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Lodges and Huts

Ludlow Hut

Ludlow Hut

Ludlow Hut is six miles west of Lake Tahoe on the northern edge of Desolation Wilderness. It was built in 1955 by friends and family as a memorial to Bill Ludlow, who lost his life at the age of 23 while serving with the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War.

The hut has a main room with a wood-burning stove, tables, and a kitchen area. An upstairs sleeping loft accommodates 15. A two-story outhouse is 100' southeast of the cabin.

Overnight parking is possible in a residential area at the traditional McKinney Creek trailhead, but hut users should make sure vehicles are well behind snow stakes. The traditional route follows the summer road along McKinney Greek to Miller Lake, to Richardson Lakes, and the hut at 7,400'. Better parking is available at Sugar Pine Point State Park about two miles farther south (for a fee), but this adds mileage to the ski/snowshoe trip and leaves the traveler in a deep, forested canyon for most of the route. The USGS topo map is in the Homewood 7-1/2' quadrangle.

There are good ski practice areas along the shore of Richardson Lake and in Miller Meadows. Possible days trips are to Sourdough Hill (west) and Lost Corner (south).

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