My daughter is a life-time member of the Sierra Club and we love to hike so decided to try this lodge. It is in a great area - on Hwy 40 - just a few miles away from Donner summit and Donner Lake. The desk staff is very helpful on providing information on day hikes, etc. We hiked to the top of Boreal Ridge the first day and did the Judah Mtn Loop the next day - both trails very close to lodge. We met some nice guests helping set the dinner and breakfast tables, and in the main living room. But, we were staying in cubicles which were very small (even though we each had our own). Neither one of use slept well the first night and we elected to leave early (and they were very accommodating). I would go back if we could get a room rather than a cubicle! Prison cells are bigger! The food was good, the location great, and the women's bathroom was spacious and clean, albeit the hair dryer was very low power. It also go warm upstairs where the cubicles are.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Clair Tappaan Lodge is a hostel-style mountain lodge nestled in the Sierra Nevada of California at the top of Donner Pass. Built by Sierra Club volunteers in the 1930s, the lodge is an excellent home base for year-round recreation. The friendly, casual atmosphere and affordable nightly rates (including family-style meals) make the Lodge the perfect rustic getaway to the Tahoe/Donner area. Please note, hostel-style means guests bring their own bedding, towels, and assist with kitchen chores daily. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clair Tappaan Hotel Norden