Sugar Pine Point State Park Travel Guide

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Sugar Pine Point State Park Things to Do

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    by Yaqui Updated Oct 11, 2009

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    Due to its remoteness, the summer cottage they called it, it had to be able to be self-sufficient. So a ditch and flume system which ran from General Creek supplied water to the storage tower where it supplied water to the individual buildings.

    The water storage tower now serves as the Nature Center and Gift Shop. Interpretive displays, handson exhibits and a theater help to explain the region’s geology and natural history. The Nature Center’s highlight is a floor-to-ceiling diorama of native wildlife. Natural and cultural history publications, recreational guides and books are for sale. The Center and Gift Shop are open daily from June through August and onweekends in September.

    Beautiful Sugar Pine Point State Park consist of historical Ehrman Mansion, General Phipps Cabin, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, General Creek campgrounds that are open year round, picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, interpretive programs and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. Markers along trails provide the history of Tahoe and its inhabitants.

    Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking - in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE
    Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day

    The park Fee: $5/car, $3/bikers & hikers.

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    Boating is permitted at Sugar Pine Point State Park’s beach pier. 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.

    Beautiful Sugar Pine Point State Park consist of historical Ehrman Mansion, General Phipps Cabin, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, General Creek campgrounds that are open year round, picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, interpretive programs and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. Markers along trails provide the history of Tahoe and its inhabitants.

    The park Fee: $5/car, $3/bikers & hikers.

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    Sugar Pine Point’s first permanent nonnative resident was a Kentucky frontiersman named “General” William Phipps. The General staked out a homestead claim on Sugar Pine Point in the spring of 1860. The first cabin he built was lost to fire, but his second cabin 1872 may be seen near the South Boathouse. For twelve years he lived here, hunting, and fishing his 160 acre homestead in the back country lakes and canyons. He died in Georgetown in 1887 leaving his name to General Creek, Phipps Lake, Phipps Creek, and 9,300 ft Phipps Peak.

    Beautiful Sugar Pine Point State Park consist of historical Ehrman Mansion, General Phipps Cabin, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, General Creek campgrounds that are open year round, picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, interpretive programs and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. Markers along trails provide the history of Tahoe and its inhabitants.

    Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking - in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE

    Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day
    The park Fee: $5/car, $3/bikers & hikers.

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Sugar Pine Point State Park Warnings and Dangers

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    PLEASE REMEMBER
    • Lake Tahoe’s waters are extremely cold. Swim with appropriate caution.
    • Diving and jumping off the pier is not allowed.
    • Stay on designated trails.
    • 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.
    • Winter conditions at this elevation (6,200 feet) include snowstorms and deep snow packs. Temperatures can drop to near zero. Dress and prepare accordingly.

    Beautiful Sugar Pine Point State Park consist of historical Ehrman Mansion, General Phipps Cabin, Sugar Pine Point Nature Center, General Creek campgrounds that are open year round, picnicking, hiking trails, fishing, sunbathing, interpretive programs and over 2,000 acres of conifer forest. Markers along trails provide the history of Tahoe and its inhabitants.

    Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking - in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE
    Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day
    The park Fee: $5/car, $3/bikers & hikers.
    Hwy. 89, one mile south of Tahoma, CA

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