At the threshold of the John Muir Wilderness, Rock Creek Lodge offers a
unique winter back country experience for beginning and advanced cross-country or back country skiers alike. The wood stoves in our recently insulated cabins will keep you cozy morning and night. Seven cabins offer running water and bathrooms, while four cabins remain rustic, with quests using the central shower building for restroom facilities. Our fantastic hearty meals – breakfast and dinner served family style in the dining room – satisfy even the biggest mountain appetites.
While Rock Creek Canyon is known as one of the most peaceful settings in the rugged Eastern Sierra, guests must come prepared for the rigors of high-mountain winters. To make your stay at Rock Creek Lodge completely enjoyable, please remember to bring the following items:
- We ask that you leave the bottled water at home; our water comes from our 300ft artesian well filtered by the granite peaks that ring Rock Creek Canyon. Just bring your own bottle instead
- If you are staying in a rustic cabin you will need a warm sleeping bag as linens are not provided, but pillows and pillow cases are
- Towels, and toiletries. (Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
- Warm layers of clothing, including long underwear, warm hat, gloves and a hooded waterproof outer layer (pants and parka/anorak) to protect you from
snowrain and wind. (If you plan a long ski day, be sure to take the outer layer of clothing with you, even if the weather is beautiful when you leave the lodge)
- Sun protection, including a brimmed hat, sunglasses, maximum protection sunscreen and lip protector
- Your favorite snacks and lunch foods for added fuel on the trail. You can also purchase complete trail lunches at the lodge
- Trail supplies, a good-sized day pack or fanny pack, and a one-quart or larger water bottle. A minimum of two quarts of liquid per day is advised at these elevations,
more if you ski hard in the warm Sierra sun
- First aid supplies, particularly a system of moleskin, second skin, or other blister prevention/protection with adhesive tape, is highly recommended. Aspirin and any personal medications are also advised
- A flashlight or headlamp for getting around the lodge at night
We’ll keep you comfortable and well-fed. All you need are the supplies listed above, an adventurous mountain spirit, and a big smile.
Please call or email us if you have any questions about your equipment or winter conditions in Rock Creek Canyon.