nature trips


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.

*signed well.
* it was $10.00 for me to park in the day use area to explore the biathlon trails.
*options to go to lily pond (+1.3 miles)& lost lake(+4.5 miles).
* water on the trails for the dogs.
* nice tahoe access if you cross the highway on the paved trail & see the mansion estate.
*easy, easy pleasant stroll.

Great moderate 2.5-3hr hike, the lake was full and lillies were in bloom! Be sure to go to the very end as there is a beautiful open field of flowers leading to the lake.

mountain biking
4 months ago

Easy loop trail. Wide, flat road. Watch for bears in this area.

Really nice trail. There is a paved trail that leads out to this trail that starts Sugar Pine area that you can bring leashes dogs on.

great trail!!!

11 months ago

It is late October 28, 2017.
Barker Pass to Twin Peaks Trail / 12 miles

Late autumn, late fall mountain ... The last trek in October is the Twin Peaks from the Lake Tahoe area, Barker Pass. As Lake Tahoe gets closer, hwy 80 seems to run to the winter. cold.

We drove along the Lake Tahoe side to the Home wood ski area and took the road towards the Barker pass for 20 more minutes to get to the Trailhead. If you walk over 5 miles of beautiful PCT section, you will be able to reach Twin peaks. I have a hard time getting ready for a walk with cold air in the morning sunshine. As always, the way to go is always the same ...

Ah, the PCT section passing through the Lake Tahoe Basin is so touching, so impressive every time I come. Particularly, today 's section is very well connected except for the last summit, so you can walk without much burden, and you can have a wonderful view that you can take the fatigue of the mountain by the section.

After 5 miles of overlapping PCT and TRT (Tahoe Rim Trail), it is a little less than a mile after a split into TRT at the crossroads, and a small pathway appears towards Twin peaks. Now it is full hill. The slope is not a joke. I admire the appearance of people climbing up a slope that is dizzying ... We are just climbing rocky mountains like them. The higher the altitude, the more the autumn sky the Lake Tahoe contains.

One side is a steep cliff, the other is a sharp cliff, where the two meet, and it is normal. It is possible to face a splendid view in that place, but enjoying that feeling is also a moment ... It may be the place where the desperation that the time of staying is too short maybe for us who have to go down. It was. I thought why I should not stay any longer. As soon as I came to the top, I was in a hurry to worry about going back. By the way, today ... Americans who have been in the tops of the world before us are taking their place for a long time after we went up and down. I was enjoying time at the top. Their appearance is not erased all the time. How precious is it? I had to go to the mountains to find a good place to stay for a while and enjoy the moment like eternity ^^

Lake Tahoe is tinted with golden light after a day when it is more meaningful to be able to hike with the sky and the stars. In the late afternoon sunshine, the maple leaves of the street trees sparkle and run on whispering paths. In the car running along the shore of the lake, music is played by the son who plays carefully. Lake says. Happiness is like this ...,

Happiness is a decision you make, not an emotion you feel!

11 months ago

Cool weather, nice weather for hiking! The trail is great, the PCT doesn't appoint us always:) Yeh, the length of trail is a little bit long... but it really worth it to get the top! At the top, there are amazing view ever. Enjoy you guys hiking before snow!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

The trail is very close to the park camping site so you can hiking there when you go camping in the park. The trail is pretty flat with shade in the summer. Good trail. I like it.

Had a great time! Trail was well marked! Loved the lily pad pond at the end.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The positives are that it's a really good walk with some really nice scenery, and a lot of the trails you walk were used for cross country skiing events during the 1960 Winter Olympics. They are nicely marked with maps and placards. The negatives are that you walk adjacent to or through the camp grounds for about half the time, and the trail shown in this app is really only about 5 miles unless you walk the farther loop about 3 times. Overall well worth the trip though.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Beautiful, easy trail loop with portions that offer Lake Tahoe shoreline access, and the entirety of the trail amongst giant pine and spruce trees. First quarter is paved, then breaks to dirt once you are deeper.

Closest shore access to the only (public) Tahoe campground that is open year-round: Sugar Pine Point Campground. Lots of paved "trails." File this place in the walking file, not hiking. Make sure to get down to the dock near the employees' housing - great views of South Lake Tahoe. The Pine Lodge and other buildings that looked of some historical significance located next to the employees' housing is open only in summer months.

Easy flat in most area, would be a great trail for kids and mountain biking

Monday, July 29, 2013

There is a 10 dollar day use fee

This is an easy and lovely trail, with access to the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. Some of the trail is patronized by mountain bikers.

This was a nice hike to take in Fall--the leaves were changing and there was a little bit of snow on the ground (enough for me to attempt to make a small snowman), but the area wasn't particularly scenic. I prefer more viewpoints and this hike didn't have many.

The lake pond was pretty empty this time of year, but I imaging it would be more full in early summer.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This is a nice little hike through the woods near the beach. There are a few openings with beach access where you can walk to the sandy beach.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

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.

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