Adam Jensen: Fall is in the air at Lake Tahoe and Oktoberfest is here |

Adam Jensen: Fall is in the air at Lake Tahoe and Oktoberfest is here

Sometimes at Lake Tahoe you can have it both ways.

Sunday’s “Blood Moon” may have fizzled due to some clouds, but sky watchers were greeted with a sunset over the Sierra Crest that didn’t disappoint, also because of the clouds. It’s rough around here sometimes, I tell ya.

I’m a fan of the rain, which I known isn’t everyone’s favorite, and with some precipitation and colder temperatures over the past week, it’s starting to feel a lot more like fall.

Saturday is looking mostly sunny, while chances of showers are in the forecast for Sunday. Don’t let it get you down. There’s still plenty of ways to play at Lake Tahoe.

Here are some picks for the week:


A staple of the fall calendar, Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson returns this weekend. The event attracts repeat visitors and is popular with locals as well, many of whom can be found caravaning on bicycles along the Camp Richardson bike path to and from the event. It’s a great pedal and means you can have an extra cheddarwurst at Oktoberfest, which also hosts a free bike valet. More information on the event can be found on page 12.

Lake Tahoe Marathon

Unless you’re endurance runner Meb Keflezighi, taking a full marathon on short notice is going to be out of the question, but the Lake Tahoe Marathon has grown to include a whole host of events and distances suitable for casual runners. Everything from kids runs to a 5k to a 10 k to half marathons to ultramarathons are included in four days of events, which kick off Thursday, Oct. 9. Read more on the marathon on page 14.

Hit the Trail

Showers this week should make Lake Tahoe’s mountain bike trails especially tacky and fun.

The banked dirt turns at the new Bijou Bike Park and the Corral Trail should have all the grip necessary for some high-speed excitement on two wheels. That being said, if it gets so wet that a bike is creating ruts, it’s best to get off the trail and keep it fun for everyone when it dries out. Enjoy the week!

Adam Jensen is the editor of Lake Tahoe Action. He can be reached at

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