Pioneer, CA

Stunning hiking areas around Pioneer

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(PIONEER, Calif.) Northern California's rich beauty has been hampered by the ongoing, and ever-extending, wildfire season as of late. However, there are several beautiful and secluded trails that, when conditions permit, make an excellent walk or hike for any lover of the outdoors, whether you're interested in working up a heavy sweat or just want a casual wooded stroll.

Tiger Creek Reservoir

Just outside Pioneer, a few miles of the historic Route 88, sits the secluded Tiger Creek Reservoir. This quiet and remote man-made waterway is a perfect place to cool down during the Golden State's extended heatwave every Fall. Lined with hefty sugar pines, the river is a perfect escape for you, the dogs and the kids.

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

In between Pioneer and Pine Grove, set into the foothills a few miles, lies Volcano which houses two of the most magnificent natural landmarks. One, Black Chasm Cavern, features some of the rarest geological features known to man in the form of helictites. The other, Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park, features installations of a variety of Miwok living quarters, a bronzed statue paying homage to the Miwoks and the Chaw Se Roundhouse.

Beyond just the overflow of Indigenous history, the 2,400 feet elevation park has many easy to intermediate hiking trails. The open meadows and large pine trees give you the illusion you're tucked away just outside Tahoe. The park, created in 1968, preserves a large portion of the marbleized limestone used by Miwoks for brick and mortar.

Whether you're in it for the elevation or just for the exercise, Pioneer and the surrounding foothills have incredible hiking and walking trails for you and the whole family.

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