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Attention: All recreation sites on the Pacific Ranger District are closed until further notice due to the King Fire. A Forest Order (#03-14-108) has been issued closing the Pacific and Georgetown Ranger Districts of the Eldorado National Forest to public use for duration of the King Fire to ensure public safety.
LOON LAKE CHALET, CA
part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open year round. Season Dates
OverviewLoon Lake Chalet is situated next to Loon Lake in a granite bowl, and offers year-round, drive-to access for excellent backcountry skiing and hiking. The three-story chalet boasts excellent views of the Sierras and the lake. Though the chalet looks fancy, guests should not not expect hotel luxuries, but rather a semi-rustic experience.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District built the chalet in 1989, originally intended as a day-use winter facility. Due to public demand, the second floor warming room was made available for overnight rental, and a third floor was soon added. The facility is still open for day-use on winter weekends and holidays, so overnight guests should expect to share the ground floor with day-use visitors. A ranger in residence sleeps in the patrol room on the ground floor.
The chalet is nestled in the forest on the western edge of Loon Lake at an elevation of 6,348 feet. The lake spans 76,200 acres. Sub-alpine red fir and lodgepole forests, granite bowls and a spectacular view of the Crystal Range of the Sierra Nevada Mountains characterize the area.
Popular summer activities include hiking, backpacking in Desolation Wilderness, fishing, mountain biking, horseback riding and off-road driving on the 22-mile Rubicon 4WD Trail. Anglers delight in rainbow and brown trout, while boaters head out for thrilling water skiing on Loon Lake.
The chalet has three levels and can accommodate up to 20 guests. It features a large deck off the second floor with a wide stairway accessing the parking area. Vault toilets are attached to the building but are accessed from outside. The bottom floor is the ski patrol room, the second floor is the warming room and the third floor is the sleeping loft.
The nearest general store is an hour away at Ice House Reservoir. In winter, the nearest town with a general store is about two hours away in Pollock Pines.
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Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
Take Highway 50 east of Placerville for 21 miles to Icehouse Road turnoff. Turn left and go 25 miles north to a fork in the road. Take the right fork 6 miles. Pass the Loon Lake Campground turn-off, then go 3/4 of a mile to the chalet.
Mailing Address:LOON LAKE CHALET
7887 HWY 50
POLLOCK PINES CA 95726
Phone Number:Information: (530)644-2349