The largest of the state parks at Lake Tahoe, Sugar Pine Point is 2,000 acres of dense sugar pine, fir, aspen and juniper forests set behind nearly two miles of lake frontage. This is the only Tahoe-area park where camping in the snow is part of the lake’s winter experience. Located ten miles south of Tahoe City on the west side of Lake Tahoe, the park’s acreage extends three-and-a-half miles into the U.S. Forest Service’s Desolation Wilderness Area. The park’s showpiece is the elegant but rustic 11,000 square foot Pine Lodge – also called the Ehrman Mansion. It is a fine example of the grand turn-of-the-century summer homes of the well-to-do who flocked to Lake Tahoe in the early 1900s to escape their bustling city lives. Here, they could reconnect, if only temporarily, to the serenity and recreation of the outdoors. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. Dogs must be on a leash. They are permitted in the developed areas and on paved roads and trails, but not on natural-surfaced park trails.
This tour was really cool, especially heading it straight from the ranger in charge of the park. I learned a lot about the Hellman family and the estate, and the views across the lake form the beach were great.
I didn't take the tour of the interior, but I heard that is pretty great.