The Anniversary Mine is a ghost mine of sorts, having peaked in the 1920s tapping into Borate/Colemanite deposits. Walking around the mined area, just down the wash from the narrows, one can imagine bygone days when the mines were active. There are remnants of infrastructures protruding from the sides of mountains, wrecked cars wedged into crevasses at the tops of canyons and fenced off entrances to mine shafts.
Hiking up Lovell Wash for another half a mile or so, we reached the mouth of the narrows which is unexpectedly nondescript. Once you actually enter the narrows you realize how beautiful and striking the canyon is. The walls of the canyon shoot up some thirty feet overhead where the floor of the canyon is only a few feet wide. The narrows are cooler and shady so it is a relief to be there after a hot long hike. Being inside of the narrows was relaxing and peaceful. Even though there were many people in the area, it was easy to feel immersed in nature and away from the hum-drum of human activity.
This is definitely a destination for the cooler months. As usual, bring lots of water and do not enter the area when there is the threat of rain as the narrows and wash are extremely dangerous when water is flowing. As with any hike in the desert, be careful where you put your hands and feet so you don’t end up startling a venomous creature or stepping on an endangered plant.
Get out and enjoy the beauty of the desert.
For a good description of how to get to Anniversary Narrows, check out http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/LAME/LovellWash_Narrows/_Lov_Narrows.htm .