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Please note reservations for huts must be made by phone only 530-426-3632


Ludlow Hut is located near Lost Corner Mountain on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, 5.2 miles beyond the Rubicon-McKinney trailhead.  Expect approximately 1,100′ of elevation gain. The traditional route follows the summer road along McKinney Creek to Miller Lake, to Richardson Lakes, and the hut at 7,400′. The hut may be difficult to find, being back from the lake and blending with snow and trees. Overnight parking is possible in a residential area at the traditional McKinney Creek trailhead, but hut users should make sure vehicles are well behind snow stakes. Better parking is available at Sugar Pine Point State Park about two miles farther south (for a fee), but this adds mileage to the ski/snowshoe trip and leaves the traveler in a deep, forested canyon for most of the route. Topo map: Homewood 7-1/2′ quad.

There are good ski practice areas along the shore of Richardson Lake and in Miller Meadows. Possible day trips are to Sourdough Hill, Lost Corner Mountain, and northern Desolation Wilderness.

** Call (530) 426-3632 or email for reservations. **



The hut has a main room with a wood-burning stove, tables, and a kitchen area. An upstairs sleeping loft accommodates 15. A two-story outhouse is 100′ southeast of the hut.



Ludlow Hut is six miles west of Lake Tahoe on the northern edge of Desolation Wilderness. It was built in 1955 by friends and family as a memorial to Bill Ludlow, who lost his life at the age of 23 while serving with the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War. For more information about the history of Ludlow Hut, see our Ludlow Hut History Page.