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Lodges and Huts


Clair Tappaan Lodge

Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 and named after Judge Clair Sprague Tappaan, an outstanding outings leader and an officer of the Sierra Club for many years. It is located in the Sierra Nevada on old U.S. 40 near Norden, two miles east of Soda Springs.

It has a capacity of 140; sleeping accommodations are in dormitories, family rooms of 5-12 bunks, and two bunk cubicles. The Lodge staff includes a manager and professional cook, as well as additional staff for summer and winter programs. Price includes accommodations and three meals daily.

Learn more about Clair Tappaan Lodge.


Other Sierra Club Lodges and Huts

The Sierra Club operates several lodges and huts in California. These facilities give members the opportunity to explore and enjoy wild areas and encourage a commitment to wilderness preservation.

Members must provide their own sleeping bags, and their own food supplies everywhere but Clair Tappaan Lodge.

Northern California

Hutchinson Lodge
Hutchinson Lodge was given to the Sierra Club in 1956. It is located just west of Clair Tappaan Lodge. It has a capacity of 20, with one large room, a loft for sleeping, and a kitchen. There is no staff; members do their own cooking and housekeeping.

Shasta Alpine Lodge
Shasta Alpine Lodge was built in 1922 through the generosity of M. Hall McAllister and is owned by the Sierra Club Foundation. It is located on the south flank of Mt. Shasta. It is a one room structure with a fireplace and emergency supplies. The lodge is used as an emergency shelter only; campgrounds are nearby. In the summer, a caretaker offers climbing advice and emergency assistance.

Sam McDonald Hut
Sam McDonald Hut was built in 1977 to inspire the development of a network of trails and huts from the Golden Gate National Recreational Area to Santa Cruz. It is located in Sam McDonald County Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a one-mile hike from the park entrance. It has a capacity of 14, with a living room, dining area, kitchen, and a loft.

Donner Pass/Lake Tahoe Area Huts
The Sierra Club's Donner Pass/Lake Tahoe Area huts are perfect if you want to explore the Sierra Nevada this winter but don't want to build an igloo or dig a snow cave. Each hut is a day's ski apart, or about a day's journey from various trailheads.

The huts give ambitious skier a chance to ski along the Sierra Crest without having to snow camp. All four huts are equipped with woodburing stoves and outhouses, but food, supplies, and bedding must be carried in.

See a map of Lake Tahoe Area Huts


Yosemite Valley

LeConte Memorial
LeConte Memorial was built in 1903 in honor of Joseph LeConte, eminent geologist and early director of the Sierra Club. Located in Yosemite Valley, it provides information on conservation, national parks, and the High Sierra, and serves as a center for environmental programs. Members and the public are encouraged to visit LeConte, which is open and staffed with a professional curator from May to September. There are no accommodations at this facility.


Southern California

Harwood Lodge
Harwood Lodge was built in 1930 as a memorial to Aurelia S. Harwood, past president of the Sierra Club and Angeles Chapter leader. In is located in the San Gabriel Mountains, above Pomona, on Mt. Baldy (Mt. San Antonio). It has a capacity of 64. It is a large, rustic stone building with a meeting hall/dining room, kitchen, dormitories, and family bedrooms.

San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) Ski Hut
San Antonio (Mt. Baldy) Ski Hut was built in 1936 by UCLA ski mountaineers. It is located on the southern slope of Mt. Baldy (Mt. San Antonio). It is 2.5 miles by trail from Harwood Lodge. It has a capacity of 20, with a living room, kitchen, and dormitory.

Keller Peak Ski Hut
Keller Peak Ski Hut was built in 1938 by Sierra Club ski mountaineers. It is located in a rocky, forested area in Snow Valley in the San Bernardino mountains, on Big Bear Highway (Hwy. 18). Facilities include two living rooms, a kitchen, and dormitories.

Foster Lodge
Foster Lodge was given to the Sierra Club by E.T. Guymon, Jr. in 1951. It is located 55 miles east of San Diego in the Cleveland National Forest, overlooking Anza Borrego State Park. There are two cabins with a combined capacity of 75, including kitchens and bunk rooms.


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