6 miles, 5.5 hours in duration, over 1,200′ in elevation change, rated Moderate.
It is always fun to share a hike with family and friends. To share the Arizona Hot Springs five out of five star hike is something special. This hike really has just about everything: desert, canyon, slot canyon, hot spring, Colorado River, beauty and with enough elevation to give you a workout.
This is a well traveled hike and on an early Spring weekday with temperatures in the 70’s we encountered about as many hikers as degrees on the thermometer, which is not to bad on a 6 mile hike (7.5 miles for us according to my health app. We took a couple little side tours.)
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is a pleasant walk beside a saltwater marsh area, along a trail filled with lush greenery. It is fairly flat until you venture upon Annie’s Canyon. What a delight working through this little slot canyon. It was so cool, more than I expect with a tight squeeze, twists and turns as you went up. Annie’s Canyon was different then other slot canyons I have been to. It was close quarters, just room for one at a time and it went up in elevation. Others slots I have been in where fairly flat, but this had a bit of a climb. The sign said strenuous, but I would not describe it that way. I with describe it as fun.
Location: NW Arizona, SE of Las Vegas, just south of Hoover Dam. Time: Late Fall/Early Winter. Activity: Day hike.
Left Las Vegas, Nevada with a friend. Headed Southeast over the Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge into Mohave County, Arizona. Crossed Highway 93 long before the Chloride turnoff and parked in a paved parking lot. Gathered daypack, followed the trail under U.S. 93 and headed towards the Colorado River. The hike was, well, see for yourself!
My friend Jackie as she makes her way through the start of the slot canyons.