Sustain Clair Tappaan Lodge
Sponsored by the Mother Lode Chapter of the Sierra Club

Star Cluster from August 11 - 13, 2006 -- Fundraiser
Starry Nights Weekend
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Still being finalized.
Watch this space for details!

Fri. Evening,  August 11

  • 6 pm Dinner
  • 7:30 Mixer with  s’mores and brandy.  
  • 8:30  Clair Tappaan Lodge Report by Ernie
  • 9 pm Movie:  Monumental, David Brower's Fight for Wild America (popcorn!)
  • Backyard Campfire

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  • Saturday,  August 12

7:30  Lunch preparation
8 am  Breakfast

9 am Hikes begin
Geology Hike
Birding Hike
History Hike
Mountain Bike Trip

3 - 5 pm.  Wine and Cheese Reception and
Silent Auction
Children's Activities

6 pm Dinner

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  • Story sharing around the campfire
  • s'mores!
  • Dining Room  7:30 - Clair Tappaan slide and videos by Peter
  • Dining Room and then outdoors.  8:15.   "Climate and the Stars" by Alan Stahler

Sunday, August 13

  • 8 am Breakfast

  • 9 am Hikes begin
    Flora Lake Hike
    Andesite Peak Hike
    Wildflower Hike
  • 1 pm  Early afternoon Barbecue

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Information about Sunday hikes and hike leaders

Wildflower Hike: Karen Wiese, author of Sierra Nevada Wildflowers, has been guiding natural history hikes for over 20 years. Brimming with enthusiasm, Karen will teach how to identify flowers, scrubs and trees of the area, as well as the Native American uses of the plants. Karen works for the Tahoe National Forest.   This will be an easy hike to the Castle Peak Trail.  Co-leader Don McBride.

Lake Flora Hike: Peter Lehmkuhl, CTL General Manager. will lead an outing to this secluded, granite rimmed gem of a lake, perfect for swimming or wading. The hike begins right outside the backdoor of Clair Tappaan, has approximately 600 feet of elevation gain and is 5 miles round trip.

Andesite Peak Hike:  Led by Claudia Hilligoss.  The summit is reached from Castle Pass.This peak climb will be led CTL's Volunteer Coordinator.  The hike climbs approximately 1000 feet over 2.5 miles and tops out on Andesite Peak at 8,219 feet. From the top of Andesite Peak there are outstanding views of Basin Peak, Round Valley, Castle Peak and the proposed Castle Peak Wilderness area.


Cost for the entire weekend including food and lodging Friday and Saturday nights $200 ($60 for children 4-13.)

Saturday-Sunday (with one night stay): $150

If you choose to come only for the Saturday events cost is $75 (children $25.)

And for only the Sunday events the cost is $30 (children $10.)

Please contact Peter Lemkuhl, CTL Manager, to make your reservation and choose the events you want to participate in (for head counts for the leaders.)

Phone Peter at 530-426-3632 or 800-679-6775 or email:

Information about Saturday hikes and hike leaders

Geology Hike: Sterling Warr-Pryor, retired geologist and former Sierra College instructor, will lead a hike designed to show participants our Sierra Nevada's place in the grand picture of global plate tectonics. Evidence of volcanism, magma sources and great variety in rock formations can all be seen in the old Donner Pass area close to the Lodge. Jean Shannon, Attorney, Nurse, and former Outings Chair for the Sierra Nevada Group is co-leader.  Mt. Judah loop, 1200-ft elevation change, 6 miles round trip.

Birding Hike: Don Rivenes, Sierra Foothills Audubon Society Conservation Chair and field trip leader, will lead a hike to find high Sierra birds around several scenic lakes nearby the Lodge. Hiking could be up to 4 miles with some elevation gain - swimming is a happy possibility. Carolyn Hinshaw, former Sierra Nevada Group Chair is the co-leader.

History Hike: co-leaders Phil Sexton (Big Bend Ranger Station, Tahoe National Forest) and Claudia Hilligoss (CTL's Volunteer Coordinator and a National Outings Leader). This will be an easy one mile hike with 400 ft elevation change to Donner pass.  Petroglyphs!

Bike Trip: Glenn Polochko has been leading hikes, bike trips, snowshoe and X-country ski trips, and backpacking trips for ten years.  The ride will be 19 miles (round trip) to the Rainbow Lodge for Coffee with about 1000-ft elevation gain.

revised August 9, 2006