Ward Creek Park is located just under 3 miles from Tahoe City on Hwy 89 south.Access to snowshoeing and non-groomed nordic skiing just south of the Ward Creek Bridge, at the corner of Timberland Road or from Rideout Community Center, which also offers free parking. Trail Maps available at Rideout and West Shore Sports.
4.5mi. Roundtrip, Easy, ½ day
Blackwood canyon is a winter recreation haven. Crosscountry skiers, shoeshoers, and snowmobilers, all enjoy the splendor of the canyon in the winter months. This trek leads you from the Sno-park back into the canyon to where Blackwood Creek crosses the path. Here you’ll find an ideal spot to enjoy a hot cup of coco while watching birds fly by, and viewing animal tracks in the snow.
On clear, sunny days of winter, most people in Tahoe will be at a ski resort, or at work. That leaves a lot of open forest land for alternative activities like snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Up above Lake Tahoe, Paige Meadows provides picturesque winter scenery for dog walks and snowshoeing. Between November and April, the floor of the meadows is snow-covered. For kids, Paige Meadows is a safe place for snowplay and building snowmen. Away from the road, the only noise in Paige Meadows will be the sound of snow crunching beneath your own feet. Get away from the bustle of Tahoe City and enter an environment with sparkling snow and a natural scent of pine.
Ed Z'berg - 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 juniper.
Another attraction is the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion (also known as Pine Lodge), a summer home built in 1903 in a grove of pine and cedar. From the turn of the century until 1965, the lands of what is now Ed Z'berg - Sugar Pine Point State Park were owned by financier Isaias W. Hellman, and later by his daughter Florence Hellman Ehrman. The mansion provides an interesting view into the lifestyles of the wealthy on Lake Tahoe.
Winter: Winter visitors to the park will find over 20 kilometers of marked cross country ski trails and a heated restroom in the General Creek campground. Interpretive presentations on a variety of winter related subjects are presented most weekends, from January through March.
It was also the site of the 1960 Olympics Nordic events, lots of “firsts” and great nordic skiing trails that are groomed on one of the former Olympic Biathlon Trails, the Red Trail. These trails all start out of the west side or campground side at the Blue trail-head. There is also snowshoeing, hiking and winter camping and an exact 1/4 scale replica of the Tower of Nations from the 8th Winter Games of the 1960 Olympics.
For the day skier visiting the Tahoe area, Tahoe Cross Country offers an high quality recreation experience for all ability levels. The 65 kilometer trail system is machine groomed daily with state of the art Prinoth snow groomers. Nineteen separate trails lead skiers and snowshoers through beautiful Ponderosa Pine and White Fir forest, into open meadows, and up to stunning views of Lake Tahoe and its surrounding peaks. 2 trailside warming huts provide ideal locations for getting out of the weather, enjoying a break and a free hot chocolate or tea. 8 kilometers of dog friendly trails allow families to include the entire family during their visit to the snow for healthy outdoor recreation. Join us at Tahoe Cross Country this season.