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Image of Ostrander Ski Hut
Courtesy of Brian Magner
Ostrander Hut
Yosemite National Park

Ostrander Hut, located 9 miles in the Yosemite backcountry, is rightly one of the, if not "the most popular" hut in the Sierra. The hut's setting on the edge of Ostrander Lake with Horse Ridge rising beyond is only surpassed by the lands around it that beckon visitors to explore and enjoy the scenery. It is operated by the Yosemite Natural History Association and prime dates are available by lottery each fall.

Related tours:
Ostrander Ski Hut Via Bridalveil Creek Trail
Ostrander Ski Hut Via Horizon Ridge Trail
Ostrander Ski Hut Via Merced Crest Trail

Website: www.ostranderhut.com

   
Image of Glacier Point Ski Hut
Courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
Glacier Point Ski Hut
Yosemite National Park

The 10.5-mile groomed Glacier Point Road leads from Badger Pass Ski Area to Glacier Point Ski Hut. The hut sits at the edge of granite cliffs that descend to Yosemite Valley below and offers magnificent views of Half Dome and the Yosemite backcountry.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.yosemitepark.com/BadgerPass_
CrossCountrySkiing_GlacierPointHut.aspx

   
Image of Tuolumne Meadows Hut
Courtesy of Nationnal Park Service
Tuolumne Meadows Hut
Yosemite National Park

The hut in Tuolumne Meadows offers shelter for those skiing across the Sierra or base-camping and exploring the grand landscape of the high Sierra. It sleeps 10 and is available at no charge on a first come, first serve basis. Parties should be prepared to camp out in case the hut is full.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/tm.htm

   
Image of Pear Lake Hut Pear Lake Hut
Sequoia National Park

Pear Lake Hut is located at the gateway to the Tablelands, which is a popular destination for visitors to explore from the hut. It is also known for the very steep 6-mile route to it, which includes a one mile, 2000-foot climb. It is operated by the Sequoia Natural History Association and prime dates are available by lottery each fall.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.sequoiahistory.org/pearlake/pearlake.htm


Image inside Tioga Pass Resort Tioga Pass Resort
Near Lee Vining on Tioga Pass Road

Tioga Pass Resort is located at 9641 feet and a short distance from Tioga Pass. It offers day-access to the Sierra Crest and lower elevation destinations. It is popular with tele-skiers and tourers alike. You ski in, but they haul your gear.

Closed indefinitely

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.tiogapassresort.com

   
Image of Rock Creek Lodge Rock Creek Lodge
South of Mammoth Lakes at Tom's Place

Rock Creek Lodge offers rustic lodging at the gateway to spectacular Little Lakes Valley. You ski in, but they haul your gear. Access to the lodge is along a groomed road and the lodge also maintains a local groomed trail system. Off-track skiing is troughout Little Lakes Valley and on the adjacent slopes and ridges.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.rockcreeklodge.com


Image of Lost Trail Lodge Lost Trail Lodge
Near Truckee up Coldstream Canyon

To say that Lost Trail Lodge offers modern amenities in a rustic atmosphere is an understatement. The lodge includes a gourmet kitchen and unique bedrooms including Jacuzzis in some. It is reached by a 4-mile snow-covered road.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.losttraillodge.com

   
Image of Peter Grubb Hut Peter Grubb Hut
North of Highway 80 at Donner Summit

Peter Grubb Hut is located just 3 miles to the north of Donner Summit in a designated non-motorized area. The hut is a favorite of both day and over-night skiers and snowshoers. It offers excellent access to Castle Peak, Basin Peak, Sand Ridge and other areas to explore.

Related tours: Round Valley and Peter Grubb Hut

Website: www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/huts/grubb.asp

   
Image of Benson Hut
Courtesy of Dick Simpson
Benson Hut
South of Sugar Bowl Ski Resort near Donner Summit

Benson Hut is located on the Sierra Crest and on the north side of Anderson Peak. It is notorious for high winds. It can be combined with "New" Bradley Hut to create a two-hut tour.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/huts/benson

   
Image of New Bradley Hut
Courtesy of Dick Simpson
"New" Bradley Hut
South of Benson Hut at Pole Creek

This, the "new" Bradley Hut, replaced the Josephine Crane Bradley Hut that was located in the Five Lakes Basin between Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski resorts after the area became a designated Wilderness. The new hut is located in Pole Creek, which is a designated winter non-motorized area.

Related tours: Bradley Hut

Website: www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/huts/bradley

   
Image of Ludlow Hut
Courtesy of Stewart Logie
Ludlow Hut
West of Lake Tahoe near McKinney Creek and Richardson Lake

Ludlow Hut is an A-frame hut located on the north edge of Desolation Wilderness. The approach is mainly along a road that is shared with snowmobiles.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.sierraclub.org/outings/lodges/huts/ludlow


Image of Loon Lake Chalet
Loon Lake Chalet
Crystal Basin at Loon Lake off Highway 50

This "chalet" is located in the Loon Lake Winter Recreation Area, which offers many miles of non-groomed backcountry ski trails. It is accessible by car and electricity, running water, a stove, a refrigerator and bathrooms are provided. It accommodates up to 20 people.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/recreation/cabins/loonchalet

   
Image of Robbs Peak Hut
Courtesy of Monte Hendricks
Robbs Peak Hut
Crystal Basin near Loon Lake off Highway 50

Robbs Peak Hut is located at the site of the now out-of-service Robbs Peak Lookout. It is small, but comes equipped with propane heat, lights and stove. The shortest route to the hut is less than three miles.

Related tours: N/A

Website: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/recreation/cabins/robbshut

   
Image of Van Vleck Bunkhouse Van Vleck Bunkhouse
Crystal Basin near Loon Lake off Highway 50

The Van Vleck Bunkhouse is a renovated ranch bunkhouse that is plush by Sierra Club hut standards. You enter, flip the switch and presto ... there's heat. There are also lights, running water and an indoor toilet.

Related tours: Van Vleck Bunkhouse

Website: www.fs.fed.us/r5/eldorado/recreation/cabins/vanvleck


Image not available Meiss Lake Hut
North of Carson Pass near Meiss Lake

This hut is located near Meiss Lake and is operated by Sierra Ski Touring. Rumors are that it is in need of extensive cleaning.

Related tours: Meiss Lake

Website: www.highsierra.com/sst/pages/meiss.htm


Image not available Bear Trap Basin Hut

N/A

Related tours: N/A

Website: N/A


Image not available Keller Peak Ski Hut
San Bernardino Mountains

This facility is accessible by car in winter, but is included here because of it's unique history and location. It was built by the Ski Mountaineers of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Related tours: N/A

Website: angeles.sierraclub.org/lodges/kellerpeakskihut.html

   
Image of San Antonio Ski Hut
Courtesy of Gil Estrada
San Antonio Ski Hut
Angeles National Forest near Mt. Baldy

Built by the Ski Mountaineers of the Angeles Chapter of the Sierra Club, the hut is reached by a steep 3-mile trek. It offers access to Mt. San Antonio (10,064 feet) and it's bowls that beckon tele-skiers.

Related tours: N/A

Website: angeles.sierraclub.org/lodges/sanantonioskihut.html