Activities at Alpine Lodge
San Francisco Bay Area
Alpine Lodge is located above Muir Woods on the south slope of Mt. Tamalpais. It features a cozy living room with rustic stone fireplace, well-equipped kitchen, spacious dining porch overlooking a big sun deck, and large social hall with gas-lit fireplace and hardwood dance floor. A wheelchair accessible restroom is centrally located. The upstairs sleeps 18 people in two private and four semi-private rooms. There is a co-ed bathroom with two showers, two toilet rooms, and a two-sink vanity. The Tamalpais building, located down a short garden pathway, has five rooms on two levels, sleeps a total of 13 people, and has two shared bathrooms.
The lodge is available to members and associate members for day and overnight use. Scheduled events and accommodations preempt individual member use. Each person needs to bring a sleeping bag or sheets, pillowcase, towel, and toiletries. Revenue from lodging and events provide funds for property maintenance and improvements.
Sunday Open House at Alpine Lodge
In the CAC tradition, Alpine Lodge is hosted by gracious Innkeepers every Sunday from 9am-3pm, and is open to members and visitors alike. Light refreshments are available for a nominal fee, and a tour of the lodge can be requested. Members, check the Calendar, the current issue of Trails, or see the Sunday Innkeeper Schedule. Contact Jana Shober for more information.
Guided Sunday Hikes
California Alpine Club hikes every Sunday, starting from Alpine Lodge. Leaders and times are listed in the Sunday Sunday Hike Leader Schedule Hikes can be 6 to 10 miles. Contact the scheduled hike leader or Jennie Bruyn (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. Carry water, lunch, and wear good hiking shoes. Rain cancels the hikes.
Visit West Marin Stagecoach website or call 415-526-3236. Golden Gate Transit bus service, phone, 415-923-2000, may be available on weekends and holidays during spring, summer, and fall.
Reservations for Alpine Lodge Events
Members, please check our CAC newsletter, TRAILS, for scheduled Alpine Lodge events. Contact the host and mail your check as instructed.
Host Training is required for private member accommodations, scheduled day use, and spontaneous overnights. Spontaneous overnights allow host-trained members informal use of the lodge 10 days in advance. Exclusive use is not likely Friday-Sunday.
Floor Plan and Pictures of Accommodations
Alpine Lodge Accommodation Fees
• Members, $21 per person
• Non-Member/Guest, $31 per person
• Associate Members, $21 per person + $10 Associate Member dues
• Children age 12-17, $21 per person
• Children age 4-11, $10.50 per person
• Children under age 4, no charge
Prospective members enroll as Associate Members and pay the $10 a day dues to participate in Club events where they might find two members to “sponsor” their enrollment and sign their Membership Application. Associate Member’s $10 a day dues may be credited toward CAC membership entry fee, if incurred within one year of applicant submission.
Day Use for Scheduled Events
• Member and Children (1-19 persons): $3 per person
• Member and Children (20+ persons): $50 base fee, plus $3 per person
• Non-Member: $100 base fee, plus $6 per person
• Children under age 4: no charge
NOTE: Rates may change during the year. Please check for the latest published rate information in the Club’s Quick Reference Guide, available in the members section of our website.
Alpine Lodge Cancellation Policy
There will be no refund if a cancellation is made fewer than three days prior to a hosted event because the host will have made commitments for food purchases. Spontaneous events may be cancelled.
Overnight and Longer Stays
You must notify your host if you need to cancel. Refund policy is as follows:
• Four weeks or more prior to host-period: host will refund your fee minus a charge of $5 per person.
• Four weeks to one week prior to host-period: host will refund your fee minus a charge of $5 per person, per day.
• Within one week prior to host-period: your fee will not be refunded because the host will have lost the opportunity to fill your space and food supplies will have been purchased.
Enjoy an overnight stay for a relaxed weekend of hiking at the Alpine Lodge—or just come for dinner on Saturday. Members, please check TRAILS or the Calendar for schedule, price of dinner, and host information. Check-in is 4pm Saturday with Happy Hour at 4:30pm. BYOB and an appetizer to share. A simple dinner and dessert is served around 6pm. Lodge rates: dinner, overnight, and a hot breakfast served Sunday morning—all for about $40. For reservations, please email (preferred) or call the host by the Wednesday preceding Hikers’ Weekend.
Monthly work parties are held from 9am-3pm on Saturdays. Lunch is provided. We depend on our members and applicants for membership to help keep the Alpine Lodge buildings in good repair and looking attractive. Please check TRAILS or the website CALENDAR and sign-up with the coordinator. Weekday work parties or self-lead work parties may be scheduled as needed with Alpine Trustees.
Host Training is required of event hosts, members who want to use the lodge for private events, spontaneous overnights, and scheduled day-use. Host Training is offered twice a year in the spring and fall.
The Alpine Host Training Manual is updated continually. A hardcopy of the manual is available from the Alpine Trustees for $6. This manual contains useful information such as event preparation guidelines, bedroom floor plans, billing and host report forms, instructions for operation of appliances and facility systems, safety instructions and much more. Suggestions for manual updates are always appreciated.