The Orange Trail is the shortest of five cross-country and snowshoe trails at Sugar Pine Point State Park. A 1.2-mile loop will take you to the water's edge for an amazing view of Lake Tahoe and the snowcapped Sierra Mountains. The Hellman-Ehrman Mansion is also along this route, although tours are not available during the winter months.
Best access to this loop starts near the restrooms, where you will see a sign for the various trails through the park. Walk east from here and you will cross the Orange Trail. Left takes you toward the park headquarters and the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion. Heading right takes you down a small incline and then along the lake shoreline. From the shore, locate the bathhouse near the lakeside cabin. The trail proceeds next to this building and continues to the mansion.
This short but sweet hike is great for all ages and skill levels. If you plan on exploring more of Sugar Pine, check out the Yellow, Blue, Red and Green trails. Red and Green follow the path of the 1960 Winter Olympic Biathlon and definitely make a worthwhile hike.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.