Clair Tappaan Lodge is located at 19940 Donner Pass Road, in Norden, CA, just south of I-80 in California, near Donner Pass. Take exit 174 for Soda Springs/Norden, head east on Donner Pass Rd. for 2.4 mi, and look for our sign on the left. A loading zone is located up the paved driveway on the north side of the road and the Lodge entrance is just beyond that at the end of the footpath.
Parking is available in the large lot on the south side of the road. If coming from the west, the lot is on your right. If coming from the east, the lot is on your left. During the winter when snow removal is in progress, it’s best to park perpendicular to the road, with your front end facing the road. This will ensure there’s room for other guests to park and that snowplows have ample space to remove snow.
During the summer, the only road restrictions guests have to deal with are related to construction and closures for events like the Donner Lake Triathlon. Donner Pass Road (Highway 40) is frequently maintained during the winter and open as conditions permit. Call (530) 426-1111 for road updates. Magnifeye is a very useful website if you want to look at the road conditions on Donner Summit.
If you don’t want to drive and you live near one of their pickup locations, you can utilize Tahoe Convoy.
Tahoe Convoy is currently paused until their 4th winter season launches in January 2021.