May 2nd, we drove up to Gerlach, NV to meet up with a couple of friends for a weekend in the Black Rock / High Rock Canyon Area. Gerlach is a quirky place being headquarters to the Annual Burning Man Festival and a traditional NV small mining town. We visited “Friends of Black Rock” and talked with the two guys manning the office. We hung out at Bruno’s Country Club bar and talked with a couple locals.
Then finally off to the trails. We headed out up Soldier Meadow Rd which skirts the Black Rock Playa.
The views were pretty amazing. We took a detour to a water crossing and part way up a very loose, sandy climb. Of course, there were the required minor repairs required.
We also saw a couple of snakes.
We eventually made it up to Soldier Meadows Hot Springs and camped at the Hot Creek Campground. It is an Area of Critical Environmental Concern which is part of the Black Rock National Conservation Area.
There wasn’t anyone else in the campground area. It consisted of 5 campsites and an open top vault toilet. (Sorry, no photos).
It was a comfortable temperature for dinner outside. We had good food & conversation before heading to bed.