Scott and I had our first date at T.G.I. Friday's. It was a lunch date. We were just getting to know each other and he asked me what kind of things I liked to do. I listed a couple things which are now forgotten but I clearly remember saying "I like to play the piano and I like to go hiking." Which is somewhat funny, because I wasn't a big hiker. This is not something I did on a regular or semi-regular basis. But anytime I got a chance to do it I just LOVED being outdoors and stomping up a trail.
We went hiking once together that summer with a group of roommates up the side of Mount Timpanogas. But then . . . we never went again. Kids happened. Hiking with toddlers isn't really awesome.
But the last couple years, especially since being in Vegas, we have been hiking up a storm! And I just love it! And Scott knows that I love it. So when HE suggests that we go exploring/hiking for the weekend I know that he is doing it to feed my love language.
This weekend we grabbed some water bottles, a few directions from Yelp, and hopped in Scott's truck in search of Anniversary Narrows. It is an unmarked, unlisted hike in the Lake Mead area. I know a family in our ward that has hiked there and I had a very small magazine article about the hike taped to my fridge for the past few months. It shouldn't be that hard to find, right?
Well . . . . let's just say there was plenty of trial and error as we drove back and forth on gravel roads in the desert, trying to pay attention to landmarks so we didn't get lost. But we found it and it was well worth it! At the bottom of this post I will share more accurate and helpful directions than the ones we started out with.
The hike area begins near some old abandoned mines (you can see one on the left-center of this photo). They are fenced off and although other people went up close to peer in (and some ridiculous people have gone inside the mines and posted photos online), we were not in that group. In my opinion, dark abandoned mines are on the bad list.
After a short walk around the mines you get to a wilderness marker (a pole in the ground) that marks the beginning of this amazing hike through a slot canyon. We were in for a treat!
We hiked as far as the end of the canyon, rested a minute, and then turned around and came back. Another family kept going on the trail, but I don't know where or how far it continued. Round trip the hike was roughly 1.5 miles.
Here's a short video that shows what the hiking terrain was like. (The boys are absent from the video because we let them run ahead to the truck on the return trip.)
And here are the GOOD directions that I promised:
*From Henderson take Lake Mead Parkway east all the way out to Lake Mead. Pay the $10 fee at the entrance. Soon after you will turn LEFT on Northshore Road.
*Drive to milepost 16 and pull over on the left-hand (north) side of the road. This is Callville Wash "road". I use the term "road" very loosely as it is about 3 feet of asphalt followed by desert gravel.
*When you get to the first Y in the road stay LEFT. There should be a sign that says "Anniversary Mine Road 94A". You're on the right track!
*Continue for a while . . . . When you see a big white sign with red lettering that says "WELCOME TO THE ORE CAR MINE" take the road to the LEFT (or rather, straight). Do not take the nicer looking road to the right. It leads to Anniversary Mine which is gated, private property. We know this because we went that way first.
*Then, about 3/4 of a mile down the road you will come to a T in the road. Turn RIGHT. (Going left will also take you to some gated private property. We also know this because we went that way first. Noticing a trend here?)
*About 100 yards down you will see a crumpled up chain link fence. I thought it looked vandalized and we turned around the first time we came to it. But no, this is exactly where you want to be. Go through the gate and you have reached the mines!
*You can park right there, or if you have a high-clearance 4x4 vehicle you can continue driving all the way to the wilderness marker (a pole in the ground) that marks the beginning of the Anniversary Narrows trail.
Can you see why we got turned around so many times? It is not an easy place to find if you're a first timer with sketchy directions from Yelp.