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Lodges and Huts

Benson Hut

Benson Hut

Benson Hut is six miles south of Donner Pass Road and about three miles south of Mt. Lincoln and the Sugar Bowl ski resort. It was built in 1947-49 by friends and members of the Sierra Club as a memorial to John P. Benson, Jr., who was killed in action in Italy during World War II.

The main room on the ground floor has a wood-burning stove, table, and kitchen area; six fold-down bunks can be used when the main room is not too congested. Side rooms hold firewood (west) and maintenance supplies (east). The upstairs sleeping loft can accommodate a dozen people (total overnight hut capacity is taken to be 12 to prevent overcrowding). A two-story outhouse is 100' west of the cabin.

Overnight parking may be negotiated with Clair Tappaan Lodge or Sugar Bowl, which sometimes offers one-way lift tickets to ease the start. Otherwise, there is about 1,500' of climbing to reach Mt. Lincoln along the (snow-covered) Pacific Crest Trail. Expect bare ground and/or ice between Mt. Lincoln and the hut, as storm winds typically strip the exposed ridge and leave little for skis or snowshoes. Beware of cornices on the east side of the ridge.

The hut is nestled under the north face of Anderson Peak at 8,350' (see Norden USGS 7-1/2' topo map) and has extraordinary views to the east, north, and west. However, slopes are steep, avalanches can occur, and weather (when it worsens) can be very dangerous.


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