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Lodges and Huts

Benson Cabin Completed

The Benson Cabin, named for ardent skier and Club member John P. Benson Jr., who was killed in action in Italy, has been completed and is now ready for occupancy after about 700 man (and woman) days of arduous labor during the past three summers by over 150 friends and members of the Sierra Club. Since the location of the cabin -- at 8,350 feet elevation on the north slope of Mount Anderson (8,687 feet), five miles from Norden and over three miles from the Gold Creek roadhead -- has made the progress of the construction slow and the problem of supplying the construction materials difficult, the success of the building program is due to the industry and perseverance of these people.

The cabin should be an attraction as an overnight stop either on a loop trip from Donner Summit or while en route to Squaw Valley, just six miles farther south. In addition the slopes adjacent to the cabin provide several good ski runs, albeit without a chairlift. The skier's route from the Sugar Bowl is over the east shoulder of Mount Lincoln and along the ridge which extends to the south, a distance of four miles, a skiing time of two to four hours depending upon the snow conditions and one's speed for a total ascent of approximately 1,700 feet.

The cabin provides bunks for twelve people, cooking stove and utensils, heating stove, indoor toilet, and a moderate supply of wood; however, no large stock of food is available other than emergency rations. The door and a second floor window for deep snow conditions have been left unlocked and the use of the facilities of the cabin is cordial1y extended to non-members. No fee is to be charged; however, any large group intending to use the cabin should check with the manager at Clair Tappaan Lodge to avoid conflict and overcrowding.

Benson Cabin Committee


Before the snow fell. The Benson Cabin as it looked just before the finishing touches were put on it.

The principals. (Left to right) Lewis Clark, President; Alan Stiles, Chairman, Benson Cabin Committee; Einar Nilsson, Chairman, Winter Sports Committee; Richard Burnley, Chairman, Lodge Committee. Their work, and that of scores of volunteers, has kept the winter-sports program moving.

The Benson Cabin from the north, with Mount Anderson in the background.

The last shingles go on.

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