Van Sickle Bi-State Park, South Lake Tahoe

4.7
#3 of 11 in Nature in Lake Tahoe (California)
Van Sickle Bi-State Park is a public recreation area straddling the border of California and Nevada, USA, that overlooks Lake Tahoe and preserves the memory of Henry Van Sickle, a key member in the founding of Genoa and the surrounding area. The state park features trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. It is managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in partnership with the California Tahoe Conservancy.HistoryHenry Van Sickle built the farm in the 1860s to hold hay for a nearby way station. Later it serviced freight-pulling horse teams through the region. Eventually the facility became an equestrian stable for tourists. The ranch belonged to Jack Van Sickle when, in 1989, of the land was donated to the Nevada Division of State Parks. In 2001, the California Tahoe Conservancy purchased the adjacent California property. The park opened to the public in summer 2011.While the California Department of Parks and Recreation was originally involved, the orgamization dropped out due to continued funding woes. Although part of the park is in California, it is not currently considered a California state park.ParkThe park encompasses within Nevada and in California. The main entrance as well as most of the historical buildings are on the California side. The Heavenly Ski Resort gondola runs over the park grounds near the barn and stables. Features of the park include the historic Van Sickle farm barn, a 1917-era log cabin, and hiking trails with access to the Tahoe Rim Trail.
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  • We opted NOT to spend the $50 to take the gondola to the top of the hill. We decided to walk. The waterfall at the top was not flowing much (The one by Emerald Bay was more impressive). Tip: drive to ...  more »
  • Great hike for families! Easy to get to and well marked. Takes about 1 1/2 to complete, roughly 3 miles. Very picturesque. Very safe.  more »
  • The trail was well marked and easy to follow, average difficulty. Beautiful views of the mountains, lakes. There is a waterfall located about a mile up. We arrived around 8 and the trail was mostly em...  more »
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  • Very nice trails with beautiful views! If you drive past the gate there is about 10 parking spaces but it fills up quick. The trails are at a good incline (medium difficulty) so be sure to bring water and of course sunscreen.
  • Amazing South Lake Tahoe views. Easy to moderate trail system leading also to the rim.
  • Nice state park, very clean, good parking, hosebib for washing feet or getting water for your four legged friends. Trails are well marked and easy to follow. Word of caution bring water many people struggle even on the short hike to the waterfall because of the elevation of the area and the additional climb of over 700 fee to it from the trailhead
  • Nice hike with a fair bit of climb. Lots of squirrels and bluejays about.
  • Great walk amongst nature. Some paths has ice on them but by and large it was a wonderful experience. The view from the vista point was amazing!
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