Tahoe Donner Hiking Club

Description and Mission

Tahoe Donner Hiking Club is a chartered club of Tahoe Donner.

The mission of the Tahoe Donner Hiking Club is to:

Encourage fitness and friendship while hiking
Foster appreciation for hiking, backpacking and “leave no trace” principles

More information is provided on the Hiking Info page

Check out our FAQ’s for lots of great hiking tips

Lead a hike, it’s easy! Choose a hike from our hike library, or add a new hike if the one you want to do is not listed, then fill out our Lead a Hike Request Form – we take care of the rest!

Review the Hike Leader’s Role – Hike Leader’s Role 


Tahoe Donner Hiking Club has six board members, each of whom is the coordinator for a club functional area:
  • Communications, Membership and Financial Coordinator
  • Robin Reese
  • communications @ tdhikers.com
  • info @ tdhikers.com
  • Bio: Robin created the Tahoe Donner Hiking Club and had the by-laws approved by the Board in 2010. She retired in 2006 from 33 years of university teaching, the last 25 at California State University, Sacramento. She and her husband live full-time in Tahoe Donner where she spends the majority of her time skiing, jogging, golfing, hiking, backpacking, dancing, snowshoeing and playing tennis, bridge, MahJong and other games. She currently teaches line dance at the Truckee Recreation Center and attends several line dance workshops each year. Robin is a fast hiker who enjoys hikes greater than 8 miles. She is also an avid backpacker. Her goal is to complete the Pacific Crest Trail in Oregon and Washington before she dies!
  • Black  Hike Coordinator
  • Rob Mains
  • blackhikes @ tdhikers.com
  • Bio: Rob is a lifelong hiker, backpacker, cyclist, and very fond of both alpine and Nordic skiing. He enjoys sharing the outdoors with others, and is happy to be the black hike coordinator for the hiking club. Rob is a semi-retired technology executive who works part time for the Linux Foundation in open source chip design.
  • Blue Hike Coordinator
  • Sharon Toner
  • bluehikes @ tdhikers.com
  • Bio: Sharon has been hiking, swimming an exploring the Sierra’s since she was a small child, and has been fortunate enough to have had a family home in Tahoe Donner for the last 20 years. Sharon and her husband Tom enjoyed a hiking trip to Romania with the hiking club four years ago and now that she is retiring from her job in health care, she hope to be able to attend more of the weekly hikes that the club has to offer. Sharon also enjoys volunteering, especially her position as a docent at Donner Memorial State Park, where history, nature and hiking all come together.
  • Green Hike Coordinator
  • Maria Lauriello-Klein
  • greenhikes @ tdhikers.com
  • Bio: My family and I have owned a house in TD since 2017. I joined the hiking club in April 2021, and have enjoyed learning about and hiking the beautiful trails. I spend my free time traveling, learning to play golf and pickleball, working out, cooking, and hiking. I love dogs and volunteer at the Reno Humane Society. I’m looking forward to meeting new people and discovering new trails.
  • Backpacking Trip Coordinator
  • Joyce Scardina Becker
  • backpacking @ tdhikers.com
  • Bio: Joyce’s backpacking career began back in 1966, when her Girl Scout troop embarked on a 5-day trek across the Desolation Wilderness.  Fifty years later, Joyce organized her first backpacking trip for the Tahoe Donner Hiking Club, retracing the steps she took and singing the songs she learned as a Girl Scout.  Other memorable places Joyce has hiked include Nepal in 1982 and the Dolomites in 2019.  Today, Joyce heads up the beginner-level backpacking trips (1-2 nights), as she wants to introduce more Hiking Club members to the joys of overnighting in the back country. Joyce retired in 2023 from 25 years at California State University East Bay, as the Director and Instructor of the Wedding Planner Certificate Program.  She also successfully ran an event planning company, Events of Distinction, in the Bay Area for 26 years.  Nowadays, when Joyce is not “glam-packing”, you can find her playing tennis, paddle boarding, hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing or working out.
  • Away Trip Coordinator
  • Pam Pontius
  • awaytrips @ tdhikers.com
  • Pam Has owned her second home in TD since 2018 and joined the hiking club that Summer. She can often be found on our glorious blue hikes with a sprinkling of green and easy blacks as well. In addition to hiking, Pam is an avid skier and tennis player.
  • Website Coordinator
  • webmaster @ tdhikers.com


Learn more about TD Hiking Club – links to FAQ page – membership