A Quick Guide to Camp’s Cabins

by SierraMerril

11 13, 2014 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 comments

As a member of the Stanford Sierra Conference Center reservations team, the most common question I hear is: “Which cabin is the best?” This is a difficult question to answer because all of our cabins have pros and cons which can be advantages or disadvantages depending on an individual’s particular needs. I’m a heavy sleeper, so noise isn’t a big issue for me, but I’m not the biggest fan of a bright room in the morning. On the other hand, I know people who would much rather spend time in a well-lit room as long as there are soundproof walls! Well-rested and happy guests make thoughtful and engaged conference participants, so let’s make sure that guests are staying in cabins that will be a good fit for them and ensure a good night’s rest!

View of the Willow and White Fir cabins from Fallen Leaf Lake

Camp’s cabins are clustered together and each cluster contains 4-6 individual two and three bedroom cabins, each with its own bathroom.

Disclaimer: Requests for cabins are always welcome! We do our best to accommodate requests, but not all cabins are used for each conference, or cabins may be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Main Lodge

We have twelve rooms in the main lodge on two different levels. Six of the twelve lodge rooms have lake views and four of those six have balconies. Rooms on the main level of the lodge are very accessible (two being ADA compliant). There is a set of stairs to get to the third floor of the lodge, where our balcony rooms are. For many conferences, lodge rooms are in high demand for individuals who appreciate being close to the meeting rooms and dining room.

Highlights: Proximity to the meeting rooms, dining room, and fresh coffee that goes out at 6am every morning! Rooms in the lodge also have the strongest wireless connection.


Disadvantages: Lodge rooms are the smallest accommodations at Camp and only six of the 12 have views of Fallen Leaf Lake. Additionally, being close to the action can sometimes mean more noise.

The Lakes Cabins: Alder, Ponderosa, and Aspen


These three cabin clusters line the main road coming into Camp. They are located on a flat road, and have varying amounts of stairs to the individual cabins. The two-bedroom cabins are on the second floor of each cluster, while the three bedroom cabins are on the first floor. Every cabin has a private deck and filtered lake views.

Highlights: Proximity to the main lodge! The walk to the lodge is flat on a well-lit and well-paved road. These cabins also have some of the largest private decks.


Disadvantages: Location on the main road into Camp. While these cabins are quiet at night, cars do drive past them during the day. These cabins are a stone’s throw from the lake, but the lake view is partially obscured by large trees.

The Hills Cabins: Lodgepole Pine, Incense Cedar, White Pine and Juniper


Cabins in the hills give guests a different perspective of Fallen Leaf Lake. Some of the lake views from the decks are filtered, but they are all from above and some are spectacular! Cars rarely drive up the road to the Hills cabins, which makes for a very peaceful night! These cabins are not far from the lodge, but are up a hill (on a paved road). These cabins have two-bedroom cabins on the second floor and three bedroom cabins on the first floor.

Highlights: Sunlight and quiet are the highlights!

A cabin in the hills area with view of Fallen Leaf Lake

Disadvantages: The hill up to these cabins can be tough for guests with mobility issues.

The Point Cabins: Jeffrey Pine and Sugar Pine, Willow and White Fir


These cabins are located at the far end of Camp near the boat dock, basketball and volleyball courts, and the Munchkin Patch (Camp’s playground). They all have views of Fallen Leaf Lake and shared decks. These cabins are closest to the lake out of any cabins.

Highlights: Lake views galore! These cabins are also close to the Munchkin Patch, camp’s playground, and have few stairs (if any).  The Willow and White Fir clusters are also closest to the parking lot, so it’s not a long trek if you’ve forgotten something in your car!

Disadvantages: These cabins are a 4-6 minute walk from the main lodge. There are many trees in this area of Camp making for more shaded porches and slightly darker rooms (but this makes them great for sleeping in!).



Still looking for more clarity on our cabins? Watch our YouTube video about lodging at Camp, or visit our website’s interactive map.


  1. Andrea says:

    Thank you for this information! It is very helpful. I did visit the camp once for a conference weekend in 2013 and this fits well with my memory and will help me make a good request on my wait list application that is due today for a summer week at the camp! Crossing my fingers that our time will come soon. Stanford Sierra Camp is so beautiful and I can’t wait for a chance for a week long visit in the summer!

  2. carol henry says:

    I would like a map of cabin locations

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