Sugar Pine Point State Park is the True Tahoe Experience
Beautiful Sugar Pine Point State Park lies along the western, quiet shores of Lake Tahoe, about ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89. The Sugar Pine Point area has been a favorite for locals and visitors for over two hundred years.
Sugar Pine Point State Park is the only Sierra State Park that operates programs for visitors in the winter. The park offers incredible views, a historic estate, the tallest pine trees in the world, peaceful camping and cross country skiing experiences. The park boasts over 20 kilometers of marked and groomed cross-country trails. Read here for facilities and recreational activities available and offered.
This park is also home to the historic Hellman-Ehrman Mansion, also known as Pine Lodge, a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, Sugar Pine Point State Park was owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe. Take a tour to learn more about the house, family, and lifestyle.
There are two halves to the park: the campground, located on the western side of the highway, away from the lake, nestled in the pine and cedar forest, and the day-use area on the lakeshore, on the eastern side of the highway. Sugar Pine Point is one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. The park’s nearly two miles of lake frontage feature dense forests of pine, fir, aspen, and juniper. Its beautiful beaches beckon to summertime visitors and wintertime cross-country skiers and snowshoers.
For more information, visit the Cal Parks page here.