General Creek Trail
A 4.5 mile loop with 300-foot elevation gain. To Lily Pond is 6.5 miles round trip with 500-foot gain, to Duck Lake is 14 miles round trip and to Lost Lake is 14.5 miles with 1,300-foot gain
While the state park has about two miles of lakefront, most of the park— and the best hiking—is inland along General Creek. Trails lead along the creek through a forested valley to the state park boundary, then into the El Dorado National Forest. Long-distance hikers can gain access to the northerly part of the Desolation Wilderness, as well as intersect the Paciﬁc Crest Trail and other paths leading into the High Sierra backcountry west of Lake Tahoe.
Directions to trailhead: Once inside the park, rangers recommend that hikers park in the campground overﬂow lot near the entrance to General Creek Campground. Follow the single track trail along the outer edge of the campground for 1/2 mile before it intersects with the main General Creek loop. Interpretive directional signage is along the trail to enhance your experience.
Summer Interpretive Activities
A wide variety of interpretive activities are scheduled during the summer months. Programs include campfire programs, nature hikes and Jr Ranger programs. Self guided activities are also available at the park.
Hellman-Ehrman Mansion Tours
Also known as Pine Lodge, the mansion is a gorgeous summer home built in 1903 in a grove of various pines and cedar. Tours are held daily during the summer. Click here for more information.
The Sugar Pine Point State Park Visitor Center, located inside the Nature Center, is your one stop shop for maps, books and gifts. We also offer small treats, water and ice cream daily from 10am-4pm, starting Memorial Day weekend through September 30. Tour tickets can be purchased here on a first come, first serve basis.
Sugar Pine Point Nature Center
When you’re at Ed Z’berg – Sugar Pine Point State Park, be sure to stop at the Nature Center located in the day use area by the Ehrman Mansion. There is an excellent bird display, where visitors can view several species of bird life that occur in the Tahoe Basin. In addition to birds, visitors can see most of the mammals and the four major game fish that occur here. Other exhibits include: Biology, Lake Ecology, Wildflowers, Trees, and a “Touchy-feely” table for the kids (adults also!).
Living History Day – July
Each year, during the last Saturday in July, the park comes alive for our annual Living History Day event. Featuring open houses of the buildings, food vendors, live music, historic cars, a raffle and silent auction and a children’s activity zone – this a a great day for the entire family! Visit the event website: LakeTahoeLivingHistory.com.
West Shore Winter Wonderland
Winter visitors to the park will find over 20 kilometers of marked cross-country ski trails and a heated restroom in the General Creek campground. The newly re-established Olympic Biathlon Trail allows visitors to ski the historic trail from the 1960 Olympics! Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
The trails typically open in December or when snow conditions allow, and are open everyday. These trails are FREE, but parking fees do apply.
Snowshoers and hikers, please do not walk in the ski tracks. Always be prepared for changing weather conditions. No dogs on snow trails.
Grooming Schedule: Mondays & Fridays. The groomed Blue, Red, and Green cross country ski trails are made possible ONLY through a grant from the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Become a member today and keep the snow trails open!
Download the Ski Trail Map
Full Moon Snowshoe Tours
Join State Park Interpreters for moonlit adventures around the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion and along Lake Tahoe’s magical West Shore. Few experiences compare to snowshoeing under the light of a full moon along the snow covered Tahoe shoreline! Rentals are available.
Check our events calendar for dates and details. Space is limited, and a reservation is recommended
Self-Guided Snow Trail Tours
Follow the path of the Nordic events of the 1960 Winter Olympics that occurred in, what is now, Sugar Pine Point State Park. You will be greeted at the park entrance by the Tower of Nations, which is a replica of signage that greeted visitors to the Olympics in 1960. Starting at the Blue Trailhead, you will come across a series of interpretive panels that share our Olympic and Nordic skiing history found at the park. Free snow tail maps are available at the park entrance stations.