Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder City, NV that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.
A strenuous hike through a wonderful canyon to some hot springs pools. This hike is one of a kind. There are 8 fixed ropes if you go all the way to the river. Some are difficult especially when coming back up. You will have wet boots and having them hold on the boulders you need to climb can be a slippery affair. At the 1.5 mile point of the hike, you come to the first obstacle, a large boulder with what looks like a nasty drop off. If you look at the rock wall to your right, you'll see some steps in the rock wall. There is a strap here to help you down the steps. Coming back, you really don't need the strap although it will give those who want some security an aid to come back up. A short distance after this, the wash opens into its widest of the hike, and several washes come in together. Keep walking down and you'll come to the next rope. This goes down the left side of the rock wall. This isn't difficult to do. You just need to use the rope as intended and walk down backwards while moving down the rope. There is one other slight work around in this area, too. There's a dry fall that some slide down. There is a blue arrow painted on the rocks to the left of the chute showing you how to walk around and down this dry fall. After you have cleared these obstacles, you arrive at what once was the Upper Goldstrike Hot Springs pools. Sadly, most have dried up. There are a few pools farther down that still have water, but you'll see the remnants of the pools that no longer have any source for filling. The rest has 5 fixed ropes, the last being a bit difficult, especially when you're coming back and you have those wet boots.
We had read reviews prior to heading out on this hike and wanted to clear up some details that were lacking or misrepresented. First, the trail head is located on the Nevada side of the Hoover Dam. If you are coming from Las Vegas/Henderson, take exit 2 off I93 BEFORE you cross the Pat Tillman Bridge. At the end of the exit ramp, make a right at the stop sign and go down the hill into a dirt parking lot where you will most likely see other cars and eventually the trail head sign. If you accidentally go over the bridge into Arizona, simply take the first exit (also exit 2) and get back onto I93 north to come back over the bridge and then as you come off the exit ramp, turn left at the stop sign go under the underpass and then straight down the hill into the parking lot.
The first part of the trail is a long meandering walk with a relative downhill through a dry riverbed like area. There is a mixture of gravel and rock so it's like hiking through dense sand in places. I recommend wearing hiking boots/shoes with good socks and put your water shoes in your backpack for later. There is an area where some old car parts are buried into the rock and hanging on the edge of the hill, but its not the car graveyard another review suggested. About 45 minutes to an hour into the hike you begin to get to the larger rocks where you will work your way down via ropes, slides or in some cases jumping. There are often multiple routes down so good to check the different routes prior to choosing based on what you feel most comfortable with. I am 5'6" and was thankful to have long legs for some parts of this hike. There were definitely a lot of children on the hike, and they did it, but not without help. About 75-90 minutes into the hike you come to the first pool. It is very small and if you are thinking the hot springs of Colorado or pools of Hawaii, change your outlook. The water is hot though and people were taking a dip. My personal preference would not be to sit in the water. As you continue to hike down you get into the more technical parts of the climb with ropes and larger boulders and drops to navigate. It was not difficult for us, but you should take your time. When there are a lot of people on the trail, courtesy is 1 up 1 down. In some places we got held up quite some time as people just kept coming up in a large group instead of allowing for a shared system and faster pace hikers to move through. Nonetheless, you come down to the larger pools where indeed people were sitting and soaking. The rocks do start to get wet and you need to be careful of moss covered places as you hike so you don't slip. And then, you finally get down to the base of the canyon and come upon the Colorado River with the Pat Tillman Bridge in the background. It is a beautiful view and a great place to stop and have a bite of lunch before you head back up. You will require more strength hiking back up so do take some time to rest at the river's edge before you make the hike back up.
We hiked this trail on November 19th so the trail was in the sun half the time and shade half the time. We started the hike at 10:30 am in the morning so it was in the 60's when we started. Wear a couple layers of clothes that you can peel off and put in your back pack. Since the hike back is a gradual climb in elevation and a lot of climbing you will get warm. I wore light pants to stay cool but protect my legs. If you hike this in the summer, I imagine it would be very hot, but the reward would be taking a dip in the river. We hike fairly regularly and consider ourselves athletic and this trail took us 3 1/2 hours total time when you factor in the waiting time on some of the ropes and our lunch break.
Recommended Gear: Hiking boots and socks, pack water shoes if you want to go in the river or pools. Bathing suit and towel if you want to swim. Suntan lotion, water, snacks and a garbage bag to pack out your items. Hat, sunglasses, tank top, long sleeve and jacket that you can layer. Back pack to hold your belongings. Bring your camera and Go Pro. Many people were wearing gym shoes. That is ok, just be careful with the lack of grip they may provide.
We are fortunate to have many beautiful places to hike in Nevada. I would rate this 4 out of 5.
Have fun and enjoy!
Very hard, but totally worth it
Kicked out butts coming back but my wife and I had a blast
This is a great hike, but really you don't hike. You walk down a river bed to the hot springs and then onto the Colorado river. It's fun climbing all over the rocks, the hot springs are great! The best part is seeing the Colorado River! Only disappointing part is there is SO MUCH trash.
Super fun hike! Be prepared to work! You will literally be repelling down small boulders on the way down, which means you will need to pull yourself back up on the way out, which is part of what makes this such a fun hike! Do not do this hike in the summer time, temperatures in the canyon can exceed 120, no matter what time of year make sure to bring plenty of water!
That being said the hot spring pools are great and the end of the canyon opens up into the Colorado River, it's beautiful! Enjoy!
one of the most rewarding hikes ice ever done!
Hard 2 find, if u are heading out of vegas, go past hoover dam 4 miles take turn out parking, walk down "gulley". Keep following wash to river. It's worth the hike!
Best trail in Vegas area, a must see, beautiful views and challenging hike!
Great hike. Seems longer than 4.5 miles. Bring lots of water!
Amazing hike! Camped down by the river.
loved it lots of climbing go with experience hikers in groups lots of water go in the morning to return by afternoon. take hiking boots and gloves for ur hands lots lots of water . you will definitely feel and wake up sore the next day your whole body good work out.
Heads up - this trail is closed for the summer and will reopen in October. Hoping to save you all a drive out there!
great trail! have been down this one several times
I really enjoyed this trail. The scenery changed so much during the hike. It started off very plain and boring with loose gravel and not much to see. By the time you got halfway in it changed drastically and you could see crashed automobiles, which was wild. Walking over rusted Pistons was interesting. Colors started to get more vivid in the rocks and vegetation. The trail itself goes from very easy to challenging. Many people said this was easy but in my personal opinion it was challenging. I have little upper body strength and I'm short, therefore some of the ropes were difficult. I required assistance. I also suffer from anxiety. Some of the drop offs didn't help with that. I enjoyed turning corners and finding several hot springs to choose from to soak in. And the finale at the Colorado Rover was spectacular. The views were well worth the bruises, cuts and scrapes I got. Keep in mind this is a popular trail and sometimes the rope areas get congested with people going both directions. You might get stuck waiting for a while. I would suggest several items to bring with you for this hike. GLOVES to protect your hands from hot and sharp rocks, WATER SHOES to change into toward the end to protect your hiking shoes from getting wet and also the rocks in the river are sharp. WATER. BIODEGRADABLE TOILET PAPER as there are no portapotties and this can be a long day, SNACKS. SUNSCREEN. Also, please take your trash out with you. I was disappointed to see so much trash all over this otherwise lovely trail. It's not that hard to carry it out if you carried it in! LEAVE NATURE BEAUTIFUL so everyone can enjoy it.
Water was warm and not so bad of a hike about 3 miles till you get to the springs
thing to bring
water shoes for water. pointy rocks sharp rocks at the river.
plenty of water and snacks
goggles if you wanna see in the water
this hike has 8 rope climb down none of them are not difficult but the last 1
rope need maintain and for,asome people might be hard getting back up.