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Support Clair Tappaan Lodge

We are grateful for donations to maintain and support the historic Clair Tappaan Lodge. Donations are not tax-deductible; however, the money goes directly to support the Lodge operations. Checks can be made payable to Clair Tappaan Lodge and sent to Peter Lehmkuhl, Lodge General Manager, Clair Tappaan Lodge P.O. Box 36 Norden, CA 95724

Donations to the Clair Tappaan Lodge account in the Sierra Club Foundation ARE tax deductible and support environmental education experiences for school groups and inner city outings. For more information contact Peter Lehmkuhl.

Yearly August Fundraising Weekends

2010 Fundraiser, August 13 - 15, 2010, our 6th annual event. "Celebrating the History of the Sierra Club at Donner Summit." DO YOU WANT TO HELP? Contact Ernie Malamud, Fundraiser Chair,

2009 Gala Celebration, August 14 - 16, 2009. of the 75th anniversary of building Clair Tappaan Lodge and the 85th anniversary of building Hutchinson Lodge.

2008 Fundraiser August 15 - 17, 2008. This, as with our First fundraiser, was a Full Moon weekend.

2007 Fundraiser August 10 - 12, 2007. The theme featured the "Perseid Meteor Shower." The event, organized by Co-Chairs Olivia Diaz, 530-470-8303 and Trudy Roegner, 530-265-5868 was a huge success. Over $20,000 was raised to support lodge operations. The lodge (and overflow at Hutchinson) was FULL and a few were turned away. So make your plans early for the 4th Annual CTL Fundraiser. (see above)

2006 Fundraiser. August 11-13. The tradition continued and $13,000 was raised. The theme was "Starry Night Weekend." Participants enjoyed a star show organized by Alan Stahler and Paul Guttman.

2005 Fundraiser. August 19-21. This was the first of what has become a Clair Tappaan Lodge tradition: a fun-filled weekend with theme hikes, movies, a giant silent auction, a wine & cheese reception, stories around the campfire and more. The 2005 event theme was "Full Moon Weekend" and included a full-moon hike. Approximately $12,000 was raised to support the lodge and is included in the total of the 2004-5 campaign described below.

Lodge meets 2004-2005 fundraising goal
Clair Tappaan Lodge (CTL), the Sierra Club's much-beloved rustic lodge near Donner Summit, has raised over $100,000 and its Executive Committee is turning its attention to increasing occupancy levels.

To attract additional visitors, the Clair Tappaan Lodge Committee efforts are focused on turning a "ski lodge" into a "year round lodge" with emphasis on the many education opportunities offered by the Donner Summit region. To achieve our goals substantial volunteer help is needed. The committee is working to increase the number of volunteer-led activities at the Lodge, such as hikes, stargazing, wine-tasting, bird watching, biology, history and botany, both on weekends and during the week.

The Lodge has made its facilities attractive for meetings and retreats for Sierra Club entities, music groups, church groups, scouts, and school groups. The Lodge has a nice projector (for power point presentations or slide shows) and there are several comfortable spaces for breakout sessions.

Our ability to provide meals and classroom spaces makes the Lodge attractive, and it is an especially appropriate spot for studying several science and history subjects in the California State Curriculum Standards.

What you can do to assure the future of CTL

Come visit! If you've never been to Clair Tappaan, you don't know what you've been missing. If you've never used snowshoes rent a pair there and learn. For winter weekends, make your reservations early; the Lodge tends to fill up. Consider visiting during the week in winter; you avoid the traffic, and you get a discount on your stay as well. For information about staying at the Lodge, visit or call 530-426-3632.

Volunteer to keep the Lodge going. There are jobs with all levels of time commitment, especially for activity leaders and for enthusiastic volunteers to help contact groups that might like to stay at the Lodge. To volunteer, contact the Clair Tappaan Lodge Committee Chair Diane Boyer.

Beautiful CTL

CTL, the Sierra Club's flagship lodge, is located only a few miles from Donner Summit on historic route 40. The Lodge is a base for year-round recreation, and offers a variety of programs that support sustainable practices and the Sierra Club's mission to "explore, enjoy and protect the wild places of the Earth." In winter you can cross-country ski right out the back door or downhill ski at nearby resorts.

The Lodge, its nearby backcountry huts, the beautiful surrounding mountains, the warm friendly ambiance of the Lodge embody the spirit of the Sierra Club: care for the environment, love of the outdoors and outdoor recreation. People who share the same values meet and make new friends around the fireplace. CTL is often the first place where people are introduced to the Sierra Club. You get all this and three great meals a day for a very reasonable price. The cost is low so families can teach their children to love the outdoors.

In summer and fall, there's great hiking, photography, bird watching and wildflowers within a few miles. A network of nearby trails offers miles of hiking and provides access to fishing streams, remote meadows and peaks, and crystal clear lakes. The Pacific Crest Trail is only a mile away. The Donner Pass area is great for both road and mountain biking and is also widely known as a rock climbers' mecca.

Historic CTL stands in contrast to the standard slick ski resort. The living room, dining room, and library retain the congenial and cooperative spirit of the volunteers who built the Lodge in 1934. You meet people from Northern California and around the world who share your values for enjoying and protecting the outdoors.

Use the Lodge often, volunteer your skills to help the Lodge, talk it up among friends and groups and help preserve this Sierra Club jewel.

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