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.

Public Transportation

Public transportation options on Donner Summit are limited; however, during the winter season, Truckee Transit operates a fixed route 7 days per week between Henness Flats, downtown Truckee, Donner Lake, and Boreal, Sugar Bowl, Donner Ski Ranch, and Soda Springs ski resorts between approximately 6:05am and 6:05pm.

One-Way Bus Fare:  Adult: $2.50; Senior / Person w/Disability: $1.00; Child Under 12: $1.50; Child under 3: Free

Day Pass – Adult: $5.00; Senior / Person w/Disability / Child Under 12: $2.00

10-Ride Punch Pass: Adult: $25.00; Child Under 12: $15.00; Senior / Person w/Disability: $10.00

Truckee Transit also offers a year-round Dial-A-Ride service to the general public with priority service for seniors and persons with disabilities. This paratransit service is available for trips within the Town limits, over the same hours and days as the fixed route service. Please call 24 hours in advance to schedule a Dial-A-Ride trip: (530) 550-7451.

One-Way Bus Fare: Adult: $6.00; Senior / Person w/Disability / Child Under 12: $2.00

10-Ride Punch Pass: Adult: $60.00; Senior / Person w/Disability / Child Under 12: $20.00

Tahoe Area Regional Transit (TART) offers service throughout the North Tahoe region but the closest the route comes to the Lodge is the west end of Donner Lake.

Road Conditions

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.