Although we are not trying to rush our journey, northern Nevada is cold. We left Winnemucca with its snow and ice all over our camp spot to head south. Our goal for the day was to make it to Walker Lake which was about a 4 hour drive. Checking the weather, Walker Lake was warmer then a few other spots we looked at, and it is a lake with several BLM campgrounds along it. Along the way we decided to stop off at Fort Churchill State Park. Heidi talked about Fort Churchill on the previous post so I won’t go too much more into it other then mentioning that it was an Army base dating back to 1860 to protect the pony express and people heading west and there are some cool ruins there.
Fort Churchill State Park
After hiking around the park and eating lunch we left for Walker Lake. It was only about an hour drive from Fort Churchill State Park. When we got there it was better then we had expected. It is a pretty lake with cool rocky hills along the highway side of the lake. There were three BLM camping areas along the lake and we stopped off at Sportsman’s Beach which was the largest of the three. There was only one other camper in the campground so we had our pick of some premium spots. It was still pretty cold there, but it was a sunny day and it was still much warmer then Winnemucca.
Walker Lake, Nevada
Heading to Beatty, Nevada next. Beatty is the proclaimed gateway to Death Valley. We are going to spend a few days exploring before heading down into the valley. I have heard they built some mountain bike trails built there in the last few years and we plan to check them out.