Explore Sugar Pine Reservoir

Sugar Pine Reservoir

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Andy Woodward

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
River
Scenic
Wildlife

Easy access. Boat accessible. Trails and handicap accessible picnic areas.

Just a few miles north of Foresthill, Sugar Pine is a lesser known reservoir found in Placer County that is surprisingly unpopulated for how much the park provides. A swim suit, some friends, and some good music can be all it takes to have a good time.

There is a boat-launching station that is easy to access right near the parking lot (although the lake did seem almost too small for any larger/faster boats than a fishing boat). Fishing also seems to be pretty popular, with spots such as the dock and fallen trees that provide good casting spots. A good hiking option, alternatively, is the Joshua M. Hardt Memorial Trail (4 miles), an easy hike that loops around the reservoir. Camping spaces are also available with a permit - make your reservation here.

Even though the reservoir is pretty limited in things to do due to it's size, I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a laid-back day trip or camping trip.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

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Easy hike

This was an easy hike around the reservoir. Great views and peaceful.

Peace and Tranquility

I’ve been here twice and I’ve fallen in love. It’s such a peaceful hike. You can bring your dogs which is a plus. I had no trouble getting there with the directions posted. It’s quite the drive, but totally worth it. The last time I went, there were a few hunters near the trail which was a little freaky. The hike is in a pretty remote area, so just be aware of your surroundings.

stillness and wildlife

Sugar Pine Reservoir is a great place for some quiet time on the water. Speed limits for motorized boats makes for quiet, wake-free paddling. Ospreys are often seen overhead and river otters are known to make rare appearances. The boat ramp lot has lots of parking, making this lake a great choice for kayakers and paddle boarders, when the nearby Lake Clementine parking lot is full.

Activities

Chillin, Camping, Swimming, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Added by

Andy Woodward

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