Bonanza Peak (via Cold Creek) is a 7.9 mile out and back trail located near Indian Springs, Nevada and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Strenuous hike in isolated area frequented by game - great trail for horses ! If you ride horses, or prefer more isolated areas to hike, you already know about Cold Creek. Instead of riding/hiking from the lower ponds (crowded on weekends), try Willow Springs, Wheeler Pass, Mud Springs, Buck Naked trail, or Bonanza Trail. Heavily frequented by wild horses, elk and deer; it is extremely important to respect these animals and their precious habitat. You must be a self-sufficient desert hiker, prepared for emergencies -- it could easily be days or weeks before you see another hiker. The hills up to Bonanza Peak are covered with either wildflowers or pine trees. There are supposedly 80 switchbacks on this trail, but I get distracted watching game and the incredible views and lose count. In my opinion, this climb is less strenuous than either the North or South Loop trails in Mt. Charleston; but it's not a beginner's hike. There is a log book to sign at the peak, which is off a "hidden path" from the main trail. Dry hike, take LOTS of H2O!
Great Hike! Offers good scenic views of both the East and West sides of the Spring Mountains!
This was a fantastic day hike. Lots of wildlife. Very secluded. Cell coverage at the parking lot and the summit. Nothing along the way.
Panoramic views and great spots to camp. This hike is a must for anyone who likes to feel accomplished.
It was killer.
The trail does not actually go to the summit. (The trail will eventually take you back to Lee Canyon where it intersects with the Bristlecone Trail, about 20 miles).
From the Bonanza Trail trailhead in Cold Creek, follow the obvious trail up to the saddle at the top of the ridge. From the saddle, looking west into the valley below will be Pahrunp NV. It will feel like there were 50 switchbacks. I don't know the exact number, but there are a lot of them. Once you attain the saddle, turn to your left (south) and you will again see the very obvious trail heading off towards a wooded area. Stay on the trail, ascending mostly gentle switchbacks. Each and every switchback you come to will lead to an ascending trail. When you get to the first switchback that is very obviously descending, go back 10 yards and look for a cairn on the high side of the trail (on your right if you turned around before viewing the descending switchbacks). Do NOT follow down the descending trail. Leave the trail at the cairn and ascend cross country to the ridgeline and ultimately the peak. It should not take more than 10 minutes to get to the peak from where you left the trail.
This was a spectacular hike. My husband and I took this hike in June 2006, the weather was perfect. To be so close to the wild horses was amazing and they were a couple baby horses also. There was still a little bit of snow up top. Beautiful views, you could hear the wind approaching and were above the birds flying around.Would love to do this hike again. We are from Georgia so if we get out that way again this is a definite to do.