Adam Jensen: It’s all about the bikes on the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe |

Adam Jensen: It’s all about the bikes on the Fourth of July at Lake Tahoe

If I could give only one piece of advice for having a good time at Lake Tahoe on Fourth of July, it would be this: ditch your car.

The holiday is the busiest weekend of the year at Tahoe and traffic will be intense. It’ll be good for your blood pressure to avoid the roads the best you can, just like many locals do.

First things first, I would load up on supplies as soon as you get into town. The grocery stores will be slammed, so it’s best to get your shopping out of the way and not have to worry about it the rest of the weekend.

After stocking up, park your vehicle and grab a bike, a skateboard, roller skates, a scooter, really anything that won’t leave you sitting in a line of cars will do. From there, my plan of attack for Saturday would be to head out to one of the beaches on the California side; namely Baldwin, Kiva or Pope; soak up some sun and jump in the water until I got my fill. I’d then wind my way back along the Camp Richardson bike path, quenching my thirst at any one of a number of watering holes along the way, ending up at Regan Beach or Lakeview Commons, popular and accessible places to watch the fireworks show. After that it would be time for bed or time to head to Stateline for some nightlife, depending on the consistency of my sunburn.

If you prefer the mountains to the beach, a bike ride or hike on the Powerline Trail or something similar will be a good way to beat the crowds Saturday. While the trails will be busy this weekend, they’ll provide solitude compared to the rambunctious beach scene.

Of course, there’s a zillion variations to these plans, but nobody — nobody — wants to spend their long weekend sitting in traffic, so do what you can to avoid that all-too-common fate. Above all, Have a happy Independence Day!

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

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