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Sugar Pine Point State Park – Lake Tahoe, CA

Sugar Pine Point State Park - Lake Tahoe

On our last full day in Lake Tahoe, we went exploring other parts around the lake a bit. We found Sugar Pine Point State Park – which has to be one of my favorite places now!

Sugar Pine Point is on the west side of Lake Tahoe, technically in Tahoma, CA. The park is full of dense forests and a long, rocky beach on the shore of the lake. The beach is full of colorful rocks and pebbles, and Β also features huge boulders to climb and sit on. I don’t know why I love boulders so much, but the boulders definitely made the beach for me. Because of all the pine trees, the beach is also littered with HUGE pinecones.

Not to mention the water. It was SO pretty. You could see the shallow parts versus the deeper parts depending on the color of the water, and when the wind blew just right, the water turned more glassy and silky. So beautiful. The mountains in the background are also something you can’t ignore.

We were there for a few hours right before a snow storm, so the clouds were doing some pretty awesome things. I’m sure blue skies would’ve made the water look even bluer, but the foggy skies and quickly-moving clouds was just what the doctor ordered for 4 Texas escaping summer heat and sunshine. πŸ˜‰

I’d love to come back again to camp here with our pups, and at a time where it would be warm enough to swim!

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We had fun taking selfies, jumping around on the boulders, skipping rocks, and relaxing in our hammocks while looking at the beauty around us. I was even inspired to improv a “rock opera” because of all the boulders and rocks around me. The rock opera was quite hilarious and amazing, if I do say so myself; I wish I had written down the lyrics, because I’d have a smash hit on my hands! πŸ˜‰

Don’t forget to take a look around our other Lake Tahoe posts.

What’s your favorite spot in Lake Tahoe?

[All photos were taken in May 2015.]

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Hang Around The World
    May 23, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I love to read your articles especially thanks to your photos!

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    Miriam - londonkitchendiaries.com
    May 23, 2016 at 1:41 am

    Lake Tahoe looks so beautiful and peaceful! Love the mountains in the background!

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    Monica is The Wanderlusteur
    May 20, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    Beautiful pics – love how nature can inspire an impromptu concert like a rock opera. Maybe if you go back, you’ll remember the lyrics! πŸ™‚

    For my first fashion collection, I was inspired while sitting on a mountain top looking down on the lake. Mother Nature sure is gorgeous!

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Haha, maybe! And that’s awesome how you were inspired by nature for your first collection! Amazing.

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    Suze - Luxury Columnist
    May 20, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I love the handstand on the rock shot, this place seems so idyllic!

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    Izzy
    May 19, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I love when water has personality like that! You’ve seemed to have really embraced the Lake Tahoe experience judging by the three posts I’ve read about consecutively on the topic. It’s nice to have followed your experience like that across the past few weeks. How long were you there for? Is it still snowing in the spring?? Or was this at the transition point between winter and spring? I just want to “plan” my future trip to Lake Tahoe accordingly! πŸ™‚

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      We were there for a little less than a week. It usually snows in early spring, but we were there in May (late spring). Usually no snow in late spring, but we DID get a huge snowfall the last day we were there. It’s very rare, but it happens. Just pack layers. πŸ™‚

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    Sally from Passport & Plates
    May 19, 2016 at 3:35 pm

    Love love love your photos! I much prefer being near sandy beaches rather than rocky lakes but your photos are definitely making me reconsider. Sounds like you had a lovely time and hopefully you can go back and swim when it’s warmer πŸ™‚

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Thank you! I love lakes so much, so that makes me so happy! I feel like it’s my job to make the ocean lovers learn to love the lakes and mountains as well. I try very hard to capture the beauty I see!

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    Hung Thai
    May 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    Beautiful pictures – the water is so clear! I don’t know for sure if this is the same place we went to a few years back – it looks very familiar. But, well, all the stops along Lake Tahoe are amazing πŸ™‚

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    Megan Indoe
    May 19, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I’ve always wanted to visit Lake Tahoe! It is such a beautiful place! The photos you captured are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience!

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Thanks! And I hope you get to go some day soon. πŸ™‚

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    Safari Junkie
    May 19, 2016 at 1:56 am

    This Lake looks stunning, so clean! I havent been to USA, but would visit Lake Tahoe.

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Ooh yes, come visit! There is so much natural beauty in the USA.

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    Kerri
    May 19, 2016 at 12:58 am

    These are the types of lakes that remind me of American “summer” vacations when I see them on the movies. Such beautiful water, and I LOVE the photos of the boulders (oh, and the handstand:) )

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      Haha, I love it! That’s what I think when I watch my dad’s old projection reels from when he summered at “The Cape” (Cape Cod) when he was a kid!

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    Daisy @ Simplicity Relished
    May 19, 2016 at 12:05 am

    This is so absolutely stunning.

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    Chantell Collins
    May 18, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    What a beautiful spot! It looks so tranquil and peaceful. A great place to spend the day. Sounds like you all had a lot of fun.

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    Laura @ Grassroots Nomad
    May 18, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Stunning photos! I love those rocks – all different shapes and colours. The perfect backdrop for photos!

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    Lauren of Postgrad & Postcards
    May 18, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Such blue water isn’t normally associated with lakes! Wow! Absolutely breathtaking and your photo taking skills are commendable πŸ™‚

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      Bailey K.
      May 25, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      You should go to more lakes! I see colors like this all the time with the lakes that I visit. And thank you so much!

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    Marteen
    May 18, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I’m loving the boulders also! It looks so peaceful πŸ™‚

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    Danielle
    May 18, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Lovely photos, looks so serene! Sounds like you had a great time!

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