Ascent of Freel Peak on 2007-08-26

Climber: Patrick Wright

Others in Party:Cass for return trip
Date:Sunday, August 26, 2007
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Freel Peak
    Elevation:10881 ft / 3316 m

Ascent Trip Report

I decided that I was going to go hiking after all at about 10:30 on Sunday, after getting home from poker at about 4am that morning (it's hard to leave when you are actually winning for a change). I chose Freel for its dominating nature in the nearby vicinity of only 70 miles away. I actually got started at about 2pm from the end of Oneidas Street. I had not prepared as much as I should have and only had a copy of the rim trail map with me. I took the trout creek route as it seemed the most direct. It was direct for sure, I did some sidehilling that I thought was a waste while I was doing it as I had to drop back down to regain the correct approach however on the return trip I found out this area was best done from the hill rather than the creek bed which has a minor trail in as well. After what felt like months of steep sand I reached the rim trail at a point about 50 yards from the Freel use trail. The last mile up is one of the nicest high mountain trails I have seen with rocks aligned as steps and cairns to mark the more vague routes. At the top there were about 6 other people within 5 minutes of my arrival. One individual (Cass) had come up from the same starting point but had taken the side route to Armstrong pass and then followed the rim trail from there. After discussing a bit we decided that he would like to accompany me back down the Trout creek route to go out. As evil as the route was going up it was worth it to go back down almost running in many places in the soft sand. The views from the top were awesome and worth the pain, as my tallest to date I can only wonder how I am going to outdo it over and over again.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2881 ft / 878 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:Trout Creek
    Trailhead:Oneidas Street  8000 ft / 2438 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 30 Minutes

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