Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.
Another attraction is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe.
Shady lawns gently slope to the shoreline, providing perfect picnic sites. A pier and miles of beachfront offer swimming and fishing. The Ehrmans’ tennis court is open to the public first-come, first-served. Boats can briefly tie up at the pier to visit the park. In Pine Lodge’s two boathouses, you can see original boats that helped launch early Lake Tahoe boating competitions — from racing regattas to rowing — that continue today. Trails
Lakefront Interpretive Trail — Starting at the North Boathouse and following the shoreline to the South Boathouse, this flat, paved trail is a quarter-mile long.
Rod Beaudry Trail — Beginning east of the Nature Center and the park office (Carriage House) and leading through the forest, this paved trail is 1/2 mile long. Interpretive markers along the way describe the area and its history. The trail ends at the parking lot across Highway 89.
Dolder Nature Trail — To reach this 11/2-
mile loop trail, start on the paved Rod Beaudry Trail. The Dolder Trail begins at approximately 1/4 mile and is the first dirt path to the right. The trail leads through mixed forest and circles the Edwin L. Z’Berg Natural Preserve. Along the way it passes the world’s highest — in elevation — operating maritime navigational light, and gives excellent views of the lake.
General Creek Trail — This dirt trail is a 6 ½-mile loop. The three entrances to this trail are:
• The campfire center in the campground
• Between campsites 147 and 149
• From the Rod Beaudry Trail, cross Hwy. 89 into the campground. The trail follows the General Creek watershed.
Lily Pond Trail — Starting between campsites 147 and 149, follow the unpaved North Fire Road. Stay to the right and do not cross General Creek. When the main road turns into a trail, follow the signs to the right four miles to Lily Pond. The Lily Pond branch can be used to access Desolation Wilderness or Lost Lake on U.S. Forest Service (USFS) lands. Hikers to these farther destinations must obtain USFS wilderness permits and should equip themselves with more specific maps before starting out.
The paved West Shore Bike Trail begins in Truckee, with bike lanes paralleling Highway 89 and continuing south to Squaw Valley, Tahoe City and Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point
State Park. The map indicates park trails that permit mountain bikes. Please stay on designated riding trails.
The park grooms three crosscountry ski trails and offers ski and snowshoe tours during the winter.
Swimming and Boating
Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park’s beach and pier are open to swimmers. Nearby marinas provide boat launching, mooring and rentals. Due to space limitations, boats may not be beached or moored overnight at the park. A boat camp is available at Emerald Bay State Park.
The campground has 175 sites and is open throughout the year, conditions permitting. During the winter months, the entry road and parking spaces are cleared of snow. No showers are available in winter.
En route Campsites
RV Dump Station
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
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