CAMPING TRIP IN ED Z'BERG SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK

SUMMARY

TRIP · 3-day car camping trip
FOR · Friends & first-time campers

VIBE · Chill & fun

COST · $
DRIVE · 3.5 hours from SF
IDEAL DATES · June - September
PETS · Welcome at camp, but not on the beach & trails

WHY ED Z'BERG SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK?

Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park (EZSPP) is the largest state park at Lake Tahoe! It features 2,000 acres of forest and almost two miles of lakeshore. The Sierra State Parks Foundation also offers tours of the park's 11,000 square-foot centerpiece: the historic Ehrman Mansion, aka Pine Lodge. Camp, swim & visit a slice of history at Sugar Pine Point SP.

 

· Directions To Campground

· Official State Park Website

· Temporary Campfire Ban

EACH CAMPSITE COMES WITH:

- A picnic table

- A fire pit & grill

- Space for up to 8 people

- 2 parking spots
- Food storage locker
- Trash collection (on site)

- Restrooms (on site)

SLEEP UNDERNEATH SUGAR PINES AT GENERAL CREEK CAMPGROUND
This expansive campground has 175 sites designed for tent, trailer & RV campers. It's tucked away underneath beautiful pine trees so there's plenty of shade to go around, and you're only less than a mile walk away from the glistening shores of Lake Tahoe. There are restrooms, coin-operated hot showers & a paved bike path throughout the campground. Plus, you're only a 15-minute drive from Tahoe City, where you'll find grocery stores, restaurants & more lakeside beaches. 

Check-in: After 2 PM | Check-out: 12 PM

Quiet hours: 10 PM - 8 AM

View Campground Map

Nightly Rate: $35

CAMP

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

For centuries, the Wa she shu tribe came to Da ow a ga (edge of the lake) to spend their summers hunting & fishing

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Bears are known to roam around the park. Properly secure your food in your campsite's storage box whenever you leave camp and overnight. Due to feisty bears, coolers can't be stored in cars and must fit in food storage lockers at your campsite. Food locker dimensions are 36" deep, 43" wide, and 22" high. Learn more about bear safety!

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Hellman-Ehrmann Mansion tours take place from Tuesday - Saturday,10:30 AM – 3:30 PM ( June 22 – September 30, 2021). Adult tickets are $12, children tickets are $10,  & you can buy them at the Visitor Center

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SPPSP's day use fee is $10 a car

 

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
LEAVE SF BY 11 AM & GRAB A SAMMIE AT FULL BELLY DELI

- Diners LOVE their sandwiches & wraps, especially the Dirka Dirka

- Located at 10825 Pioneer Trail Road, Suite 103 in Truckee

- Open Monday - Friday| 7 AM - 3 PM & Saturdays 10 AM - 3 PM

LAST PIT STOP · Chevron - 310 W River Road in Tahoe City

CHECK IN & SETTLE IN AT GENERAL CREEK CAMPGROUND

- Set up camp, wander around the campground & relax

SWIM IN LAKE TAHOE!

- From camp, walk 0.5 miles along Rod Beaudry Trail to reach Sugar Pine Point State Park beach 

- Wear your bathing suit and leap into the lake!

DRY OFF & TAKE AN EVENING STROLL ALONG THE DOLDER NATURE TRAIL
- This easy 2.1 mile loop takes you through Edwin L. Z’Berg Natural Preserve. You'll find beautiful lake views, a sandy beach & the chance to visit the highest lighthouse (in elevation) in the world!
RETURN TO CAMP FOR DIN-DIN

- Prep & enjoy dinner back at camp

- Stargaze and swap some of your favorite campfire stories

DAY TWO
MAKE BREKKIE, PACK A PICNIC & WALK OR BIKE ALONG SUGAR PINE POINT STATE PARK NATURE TRAILS

- This 5 mile loop is a lovely, shady stroll through meadows & cedar trees

- Pack a daypack with lunch, sunscreen, sunhat, bug spray & water

- Find a pretty spot along the way to picnic for lunch 

RETURN TO CAMP & UNWIND

- Clean up & play some board games

JOIN AN AFTERNOON TOUR OF HELLMAN-EHRMAN MANSION

- This rustic, but palatial house was built by San Francisco financier I.W. Hellman for his beloved family to enjoy Tahoe's waters. Now you can too!

PREP A SUNSET DINNER
- Cook up your last dinner at Sugar Pine Point and bring your camp chair to enjoy a sunset dinner by the lake 

DAY THREE
PACK UP & CHECK OUT BEFORE NOON

👀 Cook up brekkie, clean up around camp & throw away any random pieces of litter

HEAD HOME!

Sugar Pine trees (Pinus lambertiana) can grow up to 275 feet tall, and are the largest pine tree in the world! Their cones have also been recorded to reach 2 feet!

 

GEAR

ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES
 
DAY ONE

Dinner

CAMPFIRE MAC N' CHEESE

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Vegetarian recipes

Dessert

S'MORES

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Gluten-free recipes

FOOD

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LAST UPDATED: June 27, 2021

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