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Clair Tappaan Lodge

Reservations and Cancellations

Clair Tappaan Lodge and Back Country Hut Policies

Clair Tapppaan Lodge Reservations

Reservations may be made on the web or over the phone with a VISA, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or Diner's Club card. Your credit card holds your spot and will not be debited until you arrive and register, or notify us of cancellation (see our cancellation policy below). Upon arrival, you can pay with cash, personal check, or credit card, at which time you must show proof of membership to receive the Sierra Club member's discount.

If you wish to reserve a space at the lodge without a credit card, you must make your request in writing and include payment for 50% of the reservation fee in the form of a check or money order. All reservation requests are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend that reservations for busy weekends and holiday periods be made at least a month in advance. For information about group bookings, call the main office.

Clair Tappaan Lodge Cancellations

In the event of cancellation, your credit card would be debited the following amounts:

  • 7 or more days notice -$12 or 10% of the total reservation canceled, whichever is greater.
  • 1 to 6 days notice -25% of total reservation amount canceled.
  • less than one day notice -50% of the total amount canceled.

Note: Changing the date(s) of an existing reservation constitutes a cancellation of those date(s). The only exception to the above policy is in the event of an official road closure by the State Department of Transportation due to weather (call CAL-TRANS at 1-800-427-ROAD or check their website), in which case no cancellation fees apply. Please note that NO CASH REFUNDS are handed out at the lodge. All refund requests must be submitted to Clair Tappaan; checks are then issued via Sierra Club headquarters.

Back Country Hut Reservations

To prevent overcrowding, the cabins are operated on a reservation basis during the winter. Requests for reservations should be accompanied by a $10/person/night deposit. Before 1 November requests will be accepted only in writing. After 1 November, requests will also be accepted by phone (530-426-3632, 9 AM - 12 noon only) if the caller provides valid VISA or MasterCard credit card information. Other information needed to secure a reservation includes cognizant person (organization scheduler or trip leader), address, and phone number; hut(s) and date(s) desired -- list the date of the evening for an overnight; party size; and type of group (see below).

Sierra Club groups receive first priority in reservations. Groups which have participated in work parties receive priority over those which have not. Each party should include at least one person familiar with the location of the cabin (having visited it before) who is willing to act as navigator. Responsibility for the safety of the group lies with the trip leader.

Back Country Hut Cancellations

A full or partial refund of any deposit can be arranged if space is released at least one month before the reservation date. If weather forces cancellation (for example, highways were closed), a refund may also be possible; a forecast of bad weather does not, by itself, constitute grounds for a refund, however. Make claims for refunds immediately to the Manager at Clair Tappaan Lodge (see below).

Back Country Hut Reservation Form

Complete and mail to:
Hut Reservations
c/o Clair Tappaan Lodge
P.O. Box 36
Norden, CA 95724

Circle hut requested:

Dates (Evening):
First Choice __________________
Second Choice __________________
Third Choice __________________

Party Size: _____ (capacity 15, except 12 at Benson)

Name: _____________________________________
Address: _____________________________________
City: _____________________________________
State: _______ ZIP: _______________________
Phone: _____________________________________
E-Mail: _____________________________________
Each reservation request for winter use must be accompanied by a $10 per person per night deposit. Please make checks payable to "Sierra Club." If charging to a credit card, please supply the following:

Circle Card Type: VISA MasterCard
Account Number: _____________________________
Exp Date: _____________________________
Signature: _____________________________________

Check if any apply:
( ) I am a Sierra Club member
( ) Reservation request is for a Sierra Club group
( ) I participated in a Sierra Club hut work party during this past summer
( ) My group participated in a Sierra Club hut work party during this past summer

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