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19940 Donner Pass Road (old Hwy 40), Norden/Soda Springs 39.318, -120.351|
- (530) 426-3632 or (800) 679-6775 - email@example.com
Main lodge page: www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/ctl/
Note: The road crosses into Placer county just east of the lodge and street numbers jump from 19000 to 58000
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Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL) is a rustic mountain lodge on old Hwy 40 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.
I-80 exit 174-Soda Springs/Norden 12 mi. west of Truckee. Go 2.4 miles east on Donner Pass Rd. (old U.S. 40).
Note: Just east of the parking area the road goes from Nevada County into Placer Co. and the street numbers jump from 19000 to 58000. This causes a problem with Google maps which puts CTL up the road. Google directions may send you to Boreal Ridge ski area and Bunny Hill Dr., which doesn't go though. Yahoo or Mapquest work better.You can use the old, steep footpath from the small parking area on the north side of the road leading up to the Lodge's South entrance. Or slightly to the east just past the large parking area on the south side is easier access to the lodge North entrance. Use the road up to the tri-lodge area. There is a loading/unloading zone (short term parking for drop offs). 19940 Donner Pass Road (old Hwy 40), Norden/Soda Springs.
Dropoff is on Cal Lodge driveway.
See transportation below for taxi and shuttle information.
It is a little less than 1 hour from the Reno Airport (RNO). Directions from RNO
Directions at Sierra Club CTL site.
Expand | Mileage to Lake Tahoe etc. | Truckee | Directions to Kings Beach, Carnelian Bay and Mt. Rose
Topo Maps: Flora Lake, Donner Pk. - Mt. Judah, Castle Peak, Others
There is a small parking area below the lodge. The steep path of about 260' up to the Lodge starts here.
The main parking area is across from the Cal Lodge.
There is a new (2008-09) drop-off area accessable by driving up the road toward the Cal Lodge by the new Clair Tappaan sign.
Contact Information |
- Official Web Site: ctl.sierraclub.org
P.O. Box 36, Norden, CA 95724
phone: (530) 426-3632 or (800) 679-6775, (530) 414-1364 (emergency cell phone)
Lodge Manager: Peter Lehmkuhl
Accommodations: - Rooms
Living Room, Library, and Dining Room
Copy of Information Sheet Available at CTL office.
Clair Tappaan Lodge (Norden, CA) - Lodge Reviews - TripAdvisor
What they don't like:
Hikes/Trails at the Donner Summit Trails Page.
See the Clair Tappaan History Page
7:00 am Setup for Breakfast (2-3 volunteers)|
7:30 am Make lunches in Living Room
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Kitchen cleanup (2-3 volunteers/day)
5:30 pm Set up for dinner (2-3 volunteers)|
6:00 pm Dinner
(was 5 on Sunday but will change to 6 in '08)
6:30 pm Kitchen cleanup
Other Activities and Sights:|
Tahoe Web site
Perseid Meteor Shower Information (Aug. 12 every year)
Placer County Sheriff: (530) 886-5375
Nevada County Sheriff: (530) 582-7842
Truckee Fire Protection District - 530-582-7850
See Also: Directions at Sierra Club CTL site and directions with map above.
See: Transportation at the airport web site.
North Lake Tahoe Express (www.northlaketahoeexpress.com) - (866) 216-5222 - $40 (round trip $75) from Reno Airport.
Greyhound (800) 231-2222
Amtrak - 800 872-7245, (775) 329-8638
Taxi's Truckee: ($3-4/mi - abt. $40-$55)
In the winter they have a free shuttle bus to the Sugar Bowl parking lot and another one you catch from the parking lot to Cal Lodge. The schedules are changing all the time so when you call they will give you all of the info.
From San Francisco you can take BART to Rochmond and Amtrak to Soda Springs. You go by train to Sacramento then get on a Capitol Corridor bus (with your Amtrak ticket) which will drop you at the Lodge by Exit 174 (Soda Springs). See San Francisco transportation at the Tahoe Page.
Petroglyphs: 2 mi.
Sacramento Airport: 98 mi. 1:40
San Francisco Airport: 190 mi. 3 hrs.
Distances from Clair Tappaan Lodge|
See Trailhead directions
Note: Traffic may be bad in July and Aug around Lake Tahoe so times may be longer.
More information at: Truckee Visitors Center (530) 587-0476 Truckee.com
Shopping and Gas see Donner Summit page
The Board of Directors also challenged the Lodge to increase its occupancy to the breakeven point in 2006. Historically the Lodge has attracted 11,000 visitors per year, resulting in a loss of approximately $100,000. In 2005, occupancy was ~ 12,000 visitors. Breakeven is between 14,000 and 15,000.
In 2006 the loss was reduced to around $50,000 and a fund raiser came up with something around $15,000.
In 2007-08, three bold initiatives toward a paradigm shift from "snow lodge to all-year lodge" are bearing fruit in the drive to make CTL break even. The appeal to schools to bring their students for environmental education, recreation and science programs continues. A relationship has been established with Elder Hostel, and the three 2008 summer inter-generational programs are now filling up.
Over $20,000 from the 2008 fundraiser allowed them to meet their break even deadline by the end of the 3rd quarter.
In late 2006 the finance committee proposed selling about 232 acres around the Warming Hut which could bring in $430,000, of which $100,000 would be earmarked for Clair Tappaan Lodge needs. The total acerage around CTL is about 90 acres.
Speakers and Information Resources
Donner Summit Information
Lake Tahoe Information
Truckee Visitors Center (530) 587-0476 Truckee.com
Emergency Services in the Tahoe Area
I-80 in the Sierra Nevada (Soda Springs, Donner Lake, Truckee, Gas Prices)
Floor Plan rooms
Floor Plan Common Area
UNDER COVERS; A shared experience;Clair Tappaan Lodge - SF Chronicle January 11, 2007
Introduction to backpacking - Sierra Club National Outing
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