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Sugar Pine State Park
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This park in the Lake Tahoe region has nearly two miles of lake frontage, with dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and juniper.
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Naples, FL4,465 contributions
Jun 2021
We have been visiting Southwest Florida for 40 years.
Every visit we "hike" or stroll the trail from SugarPine Parkside to SugarPine Point.
Have done the tour of the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion many times. The mansion sits atop a ridge overlooking the lake and a pier down below. It is nestled amongst many pine trees. It is a great place to have a picnic.
Highly recommended.
Written August 18, 2021
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St_Matty
Houston, TX5,083 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Very nice park with plenty of parking. Lovely scenery and lots of spaces by the lake for a picnic. Although there were quite a few people there we found it very peaceful. We actually went back there twice during our visit to lake tahoe.
Written August 22, 2023
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MysticSanta
St. George, UT123 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
This is a nice park for a walk along the water on a paved path, the views are beautiful. The Hellman mansion is also in this park, interesting history, tours in season. Includes an old log cabin built by an early settler to the area, a long pier, swimming beach, picnic tables.
Written June 12, 2020
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Toad1976
San Diego, CA43 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
We camped here 5 nights during 4th of July week and this park is definitely our top choice of places to camp at Tahoe. The sites are spacious and shady and the park is quiet with so much to do within walking distance; the lake (swimming, rental kayaks and SUP) and trails (bike and hiking). This is in contrast to Emerald Bay and DL Bliss where the sites are postage stamp sized. We also liked being on the west side and away from South Lake Tahoe. There is a small store less than 5 minutes away in Tahoma so you can get to a store without having to drive past Camp Richardson. Just measure everything you will need to put in the bear box and check the bear box size on the Cal Parks/ReserveAmerica web page. They are a little smaller than other areas (i.e. Kings Canyon) so I nearly panicked when I wasn't I would fit everything. We were so busy, we didn't tour the mansion but we will next time.
Written July 13, 2014
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Kat W
Sacramento, CA2 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
I agree with another woman a few down about the dogs being off the leash when supposed to be on the leash. My husband and I went for the day and a woman's dog was running off the leash. I have two chihuahua's and I told her "you are suppose to have your dog on a leash", she very rudely chipped back to me to "mind my own business".
It quite frankly is my business with when my dogs have been almost attacked by other dogs without provocation because the other dogs/dog is aggressive and the owners of their dogs, always THINKS their dogs won't hurt another animal. That is not the case, follow the rules and let others enjoy their experience and leash your dogs. There are plenty places your larger dogs can run free. Have respect for others. I am totally sick of this myself. It makes for a stressful visit for those that have to worry about being attacked or injured by other dogs not being controlled on a leash.
Written May 18, 2015
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Treelover63
Orange County, CA11 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
We camped in a travel trailer at the beginning of August. Of course the area is beautiful, unfortunately it's crowded in many areas of Lake Tahoe. Don't know about you, but when I head for the woods, I don't want to be in crowds. The best aspect of this area was that it was less crowded than South Lake Tahoe and their campgrounds/beaches. This campground is not on the beach, but less then a mile drive across the highway. Loved Sugar Pine beach in that it wasn't very crowded. Take your water shoes though--lots of rocks make it hard to get out in the water. Paddle boards, kayaks, bikes, sea-doos are all available to rent. Also, a bit of a walk from parking lot to the beach.
Regarding the campgrounds, it is heavily wooded---WITH VISITING BEARS. So follow the rules regarding leaving any food items around. A mother and cub came by twice, the ranger said she's a "harmless" local. The campsites are large, but strangely set up with vehicles parked right next to one another with accompanying site next to it. One of the biggest negatives for most would be very few bathrooms--and depending on your site location, kind of far. Also showers are in one location on the very edge of the park---so we had to drive to the showers. With water rationing showers may be closed a couple of days a week.
Lastly, for the most part it was a quiet park with plenty of space to roam. I do think it's popular for group campers, so noise level will probably vary.
It is important to note the drive, we came up the 89 from South Lake Tahoe----this is a terrifying drive, especially when pulling a trailer! It's a 2-lane, without guard rails in many places alongside steep drop offs! Definitely one of those roads where you just focus on the the divider lines and pray everyone else is staying within the lines! I would recommend coming in from the North--we drove around the lake going home to avoid that experience again.
Written August 22, 2014
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MH_Golfer
Morgan Hill, CA56 contributions
Sep 2011
We camped at Sugar Pine with three other families over Labor Day. The campground was very good. Our favorite activity was jumping off the pier into Lake Tahoe. Water was not as cold as we expected. The bathrooms and showers were good enough for campground standards. The only two negatives: 1. The campground was very dusty (but it is camping) and 2. The Labor Day traffic was horrible. But overall, a good experience.
Written September 15, 2011
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CHMac🎉
California174 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Nice campground.
Big campsites, felt secluded.
Bathrooms were clean and not smelly.
The only ‘con’ is that it is not near a beach, but it’s a very short drive (across the HWY)
Written July 9, 2020
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David R
Adelaide, Australia727 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
We camped for a weekend with friends and its a great place to camp. You have to look everything up in the bear box as we had bears visit both nights trying to get food. You will be fined $1000 if you dont lock up your food. You can access the trails that were used for the olympic cross country ski - it was summer time so we walked and its a good walk. Its a short drive to lake where you can relax by the lake or take a swim. There is a free nature museum at the visitor center by the lake.
Written September 28, 2018
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TravelJDKA
Denver, CO24 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This is such a great place to relax and have fun. The kids spent hours on the pier, swimming, etc. We rented some paddle boards and that was a hit too. I love the fact that the park looks the same as I remember it looking 35+ years ago.
Written August 15, 2018
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