Sugar Pine Point State Park - Blue Trail


Difficulty 1 Beginner
Length 2.2 miles round trip
6300 feet
Navigation Groomed and marked trail
Time Several hours
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Not permitted [Please report illegal use of snowmobiles in this area.]
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Meeks Bay, Homewood
Start Sugar Pine Point State Park on Highway 89, 0.8 mile south of Tahoma. Turn west into the park and follow the road to the entrance station. Immediately past the entrance station turn left and follow the road a short distance to the day use parking lot and trailhead. Do not confuse this, the main part of the park, with the smaller part of the park located on the east side of Highway 89 and slightly farther south.


Sugar Pine Point State Park offers marked and groomed trails. The most interesting skiing is found in the main part of the park where the short Blue Trail is located and the longer General Creek tour (the Red Trail) is also found. The park's Yellow Trail, not yet available in this guide, is located on the shore of Lake Tahoe.

The tranquil setting along with the easy to follow trails make Sugar Pine Point State Park a popular but not over crowded destination. The Blue Trail is a loop suitable for most any skier with basic skills and is one of the few groomed trails in California on public lands.

Sugar Pine Point State Park is open all winter for camping. Hot water and heated restrooms are provided in the campground, which is quiet during the winter months.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.4
Elevation change: Nil

From the trailhead (1) follow the trail south and then west for a total of 0.4 mile until you reach a trail junction (2). You will return to this point on the road that continues straight-ahead.

Miles: 0.4 - 0.6
Elevation change: Nil

Turn north (right) and follow the trail for 0.2 mile until you reach a trail junction (3). This section is the beginning of the Blue Trail loop.

Miles: 0.6 - 1.3
Elevation change: Nil

Turn west (left) and follow the trail for 0.7 mile until you reach a trail junction (4). The trail to the west (right) is part of the Red Trail that parallels General Creek.

Miles: 1.3 - 1.8
Elevation change: Nil

Follow the trail to the southeast (left) for 0.5 mile until you intersect the trail junction (2) where you began the loop.

Miles: 1.8 - 2.2
Elevation change: Nil

Continue east and then north on the trail for a total of 0.4 miles as you retrace the route back to the trailhead (1).

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