Anniversary Narrows Hike

Boulder City, NV

One of the most popular hikes in the Lake Mead area is the Anniversary Narrows.  This hike takes you through a number of abandoned mines into a great slot canyon.  To get to  the trailhead we drove about 31 miles from our park to mile marker 16 on the North Shore Road.  There we turned north and continued for about two miles on a decent dirt road to the entrance to the mine area.

Anniversary Mine Road

A description of this hike said the road would begin to get a bit rough beyond this point so we parked the Jeep and headed up the wash on foot.

As we headed up the wash we could see a couple of old mine entrances in the rocks above us.

Look again at the photo above and you can see two holes in the canyon wall in the left center.  They are two short tunnels miners made for a narrow gauge rail track to help bring ore down from another mine further up the wash.  The photo below is a better view of one of the tunnels.

Looking into one of the abandoned mines

After about a mile the wash narrows and you enter the slot canyon.

While the slot is mainly flat, there are a few spots requiring a bit of scrambling over choke stones.

The slot canyon is a bit over a half mile in length.  The wash then opens into a wide, fairly flat area.  The description of this hike said that there was a good place a bit up the wash to enjoy a wide vista.  But we had some trouble finding it as the wash forked, something not in the description.  We took the left fork but turned back after about a half mile and headed up the right fork along a colorful canyon wall.

After about a mile we spotted a cairn (rock pile marking a trail) so we turned and went up a small side wash.

We were not sure if this was the area in the trail description, but we found our way up one of the rises to enjoy a nice vista.

Looking for a good viewpoint

Nice view from the high spot

After enjoying the view we headed back down the wash.  Hikes like this are fun because, although you take the same route on the return, the views are all different.

Colorful rock along the wash

Rorschach test – what do you see?

We returned to the slot portion of the hike and found the sun was in a great position for some colorful scenery.

Back on the Anniversary Mine Road heading home

We really enjoyed this five and a half mile hike.  It is fairly easy, with a minimum of elevation gain and only a couple of spots requiring any climbing.   Guess it’s time for something a little more challenging!

More on that later . . .

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34 Responses to Anniversary Narrows Hike

  1. Don’t you wish the slot was longer? Your pictures are great!

  2. Sherry says:

    LOL at your last line! I was thinking how great the light was in your terrific pictures on the way in. I too love out and backs ad much as loops

  3. Erin says:

    And here I thought this was the hike you took on your anniversary! LOL! I failed the test … didn’t see a thing.

  4. I saw several human faces in that rock. I’ve finally quit seeing monkeys!
    That’s a nice little easy slot. Your photos are great!

  5. Looks like you guys are in the Colorado Desert, like we are. Lots of Creosote and dirt! The plant life is not as exciting as the Mojave or Sonoran Deserts. That’s one of the things we liked about driving up to Joshua Tree, we entered the Mojave Desert!

    Neat trail, can’t wait to see what the drill sargeant gets you into next!

    • placestheygo says:

      The desert here isn’t very exciting, a few cactus but there are lots of beautiful rocks!! I do like my desert covered in various cactus. I am really looking forward to getting back to the saguaro:)

      We are up for another challenge today! People keep telling us about these “great” hikes which are all quite difficult and who are we to not accept the challenge!

  6. Gay says:

    Slot canyons are always a favorite! I did see the human faces in the rock…
    And you are so right about the out and back trails. The trail doesn’t look the same. The lighting was perfect on those beautiful rock walls!

  7. LuAnn says:

    Looks like a nice slot canyon and the lighting was kind to you. Great photos! 🙂

  8. allisonmohr says:

    I just love it when the light hits a canyon like that.

  9. Suzanne says:

    Oh, what a sweet hike! I am going to remember that one as I travel south! (I failed the test, but now that you said “a mask,” I can see it. Gotta work more on my imagination. LOL!)

  10. Jodee Gravel says:

    Exploring the desert as a teenager I learned to mark the “way back” because it would look completely different when I turned around – winds generally blow in one direction so even just the sand around the bushes changes the look of the landscape, and you add in the change in lighting on the rocks…..sometimes it’s like you changed planets! You really captured the extreme color difference in those rock walls – wonderful pics!! I saw the face of the big Transformer (can’t remember his name) – the rock also looked painted at that spot 🙂
    Would you now drive that last mile to the slot after you’ve seen it on foot?

    • placestheygo says:

      Jodee, we knew we could drive right to the mouth of the slot with the Jeep. But the site we were following suggested we park and walk up the wash to visit the all the mine sites. It made the hike a little longer by adding to the beginning and end.

      We have learned here out west, especially in the rocks, that in and out hikes are great because of the differences seen in both directions. It is amazing, isn’t it, how the light changes everything.

  11. Laurel says:

    That’s one of the prettiest slot canyons I’ve seen. This is my kind of hike! I really enjoy your photo tours; it helps us decide on hikes that we want to do. You could publish a great hiking guide to the Southwest! (p.s. I want to know what you eat for breakfast to fuel your hiking adventures.)

    • placestheygo says:

      Thanks, Laurel:) So glad you are enjoying the photos. We are using the site for our hikes in this area. The author of the site does a wonderful job with directions, as well as, a photo tour of each hike which is so helpful. He also includes a map, coordinates, and mileage. The site has not only hiking trails but birding trails, backcountry roads, etc. He really does a super job. You’ll have to check it out.

      My breakfast is the same every morning…one whole egg, one egg white cooked in the microwave on a piece of Ezechial bread with half of a triangle of Laughing Cow. Kind of a poached egg on toast thing. It really is the only thing that holds me.

      • Laurel says:

        Sounds healthy and yummy. My breakfast is always eggs, as well — usually scrambled with smoked salmon, a side of sautéed spinach, and maybe a corn tortilla. If I don’t eat eggs for breakfast, I’m starving in an hour! Can’t wait to do some of these hikes you’ve been doing. 🙂

  12. Leigh says:

    Sorry we missed you guys – looking forward to Sunday!

  13. pmbweaver says:

    We love to do slot canyon hiking. There is so much beauty in doing a hike like this. The rocks are gorgeous and I especially like the fact that it wasn’t so difficult.

    Another unforgettable, beautiful hike.

  14. libertatemamo says:

    The Aluminarium guys (Leigh & Brian) introduced us to this hike earlier this year and it was one of our fav in the Lake Mead area. Glad you made it out there!!


  15. Rick Doyle says:

    Beautiful pics of the slot canyon and another great hike. It really reminded me a lot of one of our favourite Palm Springs hikes – the Painted Canyon. Lot’s of similarities only your slot canyon was bigger and more spectacular.

  16. Ingrid says:

    Sounds like my kind of hike. We’ll have to catch that one on our next time through. Enjoy your time with Leigh and Brian 🙂

  17. RJRVtravels says:

    Clearly another wonderful hike – you guys are wearing me out (and I am just reading about the hikes). Weather should be cooler and perfect for hiking on Sunday. Enjoy!

    • placestheygo says:

      Sorry, Rick! We still have two weeks of hiking left to go here:) It did finally cool down yesterday but should be back in the 80’s by the weekend. I guess this is unusually warm for this time of year.

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