Deep in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains, the Vermilion Valley Resort (VVR) sits on the shores of Thomas Edison Lake, one of the largest lakes in the region. Just a short hike off the historic Pacific Crest and John Muir trails, VVR is a major resupply and layover spot for hikers who travel here from around the world to hike these internationally known trails.
Vermilion Valley Resort is one of the most remote locations one can drive to in the High Sierra. The VVR is located in the Sierra National Forest in the John Muir Wilderness. The last 27 miles of winding, often single lane mountain road adds to the allure and excitement as it is an adventure just to travel into the region by vehicle. The difficulty in reaching the VVR by vehicle has kept impact to the region at a minimum.
Edison Lake and its tributaries are a trout fisherman's paradise. Wild German Brown and Rainbow Trout are the primary fish in the lake. In a day, a flyfisherperson can hike or ride horseback into wilderness areas that have outstanding Eastern Brook and Golden Trout.
The Vermilion Valley Resort is surrounded by incredible vistas, with the Silver Divide and Graveyard Basin to the north and Recess Peak and Volcanic Knob to the south. Guests at the lodge will experience incredible scenery from almost any location on the property.
The resort itself consists of five tent cabins, yurt, four motel rooms, two 30' RV trailers, a camp store, full-service restaurant, six-room shower/bathroom building, laundry room, and hiker camping area. The resort is off the grid and electricity is supplied by generators 15 hours a day.
2015 note: California is in year four of a severe drought and Lake Thomas Edison is at historic lows. Fishing remains excellent and we are encouraging catch and release to maintain the fishery. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, star gazing and general relaxation and enjoyment of the spectacular high Sierra are not affected by the drought!