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Ludlow Hut

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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  • Ludlow Hut.- Ludlow Hut
  • Hut and outhouse.- Ludlow Hut
  • The Ludlow Hut was built by the Sierra Club in 1955.- Ludlow Hut
  • The Ludlow Hut.- Ludlow Hut
  • Main room with woodburning stove and a ladder to the loft sleeping area.- Ludlow Hut
  • The hut features an indoor woodpile.- Ludlow Hut
  • Two benches and the small kitchen area.- Ludlow Hut
  • Loft sleeping area.- Ludlow Hut
  • Loft sleeping area with flaps down for additional sleeping space.- Ludlow Hut
  • The hut has a 15-person capacity, but it is quite nice with two.- Ludlow Hut
  • Richardson Lake with the Pacific Crest Trail across the water.- Ludlow Hut
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Communal sleeping and living space. Secluded location. Firewood provided.
Cons: 
Communal sleeping and living space. No utilities. Can get crowded on weekends. Possible motorized traffic along the hike.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Open Dates: 
Year Round
Bedrooms: 
1
Outhouse only: 
Yes
Dogs allowed inside: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Today

Clear throughout the day.
42°F
30°

Sun

Partly cloudy starting in the evening.
49°F
35°

Mon

Partly cloudy until evening.
53°F
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Tue

Clear throughout the day.
60°F
45°

Wed

Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
64°F
46°

Thu

Partly cloudy in the morning.
66°F
46°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
65°F
47°

Details

ADA/Wheelchair Accessible: 
No
Pet Friendly (allowed inside): 
No
Wood Stove: 
Yes
Electricity: 
No
Heating (forced air or radiant): 
No
Potable Water: 
No
Showers: 
No
Firewood Provided: 
Yes
Kitchen: 
Yes
Outdoor Fire Pit/BBQ: 
Yes
Linens provided: 
No

Reservation Information

Managed by: 
Sierra Club
Reservation phone #: 
530-426-3632
Address: 
United States
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Property Description

Property Description

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The Ludlow Hut is one of four backcountry huts in the Sierra managed by the Sierra Club. Built in 1955, the Ludlow Hut stands near the north end of the Desolation Wilderness and is ideally placed as a shelter for a snowshoe or cross-country ski trip or as a break from hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, which passes on the other side of adjacent Richardson Lake.

The hut has no power or running water, but it has two wood-burning stoves with firewood provided, pots for cooking water, and a loft that can sleep up to 15 people. Tools are provided for chopping kindling from the provided wood, and an outside firepit sits in front of the hut. The bathroom is an elevated outhouse about 75 feet from the hut. 

Access to the hut is easiest from the Old Rubicon Road that parallels McKinney Creek from the Tahoma area at Lake Tahoe's west shore. It requires a 5 mile hike, as the road is too rough for all but the most capable four-wheel drive off-road vehicles. Follow Old Rubicon Road for about 3.8 miles, at which point Forest Road 14N39 takes you the final 1.1 miles to the hut.

An alternative access is from Sugar Pine Point State Park, which is slightly longer and requires an overnight parking fee. 

Named after William Ludlow Jr., a member of the Army Corps of Engineers whose picture and story are framed on the hut's inside walls, the Ludlow Hut is maintained by volunteers, and the state of the hut and supplies such as playing cards and hand sanitizer depends upon the courtesy of the previous visitors. 

Reservations are required, and this hut can sell out well in advance for weekends in the peak snow season. Reservations are $20 per person per night and can be made by calling the Claire Tappan Lodge at 530.426.3632.

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