Loon 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. Overnight guests are required to move all personnel belongings up to the third floor and clean kitchen/living area before 10:00 a.m. on winter weekends and holidays. This is part of the rental agreement, this allows public access of the common area (2nd floor). After 3:00 p.m. the renters are allowed private use again of the chalet’s common area. Guests must contact the Pacific Ranger District at (530) 647-5415 to arrange for permit, access, check-in and to learn about current conditions Bring tire chains in winter; roads are not plowed on weekends and holidays Winter conditions can occur from September through June and may provide visitors with challenging weather, affecting access and amenities In winter, this is a “pack it in, pack it out” facility. There is no trash service, so please bring garbage bags and remove all trash from Loon Lake Chalet before departing Nearest phone is 2 miles northwest at the Kyburz store. Off-road vehicles may only be used on designated trails. No pets allowed in building. 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. Please be advised that permit and key to the Loon Lake Chalet will not be issued on the check in day of your reservation before 1 p.m. local time at the Pacific Ranger District. Arrangements should be made with visitor services personnel if an after-hours pick up is needed. Please call the Pacific Ranger District at (530)644-2349 for more information.
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