Clair Tappaan Lodge

Donner Pass

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Clair Tappaan Lodge with plenty of snow in the area.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge front entrance.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
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  • A group of patrons lighting off fireworks in front of Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge welcome sign.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Front hallway that connects the common areas.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Front hallway at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Male dorm bunk beds.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge game lounge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge game lounge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge lounge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Hot tub at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Community dining at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Community dining at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • A birthday at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Front desk area in the main hallway.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Central room at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Reading lounge at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Reading lounge at the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Private rooms are available in the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Nightscape from the Clair Tappaan Lodge parking lot.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • Clair Tappaan Lodge parking lot.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
  • View from the Clair Tappaan Lodge. Wind blowing the snow from the top of Mount Judah.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
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  • View from the Clair Tappaan Lodge.- Clair Tappaan Lodge
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Clean facilities. Friendly staff. Big meal portions.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Pets allowed: 
No
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Price per night: 
$1-70/night
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Details

Pet Friendly (allowed inside): 
No
ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Continental Breakfast: 
No
Air Conditioning: 
No
Cable/TV: 
No
Internet/Wi-fi: 
No
Hot Tub: 
No
Swimming Pool: 
No
Historical: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
Yes

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Sierra Club
Reservation phone number: 
530-426-3632
Reservation email: 
Address: 
19940 Donner Pass Rd
PO Box 36, Norden, CA 95724
Norden, CA 95724
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

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The Clair Tappaan Lodge is a hostel-style lodge built by Sierra Club volunteers in 1934. This rustic lodge is located in the historic Donner Pass area of California. Quick access to year-round outdoor activities can be found just minutes from the front door. 

There are 23 bunks that are available in the female dorm and 10 in the male dorm. The Clair Tappaan also offers private and group rooms if you prefer a little privacy. A big hearty breakfast, lunch, or dinner can be purchased at a reasonable rate as well. Meal time is a community event where you can sit down and mingle with the other patrons while enjoying home-style cooked food. Plates from the menu are brought to your table, and you can help yourself like you are at home. 

Community areas include a central room, reading lounge, game room, community lounge, and the hot tub. Cross country skiing/snowshoeing trails are located directly out the front door as well as three ski resorts within minutes of the lodge. The Clair Tappaan is a short walk from the parking lot that is located across Donner Pass Road.

If you like the area but hostel lodging is not quite your thing, the Benson Hut, Bradley Hut, Ludlow Hut and Peter Grubb Hut are also managed by the Sierra Club and can be reserved at the Clair Tappaan.

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