From Sacramento, head east on U.S. Highway 50 toward South Lake Tahoe. Climb over Echo Pass and down into the Lake Tahoe Basin. In Meyers, turn right at Pioneer Trail, then take another right at Oneidas Street after about one mile. You'll pass through a group of houses and a parking area, then Oneidas Street turns into Fountain Place Road, a one-lane road, that gradually climbs into the forested hills. Follow this road until you hit a gate, then find a spot to park. There are pullouts on the side of the road here, and on summer weekends, you will probably be sharing the area with mountain bikers.
There is a gate at the trailhead blocking motorized vehicles. Just before the gate, find the trail that branches out on the right. Take this trial and follow it. It eventually climbs a narrow drainage towards a saddle. There are a few hundred feet of sand to cross below the saddle. At the saddle, follow the use trail up the southeast ridge and eventually cross the ridge. Then, cross a broad open slope leading to the summit.
Jobs Sister (10,823 ft.) is an easy 1-mile traverse on a use trail leading from Freel Peak’s summit. There is a large field of white quartz resembling snow on Jobs Sister’s west slope
As an alternate route, turn right at the junction at 0.5 mile. Proceed another 0.5 mile, crossing a meadow and Trout Creek, then climb up the west side of Freel Peak’s south ridge. There are a few hundred feet of mild bushwhacking before reaching the Tahoe Rim Trail
. Head left (north) along the trail, eventually reaching the saddle. From the saddle, proceed to the summit as described above.
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