has the burn marks 4 years later to prove it!
Went for the triple, but only bagged Freel Peak and Job's Sister. Beautiful day and awesome weather and some nice snow fields. Wanted to try for Job's peak, but it was late in the day and dinner was calling.
with jobs and jobs sister
Did a triple peak bagging hike on Sunday. Jobs Peak is Ogul #18 at 10663', Jobs Sister is Ogul #19 at 10823', and Freel Peak is Ogul #20 at 10881'. Freel Peak is the tallest peak in the Tahoe area. Hiked these with Carley and Lucy from NorCal Women Adventurers.
After a pleasant hike up Jobs Peak, and a hellish one up Jobs Sister, we were ready for our third and final peak of the day. From Jobs Sister we could see the trail down and up to Freel Peak. It looked steep up the summit, but we were happy just to see a trail!
We headed back down the saddle and walked across a cool high plateau with some snow still remaining. We had to cross one small snowfield, but it wasn't steep. From there we started up the summit of Freel and were soon on top of our third peak of the day. Woohoo! We were almost done!! We took our celebratory photos and headed down a cross-country route to return to our car. We sometimes had a path to follow, but it eventually petered out and we just kept heading down. After a long day, we were happy to be back at the car and stuffed our faces at Brick's in Placerville. A long day, but totally worth it!
we were able to drive in to Horse Meadow. Still some snow on the way up but overall a pretty short hike. Would have been easy to walk over and tag Job's sister but we were short on time
Was unplanned. We were in the area and I googled nearest peak and did a day hike.
Along with Jobs Sister via Armstrong Pass. Left Salt Lake early in the morning and hiked these two the same day in the afternoon.
Via Trout Creek Trail
Cool day with a dusting of snow up high.
Long way from on oniedas street great going up forever coming back lol
Quick hike up from Horse Meadows. I wasn't aware of the direct route otherwise I would have taken that one.
Wow what a climb! Tough but rewarding. Would like to do it again.
Great help from Alltrails.com to have a nice dayhike on this peak.
from forest road 51 up the south slope and along the ridge to the summit. Then Job's sister and looped back to the car.
Hiked this in mid-November a few days after a storm, up the Trout Creek drainage system.
A bit of snow on the slopes, but no more than 6" in most places. It was a bit icy on the descent, but doable without microspikes.
Full trip report: http://bit.ly/freelpk
Trimmer, Freel’s, Job’s Sister, and Job’s Peak Loop
I drove up Hwy 50 to the junction with Hwy 89 in Myers and headed East towards Luther Pass. 9.6 miles after turning onto Hwy 89 and about .7 of a mile past Luther pass you will take a left on an unmarked forest road (later signs say 051) which is paved for the first couple hundred yards. Stay on this road for 3.4 miles, ignoring many spurs which shoot to the left and right. Stay on road 051. The road was not too rough, and I imagine that it should be fine for most passenger cars. You will cross a cattle grate or two and at 3.4 miles you cross your second small bridge. In about 200 feet there will be a dirt road which heads back and to the left. Rocks block the entrance to this dirt road. Park here.
You hike north on this dirt road/trail for about a mile or so and then meet up with the Tahoe Rim Trail. Take the TRT north towards Star Lake. After a series of long switchbacks you will reach the saddle at about 9,700 feet. The traverse to Trimmer Peak is to the left and the trail up to Freel’s Peak to the right. I traversed over to Trimmer’s Peak staying the right of the ridge for the majority of the time. There is no trail, but you need to work your way below the ridgeline. After tagging Trimmer Peak I headed back over to the sign for Freel’s and up to Freel’s Peak. From Freel’s, Job’s Sister is the obvious next stop. Despite looking very close by, the snow from last weekend’s storm and 400-500 foot drop down into the saddle made this take at least a half hour.
Backtracking from Job’s Sister down a few hundred yards to the saddle is a piece of cake, and then it gets a bit more interesting. You will hang a left towards Job’s Peak, and need to slide across the sandy slopes for about a quarter of a mile towards the lower saddle where you see a trail which leads up towards Job’s Peak. I highly recommend wearing good gaiters as the rocks will pour in to your shoes during this diagonal slide down Job’s Sister.
Once done with the sandy slide down Job’s Sister, you will want to stay close to the ridge and pick up the trail, which follows the ridge and curves left towards the summit of Job’s Peak. I went in early November and much of this trail towards Job’s Peak was covered in snow, which made for much slower going.
After gaining the summit of Job’s Peak head down the ridge for about a half mile or so until arriving at a series of large rock outcroppings. At these outcroppings a you will take a left, towards the south, on a trail which leads back down the valley towards Horse Meadows where you originally parked your car. Unless you are wanting to retrace your steps up Job’s Sister and Freel’s, turning left on this trail will save you a lot of time in completing the loop. The trail is surprisingly well marked as it stays to the left side of the valley and drops down quickly among the trees in the forest. After a couple of miles the trail hits the forest road 051. Follow this dirt road for about two more miles until arriving back at your car. The whole route was exactly 12 miles with 3700 feet of elevation gain. I started at 7 a.m. and finished at 12 a.m.
Hiked with Mike Chen, up 3 hours, down 1.5 hour. Took the steep sandy use trail from Fountain Place to the saddle. Gorgeous views.
Went up from the rim trail, then down the south sand-slope, for a short day. Trip report.