Ed Z'berg Sugar Pine Point SP
The campground is OPEN for summer 2013, with 125 family sites and 10 group sites. For camping reservations, call Reserve America at 1-800-444-PARK or www.reserveamerica.com
Day Use facilities, including the historic Hellman-Ehrman Estate, picnic area, beach and pier are 3/4 mile from the campground.
Food Storage Locker Information
Black bears are currently very active at Sugar Pine! Metal bear-resistant food lockers are provided in each campsite. All food, beverages, and toiletries are required by law to be stored in provided food lockers. The inside dimensions of the food lockers 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Violators will be cited.
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.
The park is located on the west shore of Lake Tahoe, ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.
Summer temperatures range from about 75 degrees during the day to the low 40s at night, and winter temperatures average from a high of 40 to a low of 20 degrees.
Facilities - Activities
Hiking & Swimming
Many miles of hiking trails within the park and a swimming beach provide visitors with a variety of relaxing summer activities.
Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park is comprised of conifer forests in the General Creek drainage. The waters of General Creek are among the clearest waters flowing into Lake Tahoe and the stream is open to fishing from mid July to mid September.
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. Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
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. We now have a bird display, where visitors can view several species of bird life 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!).
About the area...
Lake Tahoe lay at the heart of the Washoe Indian territory, and Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park was the summer home for generations of Washoe Indians who came to these peaceful shores to hunt and fish. Evidence of their occupation can still be seen today in the form of bedrock mortars or grinding rocks just offshore from the Ehrman Mansion.
In 1860, the first permanent settler of record on Lake Tahoe's west shore built a cabin at the mouth of General Creek. This was the trapper and fisherman William "General" Phipps, and his cabin can still be seen today just north of the Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park pier. In 1884, a resort called Bellevue Hotel was constructed just north of what is now the South Boathouse, and remained a popular summer destination for Lake Tahoe visitors for nine years.
See the "Park Activites" tab at right for a schedule of all summer 2013 special events in Lake Tahoe Sector State Parks.
The beautiful grounds of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion are available for special events such as weddings, school or family reunions, and corporate dinners. The grounds have spectacular views of Lake Tahoe with the 12,000 square foot mansion serving as an elegant backdrop. Click here to download a Special Events brochure. Click here to download a wedding application. Call or email our Special Events Office for more information: 530-525-5060 or email@example.com.
Rangers lead full-moon snowshoe tours in winter on specific dates. Fees are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12 (this fee includes snowshoes which are provided by our partner, West Shore Sports). Reservations are required and may be made with West Shore Sports at 530-525-9920.
The campground is scheduled to be open through the winter months, weather and budget dependent, with 16 campsites available on a first-come, first-served basis. There are flush toilets and running water, but no showers or dump station in the winter. Winter camping rates are $25 per night and self-registration is required upon arrival. Please call 530-525-7982 or 530-525-7232 for current information.
In the winter, visitors to the park can enjoy 11 miles of cross country ski and snowshoe trails. Follow the path of the Nordic events of the 1960 Winter Olympics that occurred in what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park. 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. Free snow trail maps are available at the park entrance stations or by clicking the "Maps/Brochures" link on the right.
The Blue and Red cross country ski trails on the Campground side of the park (west of Hwy 89) are scheduled to be machine-groomed every Monday and Friday, conditions permitting. The cross country ski trails on the Day Use side of the park (lake side, east of Hwy 89), including the Yellow and Orange trails, are not machine-groomed. Snowshoers and hikers, please do not walk on the ski tracks. Be prepared for changing weather conditions. No dogs are allowed on snow trails. $10 parking fee.
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Within 2 Weeks: YESUpdated: 6/18/2013 12:07 AM
Max Camper Length:
32 FeetMax Trailer Length
Hellman-Ehrman Estate Historic House Tours
May 25-September 30, 2013
Weekends: 10-3pm (on the hour)
Weekdays: May 25-June 14 and September 3-Sept 30: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Weekdays: June 15-September 2: 10am-3pm (on the hour)
Note: Private tours available, upon appointment, daily 9am and 4pm.
Children 7-17 years $8
Children 6 and under: Free
For information contact the Sierra State Parks Foundation at 530-583-9911 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Beach access is restricted to foot traffic only.