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