About: Robbs Hut is a retired Forest Service Lookout, converted as a bunkhouse mountain hut for year-round personal recreational use. Lookout towers such as Robbs Peak Lookout have been used by the Forest Service for many years to spot forest fires. The present facility was constructed in 1934, and was an active lookout every summer until 1978. It staffed one person from late June until early September. Searching for fires from huts like this one were an all-day and sometimes an all-night- seven-day-a-week job.
The Hut is equipped with a gas fireplace for heat, propane lights, kitchen range with oven, three sleeping platforms (3/4 width), mattresses, 4 wool blankets, shovel, bucket, and cleaning supplies. The kitchen has basic utensils and cooking pots. The stove and permanently-mounted propane lights are served by piped-in propane. There is no water, electricity, or garbage service. The nearest telephone is 13 miles away.
Maximum of 6 people, family camping only. This is not for group camping. For current conditions, call the Pacific Ranger District at 530-647-5420.
Directions: Highway 50, 21 miles east of Placerville, turn left on Ice House Road and go 23 miles north to the Robbs Hut Road turnoff. Look for small sign and turn left on dirt road. In winter, park here and ski/hike 3 miles along road to hut. In summer, use combination to access both gates and drive up. FOLLOW BLUE ARROWS. Pick up permit and gate/hut combination from the Pacific Ranger Station. (530-644-2349)
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Robbs Mountain Hut was the first USFS public rental in California. It is a gem! Group size limit is 6 but that would be crowded. Four would be okay but two is just right. There are three wide bunks to lay your sleeping bags on. The 360° view is incredible. In clear weather we have seen Mt. Diablo, the Sutter Buttes, and Mount Lassen.