Vermilion Valley Resort
Anticipated 2015 Opening Date
I have loved VVR since the first time I hiked through during 1998. Peg and Butch were real characters who made that place special.
The character of VVR changed with the new ownership, which is to be expected. What I did not expect was a change in direction that would put backpackers into a secondary position.
I distinctly have gotten the feeling that the new owners see themselves serving a more lucrative clientel than backpackers, and over the year this perspective filtered down to the employees.
During 2012 Vermilion's bad attitude alienated backpackers all Summer long. I poll all backpackers as I hike South, and especially PCT and other long distance backpackers.
A high percentage of backpackers who stopped at VVR reported a wide range of problems from lost resupply packages to being ignored, getting lousy service, and actually being insulted.
When I pulled into VVR in 2012 I had the worse time I've ever had at a backpacking resupply stop ever in my whole life...
VVR Website Resupply Instructions
On the Other Hand
Not everyone was a jerk, not every service was broken. The food was, and always is good. The cook and a couple of the staff are good folks. The old timers are, well, the old timers up on that mountain are quite unique old codgers.
The good news is that VVR is for sale, and I am hopeful that the next owners will love backpackers as much as the previous owners did.
VVR for Sale: Horay!
The current owners are best off going back to LA, where they belong.