Black Rock Desert, 2010
Another visit to one of my favorite places — the Black Rock Desert.
Camping near the 12-mile entrance, 450 ft above the playa surface.
Another good viewpoint, behind the gravel pit a bit farther north, 250 ft above the playa surface.
Coyote Spring Dune
Frog Pond Hot Springs
(Closed to the public.)
Trego Hot Springs
Split boulder, near Trego
Nice view of the playa here, too.
Since my last visit, the road up to top of Steamboat Mountain has been replaced with a footpath. There are now fences, signs, and a designated parking lot. Is this an improvement?
Black Rock Hot Springs
Some covered wagon remains are still there.
Double Hot Springs
Yes, the water was just about as hot as specified by the large welded steel sign. Unfortunately someone left the hot water fill pipe in the tub, so it was way too hot for soaking — and would take hours to cool.
I was disappointed, but still took a shower using some water I cooled in a jug. Eight hours later, I found myself sick with a nasty stomach bug that lasted a couple days. I blame this water — being splashed into my face.
Black Rock Range
Clifftop view road
View from the top.
The ground up there was littered with thousands fragments of mahogany obsidian that appeared to be partially-completed arrowheads and other rock tools.
East Branch of the Black Rock Desert
Map and Track Log