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, towels, toiletries, and food. The lodge has a fully equipped kitchen, two sleeping lofts with sleeping pads, 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 online through the “Book Now” option, or by calling CTL at 530-426-3632. You may purchase meals at CTL if there is enough space if you make reservation in advance, or you may cook your own food in the kitchen at Hutchinson Lodge. Snowshoe and cross-country ski rentals are also available next door at Clair Tappaan Lodge.
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.