Adam Jensen: Summer may be over, but Tahoe’s fall is here |

Adam Jensen: Summer may be over, but Tahoe’s fall is here

Well, it’s already here. With a heavy heart I must confirm the unofficial end of summer has arrived. It’s with a mix of emotions though. On the positive side, one of my favorite times of year at Lake Tahoe is about to start. Fall represents months when the crowds clear out, trails stay primed for exploration and it’s way easier to find a little solitude. While the shorter days and cooler weather require a little more adventure planning, autumn at Lake Tahoe is something that needs to be experienced to be understood.

On that note, the great annual bacchanal in the Nevada desert known as Burning Man is taking place as I write these words. While we have plenty of enthusiastic supporters of the Burning Man community around the Lake Tahoe Basin, the lake itself gets its main taste of the event as people go to and come back from Black Rock City, which is about three hours away by car. Spotting the distinctively dust-covered vehicles and bikes as they come back through Tahoe could easily count as one of the area’s fall activities.

So here are some picks for this week, with an eye toward those making their way back from “The Burn”:

Get on the water

Taking to Lake Tahoe when the water is smooth is an otherworldly experience. The High Sierra reflected in Tahoe’s undisturbed waters is one of the great sights in the West. Lots of boats will get pulled out of the water this weekend, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for some high-speed laps or a relaxing paddle.

Dave Matthews Band

Yes, this band is sometimes derided for when it gets a little sappy or when bros dominate the audience, but there’s no denying the incredible talents of the long-standing act. Just the rhythm section of bassist Steffan Lessard and drummer Carter Beauford is reason enough to make it out for this one Wednesday. Also, it’s the last Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena show of the year, so it will be one way to extend summer, for a few days anyway.

Fire Up the Grill

Peak grilling season is in the rear-view mirror, but I attended my best barbecue of the summer last weekend. Lake Tahoe presents ample opportunity to gather around some coals, throw some meat on the grill and spend some time with friends. There are few things better. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

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

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