Adam Jensen: Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness does it again |

Adam Jensen: Tahoe’s Desolation Wilderness does it again

I took my annual backpacking sojourn with some buddies into Desolation Wilderness, at the southwest corner of Lake Tahoe, over the weekend, and once again, it left me wondering why I don’t make it out there more often. Despite some wildfire smoke, the effort in getting there paid off tenfold with expansive views of the Sierra Nevada. The trail was relatively quiet, as well, allowing plenty of the good-natured jawing that is endemic to a group of buddies. Pristine lakes, high-elevation forest, granite peaks and good friends go a long way in re-energizing your constitution. While Mother Nature appears to be flirting with winter, I’m guessing there’s still weeks to enjoy the fall before it’s time to sharpen the skis. Desolation is well worth an inclusion on your to-do list. Here are a couple more picks for the weekend:

Bijou BiKe Park

Big jumps, high-speed banked turns and all kinds of different lines have sprouted out of Bijou Community Park following the efforts of the City of South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association and numerous volunteers. The bike park is expected to open Saturday and should draw a big crowd. Even if you’re not an expert mountain biker, watching those who are should be tons of fun.

Bouldering Competition

This community event has grown into a regional draw for rock climbers during the past five years. The nature of bouldering means the competition is a little spread out, but the festival that follows at Crossfit 6250’ Saturday should provide plenty of entertainment, with kids activities, food and high-flying climbers looking to outdo each other for the best dynamic move.

Ironman Lake TAhoe

This one’s taking place at the North Shore, so it’s a bit of a drive from the southern end of the lake, but the energy surrounding the event is palpable, as hundreds of people attempt to conquer a challenge for which they’ve been training for months. There will be some traffic delays (more on page 14), but posting up along the course or at the finish at Squaw Valley should provide plenty of intrigue for a Sunday afternoon.

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

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