Traveling thru Nevada on our way home last fall. Nevada is a largely empty state,in the words of Ed Aldrin,2nd man on the moon "Magnificent Desolation". It is also rather like the Australian outback.
Pyramid Lake is located in northwestern Nevada on the Paiute Indian reservation. It perhaps derives its name from the pyramid shaped rock in center of photo. It was windy and cool on the afternoon that we were there. We arrived in Nevada after our morning hiking at Donner Lake.
We hiked along the shoreline of Pyramid Lake for a bit. This huge tire was lying there,probably from a large piece of earth moving machinery.
We passed thru this small town after leaving Pyramid Lake on our way to Gerlach and the black rock desert. The italic text was added by me since this is what the name brought to mind! Nixon is the seat of tribal government of the Paiute Tribe.
Hiking in the Black Rock Desert
The Black Rock desert is a dry lake bed although it was muddy when we hiked there probably as a result of recent rain that caused the snow at Donner Lake. The mud was the consistency of cement and would stick to my boots,weigh them down and have to be kicked off from time to time. It also caked itself to Wesley`s paws. After our hiking here,it took me over half an hour to pick the mud out of Wesley`s paws and off my boots. Still it was a desolate interesting area to hike in and reminded me in some ways of the lunar surface. It is near Gerlach. We camped on its isolated shoreline the night before. Originally I had intended to drive out on the lake bed for several miles and camp but was concerned that my car would bog down in the mud!
Cracked surface of the playa
semi moist mud on the dry lake bed
Hiking on the playa
My hiking stick on the mud surface of the desert. We spent a few hours hiking here.
Light snow---sometimes called termination dust---can be seen on the mountain at right.
the tiny dots at the base of the mountains are the buildings of Gerlach. Gerlach is a tiny outpost of civilization in this vast wilderness.
a closeup of the previous photo
Hard packed surface of the playa
in some areas,the desert floor was dry and hard packed---much easier hiking!
the next day,we hiked around the rim of Lunar Crater and even hiked a short way down inside it. We reached a rock ledge partway down but sheer cliffs made further downward progress problematic. This crater is volcanic in origin and is accessed from US 6 via a gravel road. It sits on BLM land in the desert.
Easy Chair Crater
from the rim of Lunar Crater,we are looking at Easy Chair crater probably named for its resemblance to a chair! Volcanic rocks can be seen on the desert floor in center of photo. We also hiked around Easy Chair crater.
Nevada Utah border
small homestead and cafe located along US 6 near the state line. elk antlers were stuck into the fence