Benson Hut, North Lake Tahoe, California
This hut is one of the four Sierra Club huts in the area managed by Clair Tappaan Lodge. Benson Hut lies at 8,300 feet just below Anderson Peak, with unrivaled views of Lake Tahoe and much of the Sierra. Built 65 years ago by the Sierra Club, the hut offers some of the best backcountry ski access in the area and can be linked with Bradley hut—also owned by the Sierra Club—for a two-night, three-day epic excursion.
Access to Benson is 5.5 miles with a 1,800-foot climb. In the winter the route is icy and laden with dangerous cornices, so it’s advised that only experience winter travelers attempt it. Up to 12 people can stay at one time for only $25 per person per night.
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