Peter Grubb Hut is located below Castle Peak in Round Valley, 3 miles north of the Castle Peak trailhead near I-80. Expect approximately 800′ of elevation gain. The route is poorly marked by orange triangles mounted obscurely in trees at[masked] yard intervals. Overnight parking is available at the California Sno-Park at the Boreal-Castle Peak exit on I-80. Park on the frontage road east of the Boreal Inn and walk back under the freeway to the trailhead. Topo map: Norden 7-1/2′ quad.
There are day trip possibilities to Paradise Valley, Basin Peak, Castle Peak, and Sand Ridge Lake. Round Valley is a good instructional and practice area for skiers. The hut is just off the Pacific Crest Trail and is a popular destination for day trippers; daytime privacy and security are minimal.
The hut has a main room with a wood-burning stove, tables, and a kitchen area. An upstairs sleeping loft accommodates 15. Side rooms hold firewood and maintenance supplies. A two-story outhouse is 75′ WNW of the hut.
As the seasons change, Clair Tappaan Lodge offers a variety of exciting opportunities for outdoor fun. Discover wildlife and wildflowers on our Nature Trail in the spring. Play volleyball, practice yoga, or roast s’mores in the summer and fall. Build a snow cave or explore the region by snowshoe or skis in the winter.
CTL Nature Trail – Learn while you explore on our 1.5 mile self-guided nature trail loop. Come by our front office for a guide or blaze your own trail.
Day Hikes – Hiking is probably the single coolest activity there is on Donner Pass. Dozens of world-class trails originate at or near the Lodge, including the world famous Pacific Crest Trail.
Backpacking – Hundreds of miles of breathtaking trails pass right through our area, providing endless options for first-time backpackers and expert trekkers alike.
Rock Climbing – Donner Summit is home to world-class climbing. Traditional, sport-climbing, and bouldering opportunities surround us in all directions and can be easily reached by foot or by car.
Mountain Biking – Beginners enjoy tours around Donner Lake and Truckee, while more advanced riders challenge themselves on trails like Hole in the Ground and Negro Canyon. Check out the Lake Tahoe Bike Map.
Cycling – You can’t beat the road biking in the Truckee-Tahoe area. No tour of the area is complete without a climb to the top of Donner Pass for sweeping views of Donner Lake and the Sierra Crest.
Kayaking – Rent a kayak and enjoy lunch on Donner Lake or drive to some of the more remote, alpine lakes in the area and have it all to yourself.
Whitewater Rafting – Take a guided tour down the Truckee or American River, led by outfitters like Tahoe Whitewater Tours, IRIE Rafting Company, and Tributary Whitewater Tours.
Swimming – There’s nothing more exhilarating than taking a dip in an alpine lake or river in the High Sierra. Dozens of swimming holes surround our Lodge, including Flora Lake and Long Lake.
Fishing – Anglers can enjoy a variety of fishing opportunities on the Summit, from fly fishing granite-lined creeks to relaxing on a dock or lake shore. Rainbows, German Browns, Lahontan Cutthroats, and Brook Trout are some of the more common species found in the area.
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