We decided to do a hike in Lake Mead Recreation Area, a place we haven't really explored near las Vegas.
This hike has a little bit of everything - rock hounding, mining ruins, canyon narrows, red rocks, a peak, and really fun route finding.
The hike was a loop so it didn't really matter where we left the truck. Could have driven this first mile and a half but would have had to walk it at the end. Decided to do the road in the first part of the hike.
About a mile from where we parked we came across this sign.
Some tailing piles and the wash at the exit of Anniversary Narrows. We'll drop down into there and walk a couple miles up the canyon.
Starting up the canyon.
Right from the start the patterns in the rock were really striking.
A short ways up the canyon we came across these ruins and some tunnels.
Finally we get to the narrows section. Really nice rock through here, but bad lighting. Oh well.
Towards the end of the narrows there is a short section of this angled and wavy really pink rock. Haven't seen anything like this before.
Emerging from the narrows.
After a long walk through the wide upper canyon, we turn out of it by scrambling up this dry fall. Finding the proper exit is tricky - there are lots of hills and walls an canyons running through here and it's easy to get walled out. I was very thankful for a detailed GPS track, but even then it was a bit complicated.
After finding our way across the more complicated terrain, we gain this ridge and follow it to the low point on the range.
The ridge to the saddle
David following the ridge. You can see the maze-like terrain behind us. The canyon we came from is to the left.
View from the saddle into the Bowl of Fire
Bowl of Fire
To complete the loop we head along the range ridge to the high point "Anniversary Peak". We can descend into the bowl of fire from the less insanely steep slope on the other side of the peak.
View into the Muddy Mountains from the climb to Anniversary
David camo'd against the rock on the final piece of the scramble to the summit. This was a fun one!
On the summit of Anniversary Peak - I don't think it's an official name (nothing labeled on any maps I have found) but hey, there was a register.
Looking back along the ridge. Canyon approach to the left of this image, Bowl of Fire on the right.
Lake mead in the distance. The terrain was much gentler on this side of the peak, nice for the descent.