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Our Covid 19 Response

In compliance with Governor Newsom’s mandate, as well as Sierra Club’s organizational guidelines, Clair Tappaan Lodge, Hutchinson Lodge and the backcountry hut system are temporarily closed. Reopening is currently not scheduled until at least March 1st 2021 for Clair Tappaan Lodge. The huts will remain closed until at least April 1st 2021. Hutchinson Lodge will remain closed until summer.

With the recent increase in Covid-19 Country, State and County wide we cannot guarantee the hoped for opening dates noted above. As March 1st is looking more unlikely for Clair Tappaan Lodges we are noting booking actual reservations in the system at this time. Any requests sent to us in November & December when we hoped to have advanced booking open will be held in priority for when we do begin to process reservations. At this time, we will open Clair Tappaan Lodge reservations February 1st along with Hut reservations (see below) if we believe opening will be possible.  We will update this website as more information becomes available and decisions have been made.

Should we have the opportunity to open the Huts April 1st advanced reservations will open February 1, 2021. Reservations will be available via phone (530) 426-3632 or via an online booking request sheet which will become live February 1st. All reservations will be made on a first come first served basis. Our staff is minimal during the closure and you will likely need to leave a message with your request and contact information if you call our desk. All requests via phone and the on line booking request form will be logged with date and time received. Then processed in order.


Built in 1924 as a winter retreat for lovers of the Sierra Nevada, Hutchinson Lodge, originally named the Sierra Ski Club, is a rustic, un-staffed lodge situated in the woods next door to Clair Tappaan Lodge. It is enjoyed year-round by a variety of groups. Guests bring their own bedding and pillow, towels, toiletries, and food. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, two sleeping lofts with bunk beds, a 8-person sauna, showers, and toilets. Two efficient wood burning stoves provide heat. Max capacity is about 25.

Dozens of winter activities are available on Donner Summit. Groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails start right out the front door. Several downhill skiing areas are in the immediate area with weekend shuttle service. Spring, summer, and fall activities include hiking, swimming in mountain lakes, biking on road and off road, and rock climbing. The Pacific Crest Trail is nearby and Lake Tahoe is just 25 miles away.



Hutchinson Lodge is rented on a flat rate nightly basis.  There are no cancellations given once reserved similar to the Huts.  You can reserve Hutchinson Lodge by calling CTL at 530-426-3632.  You may cook your own food in the kitchen at Hutchinson Lodge, or you may purchase meals at CTL if there is enough space (if you make reservation in advance).  Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals are also available next door at Clair Tappaan Lodge.

Cancellation Policy:  Hutchinson reservations are charged in full at the time of booking.  Refunds are only available for Hutchinson Lodge up to 30 days prior to arrival.

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Hutchinson Lodge is 2.3 miles east of Interstate 80 (exit 174) on Donner Pass Road, just west of Clair Tappaan Lodge. When there is no snow, Hutchinson is accessible by 4-wheel drive vehicle; otherwise guests must walk about 100 yards uphill from the parking lot. For more details, see our Getting Here Page.

Reserve your next event at Hutchinson’s Lodge.