Our Covid 19 Response

                                               Clair Tappaan Lodge, Hutchinson Lodge and the four backcountry huts                                         are temporarily closed. 

All of our operations have been closed since mid-March 2020 as a response to the pandemic. We are just planning our gradual reopening.

At this time, we are only accepting group inquiries for Clair Tappaan and Hutchinson Lodges. California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced group guidelines on April 2, 2021 and we will consider inquiries for July 5, 2021 or later. Additionally, all group requests will be evaluated by the operations and safety/risk management teams prior to approval. We will discuss Covid-19 prevention practices with group coordinators prior to evaluation and approval.

Not sure when the huts will be open for bookings. It is now looking more like July or August, possible later. We must get work parties together to do hantavirus cleaning and make any repairs needed before we can open to reservations. We are also examining how to book the huts fairly. At least for some time yet, we will not be able to put strangers together and will likely book to groups only. As we know more, we will update the website. We thought we may be able to open the huts earlier in the summer but after much discussion it has become obvious that this was a bit ambitious. If we are able to open earlier, we will.


Winter reservations for the huts will open in November.


This is an extremely challenging time for all and we appreciate your patience and understanding.


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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.