For most kids in the Sacramento area, school has either started or will be starting up any day now. If you are hoping to get out of the city one last time before the hustle and bustle of back-to-school sets in, then take a quick day trip to Sugar Pine Reservoir. Located approximately an hour outside of downtown Sacramento, the Sugar Pine Reservoir is a perfect day trip to a quiet lake for some fishing, hiking, biking or water play activities.
We visited the reservoir on a Friday afternoon, and my children and I enjoyed the 3-mile walk around the lake (we didn’t actually finish all 3 miles, as they decided they wanted to play in the water instead). The paved trail winds around the lake, in and out of the forest with plenty of shade and lake views. It’s great trail for those with younger children in strollers or those who like to ride bikes or scooters. It’s not a strenuous hike, so you could even do it in flip-flops (although, I really wouldn’t recommend walking 3 miles in flip-flops).
If you enjoy fishing, water sports, biking, hiking or just having a relaxing picnic with your family and friends, then this is a great spot to visit. The Sugar Pine Reservoir is located in the Tahoe National Forest, just above Foresthill. From Sacramento, take Hwy 80 East towards Lake Tahoe and exit onto Foresthill Road. Once you pass the town of Foresthill, you will come to Sugar Pine Road on your left. Follow the road for approximately 8 miles and you will find the Sugar Pine Reservoir boat launch area. This is a paid parking area ($5), so bring cash.
So if want to take a day trip and relax in the mountains, this is the perfect place. No crowds, just you, your family and the great outdoors.