Facilities & Activities – Sugar Pine Point State Park

Hiking

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 a 1,300-foot gain. You can view a map of the trail here.

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 and exciting variety of interpretive activities are scheduled during the summer months. Programs include campfire programs, nature hikes, and Jr. Ranger programs. If you would prefer to explore the park on your own, self-guided activities are also available. For a calendar of upcoming State Park-sponsored events, click here. For a calendar of upcoming SSPF sponsored events, click here.

Volunteer Garden Club

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is excited to announce that the Volunteer Garden Club will begin on June 16 to September 15, 2021, at Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park!

This is a recurring event that will take place every Wednesday from 9 am to 11 am. Volunteers who are enthusiastic about helping revitalize the garden areas of a culturally significant estate and enhance the park’s welcoming atmosphere are encouraged to participate.

Volunteers will help renew the garden areas of the Hellman-Ehrman estate for the purpose of retaining the cultural integrity of the period in which it gained its historic significance (1903 – 1964). Volunteers can support the maintenance of the garden areas’ appearance by planting, light weeding, debris removal, and trimming or pruning.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own gardening tools, gloves, water bottle, and mask. However, the park’s maintenance team is happy to provide gardening tools to borrow upon request. For more information, view the  Volunteer Garden Club page

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.

Visitor Center

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 10 am-4 pm, 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 birdlife 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!).

West Shore Winter Wonderland

Cross-Country Skiing and Self-Guided Snow Trails

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! 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

The trails typically open in December (when snow conditions allow) and are open every day. 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: Due to the unavailability of a grooming machine, the trails are no longer mechanically groomed.  The trails are well marked and the interpretive signage along the trail makes for an enjoyable snowshoe or freestyle nordic ski. Remember weather conditions in the Sierra can change quickly. Please be prepared and Recreate Responsibly. 

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.