Open from July through Labor Day
Daily Tours from
11:00am to 4:00pm
Park brochure http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/510/files/SugarPine_brochure.pdf
We just got back from Sugar Pine Point where we went camping. This was an excellent campground located halfway between South Lake Tahoe and Truckee in the North. While the campgrounds do not have immediate beach access, it was still a fantastic campground. Each site was huge. The ground was nice and level. Pine needles made the ground pretty comfortable to sleep on. I loved that the bear boxes were up high so we didn't have to bend down all the time to rummage for our food. The campground hosts were super nice and even drove around in the evening to ask if you needed firewood. The bathrooms were lit, but a leaky toilet made it a little messy.
Our kids had lots of space to roam freely. Because the campground was pretty level, they felt comfortable biking around the campground. As a family, we biked out to the beach too. For young kids, there is a pretty steep section of the bike path that leads to the beach that they had to push their bikes up. The beach itself was pristine. There were picnic tables and a dock that you can jump off. The beach didn't have much sand, but there were lots of round rocks that our 3 year old couldn't stop building with. Our 6 year old spent a good hour learning to skip rocks from dad. The water was pretty cold even in August, but it was comfortable enough to get about knee deep and splash around.
Beware of bears. They came to visit the campground every night. So practice all the thing that the rangers tell you. The bears are very bold here.
This is a place to spend a whole day, tour a vintage mansion, walk in the woods, swim and sunbathe, and picnic and play at the lakeside. One of the grande dames of Tahoe, a spectacular three-story, 12,000-square-foot Queen Anne–style summer home, the Ehrman Mansion, once a privately owned estate, is now owned by the National Park Service. The mansion is surrounded by sweeping lawns shaded by tall pines.
Rangers give daily free tours of the house and the charming boathouse, while they impart stories of halcyon old days on the lake. Even little kids enjoy the tour because the house is full of interesting stuff and you clamber up wooden staircases, looking into family bedrooms. After the tour wander around the grounds, spread a blanket on the beach, or take a walk on flat, easy trails along the lakeshore. Stop in at the Nature Center to see wildlife, flora, and ecology displays. A longer hike is accessible from the large campground across the road.
In the wintertime, rangers lead free ski, skating, winter survival skills, avalanche awareness, and Animals in Winter seminars. From here, you can cross-country ski or snowshoe on 14 kilometers of marked and skier-tamped trails.