I took this panoramic photo atop Freel Peak, Tahoe's highest at 10,881. You can truly see it all from this summit: the expansive Lake Tahoe sprawling north, the ridge leading to the dramatic landscape change east to Carson City, the moonscape-like domes of Job's Peak and Job's Sister, and the granite-laden Desolation Wilderness. A definite must-do for any Tahoe bucket list! It's fun to pass Tahoe Rim Trail thru-hikers en route to the summit and chat with them about their journey around the rim of the lake. At the top, the experience is surreal. You are truly above everything in sight!
We took the south-side route in from Horse Meadow, which is fairly tame despite being some 10 miles round-trip. Perhaps the most difficult part was navigating the FR-051 dirt road with my Subaru. The very first section of road has deep ruts as of October 2012, so take a vehicle with high clearance.