Ward Creek

 Ward Creek Park is located just under 3 miles from Tahoe City on Hwy 89 south. You can access several hiking, biking and running trails just south of the Ward Creek Bridge, at the corner of Timberland Road or from Rideout Community Center, which also offers free parking. The trails are dirt and also are access to the Stanford Rock loop which crosses the Tahoe Rim Trail and brings you back down to Ward Creek Road. Trail Maps available at Rideout and West Shore Sports.

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Hellman Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park

This exceptional wedding site is one of the grandest Old Tahoe mansions in existence. San Francisco banker Isaias W. Hellman commissioned architect Walter D. Bliss to design his 11,700 square foot summer home. Bliss also designed the famous Tahoe Tavern. The rustically elegant home, called Pine Lodge, was completed in 1903 and was considered to be one of the finest in the High Sierra. Hellman’s daughter, Florence Hellman Ehrman, inherited the estate and with her husband, Sidney, entertained family and guests here until 1964. In 1965, California State Parks acquired the property. Pine Lodge sits on a knoll with a commanding view of Lake Tahoe, and expansive lawns extend down to the lake and pier. Weddings for up to 200 take place lake side, and receptions for up to 125 take place in the garden, adjacent to the gazebo. Brides and attendants may use the Butler’s Cabin as a changing room. Fees collected for this venue support ongoing restoration of this grand estate, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

More information: www.parks.ca.gov

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Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics

The Museum of Sierra Ski History and 1960 Winter Olympics was created to preserve and display our wonderful ski heritage.  The museum is a tour back through ski history from its beginnings through the 1960 Olympics.  Visitors will learn the history of skiing in the Sierra and the story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games. Interpretive posters will present excerpts from two recent ski history books, “From Longboards to the Olympics” by Mark McLaughlin and “Snowball’s Chance – The Story of the 1960 Olympic Winter Games” by David C. Antonucci. In addition, there will be a display celebrating the wonderful book by Eddy Starr Ancinas about Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows “Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows – Tales from two Valleys”.

The exhibits include hundreds of artifacts including official Olympic items such as skis, racing bibs, official results, promotional literature and participation mementos. . Dozens of never before exhibited banners, souvenirs and spectator memorabilia from the Batiste Family Collection are on display. The collection includes items from the pre-Olympic days of Squaw Valley Ski Area.  Exhibits will also show rarely seen conceptual drawings prepared by Walt Disney for planning of the VIII Olympic Winter Games.

Location: Boatworks Mall, 760 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City

More information: www.tahoemuseum.org

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Watson Cabin

Open until September 14th.

The Watson Cabin still stands on the original site where the Robert Montgomery Watson built it in 1909, and remains an outstanding example of turn-of-the-century construction. It is the oldest building in Tahoe City that still sits where it was built, in the heart of Tahoe City, above Commons Beach, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The first residents of the Cabin were Watson’s son Robert, his wife Stella and their daughter, Mildred. While the cabin is a testament to the simplicity of pioneer life, it was one of the first in Tahoe City to have indoor plumbing! Originally, the cabin contained a living room, kitchen and an outdoor porch. Upstairs there were 2 bedrooms, a sewing room, and amazingly, indoor plumbing in the bathroom! Eventually, the outdoor porch was extended and enclosed to make room for the family of three who for many years lived here year ‘round.

Location: 560 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, California

More information: www.northtahoemuseums.org

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Gatekeeper's Museum

The Gatekeeper’s Museum is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper’s Cabin, on the same site where the original stood until it was destroyed by arson fire in the early 1980s.
The original Gatekeeper’s cabin was built by Robert Montgomery Watson—also the builder of the Watson Cabin—to be the home of the Watermaster who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. We still have a Watermaster, but s/he no longer lives in this cabin. Instead, the cabin showcases Tahoe history, from the Washoe people through the logging and mining eras and the establishment of the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe. Exhibits include Native American baskets, resort memorabilia, historical photographs, clothing, oral histories, maps, archival documents, newspapers and artifacts. Our resource library allows researchers on-site access to historical documents. Copies of historic photographs can also be ordered and purchased from the Museum.

Location: 130 West Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City

More information: www.northtahoemuseums.org

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Eagle Rock

Eagle Rock volcanic outcrop at elevation 6,286' rises up from Highway 89 in Tahoe Pines, between mile marker 67 and 68. A moderate 20 minute hike leads to an amazing panoramic view of Lake Tahoe. Early photos from the Tahoe Tattler newspaper document recreational use by area "residents" as early as 1881! Park on the west side of the road on the south end of the rock. The new trail, located away from the creek, winds up the side of the rock.

More information: www.sierranevadageotourism.org

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Emerald Bay & Vikingsholm

Spend the day relaxing at Emerald Bay Beach – a National Natural Landmark with 360 degree views that encompass Emerald Bay, Fannette Island, Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm Castle. This dramatic bay setting has been called one of the “most photographed places on earth.” Emerald Bay is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City and Meeks Bay on Highway 89.

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Sugar Pine Point State Park

Sugar Pine Point State Park contains one of the finest remaining natural areas on Lake Tahoe. With nearly two miles of lake frontage, the park has dense forests of pine, fir, aspen and cedar. Deep-line anglers fish the lake's 300-foot deep underwater ledges for trout and salmon. Another attraction is the museum in the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. During winter, the park features cross-country skiing areas.

Directions: The park is located ten miles south of Tahoe City on Highway 89.

More information: www.parks.ca.gov

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Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park is adjacent to D.L. Bliss State Park. With its rugged shoreline and blue-green water, Emerald Bay is one of the most photographed places in the world. Vikingsholm, a replica of a Scandinavian castle (800 A.D.), is part of the park. The building is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere. Tours are available of this 38-room mansion. Emerald Bay offers a panoramic view of the lake from Eagle Falls. Hikers can head into nearby Desolation Wilderness or walk the rugged lakeshore to D.L. Bliss along the Rubicon Trail.

Directions: Emerald Bay SP is on the Southwest shore of Lake Tahoe on State Highway 89. The park is located 22 miles south of Tahoe City.

More information: www.reserveamerica.com

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Kaspian Campground

Kaspian Campground is located in a mature forest of pine trees overlooking the beautiful Lake Tahoe. Campers will be nestled in a sparse forest of pine trees and evergreen shrubs, just minutes from the bright blue water of Tahoe. The lake and its sandy beaches provides ample recreation opportunities.

Natural Features: The campground is situated in a former picnic area, across the street from the lake. Campsites are spaced for privacy and surrounded by tall ponderosa pine and white fir trees. Some sites offer spectacular views of Lake Tahoe through the trees.

Recreation: Kaspian Campground is ideal for visitors planning a full day of biking around Lake Tahoe. Bike trails that traverse the western shores of the lake begin near the campground. Visitors enjoy water sports on the lake and relaxing on its sandy beaches.

Facilities: The campground offers multiple single-family sites for tent-only camping. Sites are equipped with tables and campfire rings with grills. Accessible flush toilets, drinking water and trash collection are provided

Directions: The campground is located 4 miles south of Tahoe City, on California Highway 89.

More information: www.recreation.gov

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William Kent Campground

William Kent Campground is conveniently located on Lake Tahoe's west shore, a few miles south of Tahoe City. It straddles the highway and features not only a large area in which to camp, but also a day-use area that is popular among visitors.

Natural Features: William Kent Campground is situated in a residential area, alongside a busy highway. The campground has more than 80 sites, each surrounded by tall pine, cedar and fir trees. Many of the sites are secluded with evergreen shrubs and the terrain, with its shallow gullies and low ridges, helps to keep each site separate from neighboring sites.

Recreation:Just minutes away from the campground, 22-mile-long Lake Tahoe provides sunbathing, swimming, boating and water skiing. Anglers can look forward to healthy fish populations of kokanee salmon and mackinaw, rainbow and brown trout. The campground is also ideal for people planning a full day of bike riding around Lake Tahoe. Bike trails that traverse the western shores of Lake Tahoe begin near the campground.

Facilities: The campground offers dozens of campsites, available for tent and RV camping. Each is equipped with tables, campfire rings and grills. Flush toilets and drinking water are provided.

Directions: William Kent Campground is 2 miles south of Tahoe City on California Highway 89.

More information: www.recreation.gov

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