Black Rock Desert June 2009
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:30 AM
1. Yes this is a desert, but its best to visit during the Summer and Fall. I always look for desert areas to visit during the Winter and Spring - this is not one of them. When the Black Rock Desert is wet - its one giant mud pit. Go during dry season.
2. I stopped in Gerlach at the Friends of Black Rock office and picked up a copy of Chuck Dodd's Guide to Getting Around in the Black Rock Desert and High Rock Canyon - this is an invaluable book. Get it! It would be better to order it in advance to help in trip planning and can be ordered online here:
3. The Black Rock Desert is an immense area that is very far from civilization, and very primitive. There are not a lot of signs, points of interest can be difficult to find, and navigation can be difficult. Do your research, bring a GPS, be prepared. Don't pull a Ted!
4. Don't drive on the Playa when its wet at all! Don't be tempted!
So to get this started on my way from Bend to Gerlach I decided to take a shortcut from New Pine Creek on Highway 395, on Forest Service road 2, through the Warner Mountains to Fort Bidwell. This road was a lot steeper and gained a lot more elevation than I anticipated. I was driving through a lot of snow and mud until I got to the summit. The next leg of the journey looked like maybe it wasn't a good idea to proceed. Plow through the snow and mud, or visit Dismal Swamp? Choices.......
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:31 AM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:32 AM
Closed? Now you tell me.......
Edited by DirtyDog, 11 June 2009 - 04:39 AM.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:38 AM
Finding the campgrounds at Soldier Meadows proved difficult as the map showed a complex network of roads in the area and what signs there were were pretty ambiguous. At one point I ended up at some springs that I at first thought were the campgrounds I was looking for, but then figured out I was in a private part of the meadows so I moved on. Couple shots from a Private Part of the Hot Springs area (which is too bad cuz it's sure a nice spring):
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:40 AM
What goes good with some good brew after a long day of driving? How about some duck confit:
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:42 AM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:44 AM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:48 AM
I have to admit I was a little worried about his plan when he had trouble finding his way out of the outhouse:
Ted was determined though so off he went (cue the Gilligans Island song):
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:51 AM
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