We drove up NV-447 (the road to Gerlach and Burning Man), but didn't go all that far north of Nixon before turning around and coming back. The roads up here are such that there are no convenient circular trips. 447 runs up past Gerlach and then on up to Cedarville in northeastern California, with no paved roads going east-west. On the way back south, we stopped briefly and took this picture of the lake from the east side, with the snow-capped Pah Rah Range in the distance. That's Anaho Island in the center right. The east side of the lake is mostly off limits aside from roadside pullouts.
At Nixon, we stopped at the store there to get something to drink and use the restroom. There we found something I didn't think still existed: a cache of dill pickle Pringles chips, which are my favorite flavor. I haven't been able to find them anywhere for ages, and I thought maybe they'd been discontinued, but the little Nixon store had some. I bought four of the five cans they had there.
Rather than go straight home, at Nixon we swung north up the west side of the lake on NV-446. We pulled off the road for this picture looking north across the lake. Anaho Island is at left, while in the center is the pyramid (one of many tufa formations, Anaho Island being the largest) that gives the lake its name.
We continued up to Sutcliffe, where at the Pyramid Lake Marina Store I took this photo looking east across the lake. The Pyramid is clearly visible at the left in the photo.
Going inside the store, I discovered that they also have the dill pickle chips. None of the large stores in Reno/Sparks/Fernley have them, but these two small stores in the Pyramid Lake Reservation have them. It was all I could do to keep from snapping all of them from the shelves.
The paved road ends a bit north of Sutcliffe (we drove that way once in Lisa's 4WD pickup to explore the abandoned site of Flannigan, where land is cheap but water is dear), so it was time to head south again. We considered taking NV-445 (the Pyramid Highway) back down to Sparks and doing some grocery shopping, but Lisa was feeling tired (she'd been up since midnight, she told me) and so we headed home at that point, having had a pleasant day of sight-seeing. Someday we need to come up here on a weekday afternoon and visit the fish hatchery. Kuma Bear wants to see the "salmon trout" for which John C. Fremont originally named the river now called the Truckee when his expedition explored this area in 1844.