|David Schneider climbs the last 1000' of Freel Peak|
Freel Peak is high, but kind of tucked away, so it's a long 4000'+ tour no matter how you do it. The most popular trailheads are, from Freel's south, the east side of Luther Pass, and from Freel's north, the High Meadows Drive trailhead off of Pioneer Trail. Free parking is available at both of these places, though parking is very limited at the small lot at the end of High Meadows Drive. Average tour elevation is 8300'. March is probably the ideal time to do this tour; much later and you'll lose snow coverage down low, particularly on the south-facing slopes near the east-of-Luther trailhead.
|David Schneider descends Freel|
For our descent, we dropped down the north bowl, just northeast of the summit. From the flats at 9500', we continued north, towards Monument Peak, to High Meadows, doing sweeping tele-turns through the trees in the increasingly wet snow. At High Meadows, we turned west, following the power lines and the snowmobile route down to the High Meadows Drive trailhead. It was a full, very satisfying 8-to-6 day.
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