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Pear Lake Winter Hut

Pear Lake Winter Hut will open on December 15, 2023, and close on April 21, 2024. There is a total of 10 beds available. Each bed is $70 per night. Thank you to those who have successfully booked their stay with the Pear Lake Winter Hut. We appreciate your patience and look forward to accommodating your stay.


This historic cabin is available to the public from December to April (weather, snow, and trail conditions may change closure date). The advanced-level ski/snowshoe trail offers a chance to explore the beautiful wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter months with a cozy cabin waiting for you at the end of your day. Begin your trip at 7,200 feet at Wolverton and ascend a steep six miles east to the Pear Lake area of 9,200 feet. The hut sleeps ten people and offers many amenities to lighten your load. Advance reservations are required.

​The trip to the hut is for experienced backcountry skiers under potentially dangerous winter conditions. For your safety, it is advised that you review all information provided and be prepared for your trip.

Equipment provided at the hut:

  • Ten bunks with mattresses (no bedding)
  • Wood pellet heating stove with fuel
  • Composting toilet
  • Coleman cookstoves (fuel not provided)
  • Cooking utensils, plates, mugs, and bowls
  • Caretaker

Equipment you need to bring:

  • Sleeping bag for freezing temperatures
  • Propane fuel and matches
  • Water purification equipment
  • Food
  • Clothes and personal gear


How to book:

  • Reservations will be available on this page starting Monday, November 20, at 9:00 AM PST. A “Book Now” button will appear at that time.
  • Have several alternative dates available in case your chosen dates are fully booked. The Hut will not be available on March 27, 28, or 29.
  • Be prepared. The trip to the Hut is for experienced backcountry skiers under potentially dangerous winter conditions. For your safety, it is advised that you review all information provided and be prepared for your trip.
  • Please take note of the ski in/out dates below. You will not be able to start or end your stay on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday because of the snow plow schedule. You can stay at the Hut on those days, but your stay must begin and end on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday.


Hike Level: Experienced Backcountry Skiers
Dates: December 2023 - April 2024
Price: $70 per night
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Trail Condition Updates

-Javier Colton

Another amazing week at Pear Lake. Skiers were treated to stable powder and bluebird days. Not much changed in terms of coverage. Still expect several feet of snow at Wolverton with more at the hut. Snow from the hump down varied from corn to refrozen crud. Above the hut, snow quality varied from preserved powder to corn depending on aspect. With another large storm looming, conditions will change rapidly. Please be prepared for adverse conditions.

Pear Lake Hut received 38” of mostly dense and wet snow this last week. Prior to this, a melt-freeze crust had developed on all but north aspects.  While there is likely some instability at this interface, so far only very limited point release avalanches have been observed associated with cliffy terrain.

At this time, snow coverage is exceptional on all aspects and slopes,  allowing the visitor to choose their own adventure throughout the basin. Cross-country travel is remarkably friendly, with the dense snow tending to support skis and snowshoes. Additionally, cold temperatures are preserving the powder.

The six-mile trail into the hut has been well traveled, but wind frequently hides past tracks, and visibility can be limited by snow or fog. Visitors and hutkeepers alike are frequently surprised at the time and navigation skills required to get to the hut and often arrive after dark. Be prepared for snowy winter travel conditions.

-Javier Colton

The past week of sunny weather and warm temps is making itself known on the trail. Expect low coverage and large patches of dirt for the first several miles. I was unable to ski from the hut to the parking lot continuously. However, with the incoming atmospheric river conditions may be vastly different by tomorrow morning. If the forecast delivers its predicted snow totals, expect to be breaking trail through several feet of fresh powder. The approach may take longer than usual. Give yourself plenty of time to reach the hut. Additionally, consider taking the low route from Heather Lake to the hut as this storm cycle progresses. Beyond Pear Lake and into the Tablelands coverage stayed stable, and the skiing surprisingly good. Powder stayed cold on north-facing slopes, and sun crusts were kept to a minimum on solar aspects.

-Lacey -Greene

Two storms during this last week coated the widespread breakable crust of the Pear Lake area w 10” of dense powder. This created delightful touring conditions high in the tablelands and along the marble fork above the hut. Many happy turns were made in the trees and gullies from just above Pear Lake to the hut. Off trail travel still requires vigilance as instability within the snowpack and low tide conditions persist. Flat light and dense fog occaisionally created near white out conditions. Alternately, cold temperatures turned the snowpack and fog into sparkletown. Snow to the trailhead and clear roads made for a pleasant commute.

-Javier Colton

Expect a well-packed skin track the entire way to the hut. However, due to our slow winter, the snowpack is still shallow, with plenty of early-season obstacles on or around the trail. If on skis, say a prayer for your knees before tackling the breakable crust and icy luge track back to the parking lot. Coverage beyond the hut has significantly improved over the past week, with guests enjoying powder skiing on the flanks of Winter Alta and longer tours into the Tablelands.

-Javier Colton

Winter has finally arrived at Pear Lake Winter Hut! The trail saw anywhere from 5-12 inches of snow on 1/3/24. It is now recommended that guests use snowshoes or skis to access the hut. We advise guests to continue to use the summer trail until further snowfall, and if on skis expect to hit rocks at least until the next storm. Beyond the hut lies much better coverage, especially in shaded or sheltered areas. Good skiing is to be found with a little curiosity and careful route finding. Lastly there are reports of whumpfing and poor snowpack structure across several aspects and elevations. Please understand the risks and use caution upon entering avalanche terrain.

-Lacey Greene

The trail to Pear Lake over the hump is clear and compacted snow, ice, and dirt.  The first few miles are snow-free, then mixed media, and mostly compacted snow and ice at the hut.  Traction devices are recommended.  Snowshoes and skis are not recommended for the trail but may be useful for exploratory travel above the hut.  At the hut, there is about 6 inches of dense snow.  In the tablelands at 11,000 ft, snow depth varies 2-24 inches, and snowshoes or skis are recommended.

-Javier Colton

The trail is clear and in good condition up to the intersection with the Watchtower Trail (now closed for the winter).  Expect snow cover to begin shortly thereafter, with 3-4 inches by the top of the hump.  We are in the awkward “in-between” stage for trail conditions where skis are not recommended, but you will have to walk through snow to get to the hut.  Snowshoes would be overkill.  Anticipate having wet feet due to lurking puddles.  Snow is grippy, but traction devices are still recommended.  Give yourself extra time the last several miles as walking can be slow going.

Meet Your Hut Keepers

Javier Colton

Javier is a lifelong skier from Oregon. After spending the last several winters working as a ski patroller at Mt. Bachelor, he is excited to leave the resort and help people access the backcountry. He loves finding the smoothest way to move through terrain on the downhill and the skin track. Javier has his WEMT and is pursuing his Pro 1 avalanche certification between hitches this winter. When not skiing at Pear Lake, you can probably find him skiing (somewhere other than Pear Lake) or enjoying a large tub of hummus. It’s one or the other. With hopes for another big snow year, he is excited to keep track of the snowpack and stability throughout the winter. During the off-season, he works as a Hydrologic Technician assisting with fish biology, hydrology, and air quality programs at his current forest.

Amanda Guenther 

Amanda learned how to ski in Northeast Ohio back in the day. She spends most of her time in the Sierra Nevada on foot, ski, or bicycle. She works as a wilderness ranger/EMT in the summer and volunteers on her local Search and Rescue team.

Lacey Greene

Lacey is lucky enough to call the Owens Valley home and work throughout the year in the Sierra Nevada. Lacey also performs duties as a snow surveyor in the winter and has a “secret agenda” to ski away from the Owen’s Valley, conduct a survey, staff Pear for a tour, and return home to her spouse and a warm bowl of beans. Having visited the Pear Lake Ski hut in the past, she is very excited to participate in the team of hutkeepers as a custodian for such a special place.

More Information

Road and Safety Information
For current Weather and Road Conditions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, call (559) 565-3341, and press 1.

Please keep in mind that conditions are always changing. We recommend that you visit the National Park Service website for current conditions.

Important Reminders for Registered Hut Visitors:

  • Be aware that the Generals Highway between Grant Grove (Kings Canyon) and Lodgepole (Sequoia) is not a reliable winter road. Check road conditions before you embark on your journey.
  • You must have a wilderness permit. Permits are free and can be filled out at Giant Forest Museum at any time. The registration box is outside the museum, just to the south of the front doors.
  • When considering any adventure, plan for the safety of the least experienced person in your group.
  • When in doubt, don’t go out! Let’s have a safe season everyone!

You are responsible for your safety.

Natural areas present hazards. Cold temperatures, icy or uneven ground, wild animals, biting insects, and changing weather conditions all pose dangers. Rocks roll, trees topple, and limbs drop without warning. People create other hazards with campfires, traffic, snow play, and poor decisions.

Understanding and preparing for the risks is a critical part of every trip to a National Park; visit to learn more.

Wilderness permits are required year-round for all overnight trips in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ wilderness, including the Pear Lake Winter Hut. For your own safety, you are required to fill out a free wilderness permit at the Giant Forest Museum (self-service kiosk open 24 hours) so that your travel plans are submitted to the National Park Service.

The trip to the hut is for experienced backcountry skiers and snowshoers only. It should not be attempted by beginner skiers or snowshoers. The trail is steep and includes a 2,000-foot elevation gain in six miles. A fun outing with good snow conditions can easily turn into an eight or more hour ordeal with poor weather or bad snow. Low clouds and whiteouts are common, which can make following the trail very difficult. Not everyone makes it to the hut as planned. We recommend starting out on the trail as early as possible. It is essential that survival equipment be taken. For your safety, it is advised that you review the “what to bring” checklist provided and be prepared for your trip. All equipment should be in excellent condition, and all winter backcountry users should be familiar with proper avalanche techniques. Avalanche conditions exist at all times on the trail to Pear Lake. Users are ultimately responsible for assessing the dangers and determining if they should proceed on their trip or cancel it. Hut visitors travel to the hut and use the facility at their own risk. A refund will not be issued because of a winter storm.

Please review the cancellation policy if needed.

For more information on avalanche safety, please visit:

Regarding the potential for exposure to Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS) at Pear Lake Winter Hut: Mice are native rodents in the Sierra, including the Pear Lake wilderness and Pear Lake Winter Hut. The Pear Lake Winter Hut will be cleaned according to Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines prior to opening for the season. The Sequoia Parks Conservancy will set traps and continue to use CDC cleaning procedures when rodents or rodent droppings are detected. However, the Sequoia Parks Conservancy cannot guarantee that the hut is HPS-free. Hut users are advised of the risks, and those wishing not to be exposed to the potential of HPS may choose not to register for the Winter Hut.

For more information on hantavirus safety, please visit:

*Emergency situations only. For your own safety, it is not advised to depart from or arrive at the hut on any days that are not your designated ski-in or ski-out days. We know unforeseen circumstances may require you to depart the Wolverton parking area before the road has been plowed. In this rare situation, you must use the guidelines that are provided to you when you complete your reservation.

By submitting a reservation form for the Pear Lake Winter Hut, you acknowledge and agree to the terms of the liability waiver.

There are NO REFUNDS or date changes. Refunds can only be given if the Generals Highway has been closed or the National Park Service has issued an official trail closure or advisory of no backcountry travel on your reserved ski-­in day.