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13 Sep 2014 08:57 pm    Category: Tahoe OGUL Peak List    

Triple Summit: Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, Jobs Peak

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Triple summit hike to Freel Peak, Jobs Sister, and Jobs Peak, the first-, second-, and fourth-highest peaks in the Tahoe area (Mt. Rose is number three).  This loop route is probably the easiest way to bag all three peaks in one day. All three peaks are on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List.

Requires a high-clearance vehicle to reach the trailheads in Horseshoe Meadows on NFS road 51, but the very bad place on the road last year has been improved and isn’t a problem. This route goes clockwise from the “upper trailhead” below Jobs Peak, walking down the road first to the “lower trailhead” below Anderson Pass. After reaching Anderson Pass, the route hike follows the Tahoe Rim Trail up to the turn off to the final ascent of Freel Peak.  That gains most of the elevation on well-maintained trails. From the top of Freel it goes peak-to-peak to Jobs Sister and then Jobs Peak on use trails. The use trails between Jobs Sister and Jobs Peak have many forks (marked on the GPS track by waypoints), but most of them end up in the same place. The only tricky route-finding places are the flat parts of the two saddles, where the use trails temporarily disappear (look ahead while descending), and 1/3 mile above the upper trailhead, where intersecting dirt roads obscure the trail (I got off on a dirt road that reconnects to the main road below the trailhead parking area, but I edited the GPS route to reflect where the actual trail most likely goes). The descent from Jobs Sister toward Jobs Peak is steep decomposed granite (like course sand), but definitely easier going down than up!


11.75 mi (5.67 mi uphill, 4.72 mi downhill, 1.24 mi flat)
3700 ft total ascent
8:21:15 total time (7:06:25 moving, 1:14:50 stopped)
0:36:17 pace (1.7 mph average speed)
35.4 difficulty, 61.6 effort

19 Oct 2013 08:53 pm    Category: Tahoe OGUL Peak List    

The Nipple

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Nice fall hike on a beautiful sunny day to The Nipple (9340 ft) via the Pacific Crest Trail from Tamarack Junction Trailhead on Blue Lakes Road, in Mokelumne Wilderness, Toiyabe National Forest, Alpine County, California. The Nipple is on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List.

7.64 mi (3.34 mi uphill, 3.08 mi downhill, 1.14 mi flat)
1560 ft total ascent – 16.1 % uphill grade, 94.2 % downhill grade
4:49:48 total time (3:41:42 moving, 1:08:06 stopped)
0:28:59 pace (2.1 mph average speed, 10.5 mph max speed)
16.2 difficulty, 31.9 effort

10 Aug 2013 08:12 pm    Category: Tahoe OGUL Peak List    

Dicks Peak

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Hike and peak-bagging expedition to Dicks Peak from the Glen Alpine Trailhead, Desolation Wilderness Area, Tahoe National Forest, near Fallen Leaf Lake. Dicks Peak (9974 ft elev.) is on the Tahoe OGUL Peak List. A portion of the route from below Gilmore Lake to Dicks Pass is via the Pacific Crest Trail/Tahoe Rim Tral. The spur trail to Gilmore Lake is a short sidetrip.  Class 1 hiking trails except for a  class 2 scramble on final ascent with a short difficult section near 38.9018N,120.1479W—difficult at least on the misleading use trails I happened to follow. Probably staying close to the top of the spine of the ridge is best (between the chute with loose gravel on the left[south] and the ledges and steeper walls on the right[north]). Great 360 view of Desolation Wilderness and Lake Tahoe from the top.

Trailhead: From Highway 89, take Fallen Leaf  Road 5.5 miles to its end near Lily Lake and Glen Alpine Springs.  Fallen Leaf Road is paved but narrow, single-lane with pullouts in the upper portion.  Wilderness permit required (same-day registration at the trailhead for day use). The trailhead is busy in summer with limited parking, so arrive early. 2 hours from Reno.

14.15 mi (6.13 mi uphill, 6.13 mi downhill, 1.81 mi flat)
3470 ft total ascent – 15.9 % uphill grade, 56.6 % downhill grade
8:07:40 total time (6:53:47 moving, 1:13:53 stopped)
0:29:14 pace (2.1 mph average speed)
29.4 difficulty, 53.9 effort

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