Thank you, Mr. Isaias W. Hellman, for buying 2000 acres of beach front property along the west shore of a Lake Tahoe. In this ideal spot he built an 11,000 square foot summer “cottage” he called Pine Lodge, where he could escape with his family for the summer from nearby San Francisco. Of course, that meant taking 2 trains and a boat to get to his property, as it was built before roads were carved along the shore.
After his death, the property was eventually bought by the state and we now all enjoy the Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park. Then why is it named after Ed instead of Isaias? It’s another story, but Ed was the bureaucrat that helped bring the state park and other Lake Tahoe amenities into existence. Still, seems a little strange that Ed gets top billing for the site….just saying.
Anyway, we enjoyed the beautiful drive from the Bay Area up I-80 to Truckee where we took 89 to Tahoe City and just past Tahoma to the state park. The RV sites are nestled in the trees across 89 from the beach. The sites are large and beautiful and most have shade.
If you come here, bring your bike! There are miles and miles of great bike paths here. You can literally bike on trails from here past Squaw Valley and all the way back to Truckee! We enjoyed biking everywhere we went, including this great deli just a mile from the park….seriously, they make awesome sandwiches (it’s the bread)!
In addition, bring or rent a kayak….a great way to explore the coast.
We had a great time and plan to come here again next year.