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Camping & Lodging

Clair Tappaan Lodge is a historic, rustic mountain lodge nestled in the woods near Lake Tahoe, California. With accommodations for up to 145 guests, our lodge is the perfect home base for year-round recreation and relaxation in the Sierra Nevada. The friendly, casual atmosphere, proximity to endless outdoor recreation opportunities and affordable nightly rates make Clair Tappaan the perfect rustic getaway to the Truckee-Tahoe area.

Situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet on historic Donner Summit, the Lodge is a charming spot from which to explore the riches of the Sierra Nevada. The area receives the highest average snowfall of the entire Sierra Nevada range, making the Lodge a favorite amongst cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

A network of nearby trails offers miles of hiking and provides access to fishing streams, remote meadows and peaks, and crystal clear lakes. The well-known Pacific Crest Trail is only a mile away and can be reached right out the back door of the lodge. The Donner Summit area is great for both road and mountain biking and is also widely known as a rock climbers’ mecca.

For those who are really adventurous, the Lodge is a great starting point for a multi-day trek to one of the four backcountry warming huts in the region. If you want to explore the mountains in the winter but don’t want to dig a snow cave or carry a tent, our backcountry huts may be perfect for you.

For more information, see the website.

Recommended Routes in Soda Springs - 2

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Favorite Views from Castle Peak.
Difficult

Castle Peak Out-and-Back

5.9 mi 9.5 km 1,768' Up 538.81 m Up 1,768' Down 538.89 m Down

Truckee, CA
Favorite Castle Peak
Intermediate/Difficult

Hole in the Ground Loop

16.3 mi 26.3 km 1,939' Up 591.01 m Up 1,942' Down 591.88 m Down

Truckee, CA

Soda Springs Running

  • 120 Miles 193 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 8 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 16 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 2 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Soda Springs - 24

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7.8 mi 12.5 km #1DLRT (Donner Lake Rim Trail): Castle Valley to Donner Ridge
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
8.2 mi 13.2 km #2Hole In The Ground Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
1.4 mi 2.2 km #3Castle Peak Trail
Difficult
Truckee, CA
Difficult
Truckee, CA
5.2 mi 8.3 km #4Warren Lake Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Truckee, CA
9.2 mi 14.8 km #5Palisades Creek Trail
Difficult
Truckee, CA
Difficult
Truckee, CA
39.1 mi 62.9 km #6PCT: Highway 80 to Highway 49 (near Sierra City)
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
1.3 mi 2.1 km #7Razorback Ridge Trail
Difficult
Truckee, CA
Difficult
Truckee, CA
3.2 mi 5.1 km #8Lower Lola Montez Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Truckee, CA
4.2 mi 6.8 km #9Point Mariah Hiking Trail
Easy
Truckee, CA
Easy
Truckee, CA
1.7 mi 2.7 km #10Bogus Basin Trail
Intermediate
Truckee, CA
Intermediate
Truckee, CA

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The Switchback Trail winds through carpets of mule's ear in Royal Gorge.
Dec 29, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Natural bridge on Razorback Ridge at Royal Gorge. with permission from George Lamson
Aug 16, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Castle Peak
Aug 27, 2018 near Truckee, CA
Keep your eyes peeled for flowering brown peony along the Switchback Trail in Royal Gorge.
Dec 30, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Long Lake sitting below the Palisades Creek Trail. with permission from George Lamson
Aug 19, 2016 near Truckee, CA
Lower Lola Montez lake
Mar 31, 2015 near Truckee, CA
Castle Peak from Andesite ridge
Mar 31, 2015 near Truckee, CA
The Razorback Ridge Trail offers spectacular views of the Crow's Nest, Mt. Disney, and Mt. Lincoln.
Dec 31, 2016 near Truckee, CA