Plan to stay at Pioneer Inn & Suites. Take a short (under one hour) drive to Tahoe where you can hike to your heart’s content! Then return to the comfort of your affordable lodging here in Pioneer where you can relax in the hot tub or on your balcony or patio where you can enjoy lovely forest views!


  • Tahoe Rim Trail: This 165-mile hike around Lake Tahoe is the ultimate trek. Hike the entire thing or hike bits and pieces of the trail. The options are endless. You can choose to hike any of eight sections of the trail. Check out the Tahoe Rim Trail website to find more information, maps, and trail conditions.
  • Wildflower Hikes: Due to the heavy snow pack from this past winter, wildflower season this year is going to be fantastic. It is expected that wildflower peak will be in the middle of July at low-to-mid elevations, and at the beginning of August for mid-to-high elevations. One of the best places to see them around Lake Tahoe will be at Carson Pass which is south of the Lake Tahoe basin.
  • Taylor Creek areaThis area, along the 2.2 mile Taylor Creek which runs from Fallen Leaf Lake to Lake Tahoe, is home to numerous walking trails that go through the trees to Kiva Beach or that go along Taylor Creek from the Taylor Creek Visitors Center to the Stream Profile Chamber.
  • Mt. Tallac: The five-mile one-way trek up Tahoe’s most iconic mountain, is nothing short of difficult. The views from the top are incredible and make for very good photographs. As of now, there is still too much snow on this trail to make it passable but, as the snow melts this becomes one of the best hikes in the Tahoe Basin. Park at the Mt. Tallac Trailhead, across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach.
  • Rubicon TrailThis trail goes along the lake’s West shore. Highlights of this trail are between D.L. Bliss and Emerald Bay, where you will pass coves, cliffs, panoramic views, and even an old lighthouse.

Check out the list of our six favorite hikes in Tahoe South.