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ROBBS HUT, CA

part ofEldorado National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: ROBBS HUT
Status: Open year round.   Season Dates
 

Overview

Robbs Hut offers a peaceful, rustic getaway with phenomenal views of the Sierra Nevada. The cozy, yet minimalistic cabin is open year-round and can be accessed by car in warmer months. From mid-June to November, guests can expect to hike, snowshoe or ski up a 3-mile trail with a 1,000-foot elevation gain to reach the hut. This trail runs along Robbs Road from Ice House Road.

Originally a sleeping quarters for rangers of the adjacent Forest Service lookout from 1934 to 1978, the hut makes an ideal recreation spot with mountain biking and off-road vehicle trails nearby. The lookout is open to the public for day use.

Natural Features:

Perched atop Robbs Peak at an elevation of 6,686 feet, the hut boasts panoramic views of the Crystal Range in the Desolation Wilderness and the Sacramento Valley. The peak is part of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Eldorado National Forest and sits in a clearing surrounded by Jeffrey and Ponderosa pine.

Recreation:

Mountain biking, hiking and cross country skiing are popular activities for visitors. Access by skis to the cabin is recommended for intermediate to advanced skiers.

Facilities:

The hut is equipped with propane lights, heat and a cookstove. The stove and permanently-mounted propane lights are served by piped-in propane. Other amenities include three sleeping platforms (3/4 inch width), mattresses, four wool blankets, a shovel, bucket and cleaning supplies. Outside on the stone deck by the lookout are a charcoal grill, campfire ring, picnic table and vault toilet building.

No water, electricity or garbage service are available. Guests must bring their own supply of water and garbage bags. Additional items to bring include food, cooking utensils and pots, sleeping bags, toilet paper, first aid supplies, matches and a flashlight. Click here for more cabin details.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearest phone a pay phone at the Crystal Basin Information Station on Ice House Road, 13 miles southwest of the hut. This station is open in summer only.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Campfire Rings
  • Cooking Pots
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Grills
  • Propane Lights
  • Propane Stove
  • Vault Toilets
Less Than 1 Mile
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Off-Road Vehicle Trails
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
Know Before You Go
  • Renters must contact the Pacific Ranger District at (530) 644-2349 to arrange for permit, access, check-in and current conditions at least 7 days prior to arrival
  • Bring water
  • No pets allowed in building
  • Winter access is not guaranteed as weather is unpredictable
  • This is a "pack it in, pack it out" facility; please bring garbage bags
  • The nearest phone is 13 miles southwest at the Crystal Basin Info Station
  • Bears frequent the area; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside your vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • For current weather conditions and fire restriction status, click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit firewood.ca.gov.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
38.92361, -120.40417
38°55'25"N, 120°24'15"W

From Placerville, drive 21 miles east on Highway 50, turn left on Ice House Road and go 23 miles north to the Robbs Hut Road turnoff. Look for small sign and turn left on dirt road. In winter, park here and ski or hike 3 miles along the road to the hut. In summer, use combination to access both gates and drive up. Follow blue arrows to the hut.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

ROBBS HUT
7887 HWY 50
POLLOCK PINES CA 95726

Phone Number:

Information: (530)644-2349
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