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Bonanza Peak via Spring Mountain Divide Trail

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Toiyabe National Forest

Bonanza Peak via Spring Mountain Divide Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Indian Springs, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 3,179 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

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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. 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, pack lots of water.

USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF Spring Mtns NRA (702) 515-5400 emerg (702) 872-5306

I-95 N from Las Vegas, continue past SR 157 (Mt. Charleston-Kyle Canyon) and SR 156 (Lee Canyon), and head as if driving to Indian Springs. Look for small green sign on the freeway for Cold Creek (approx. 5 miles past Lee Canyon Ski Area turnoff), turn off freeway here and drive up the mountain past the prisons (State, Federal, work camps) toward the town of Cold Creek (approx. 15 miles). Continue driving (slowly -- look out for wild horses on & along road) until you reach the end of pavement on main road. Drive up the gravel 4WD road towards Camp Bonanza approx. 2 1/2 miles until it ends into the parking area. There is no gas, phones, or services of any type in the town of Cold Creek -- be sure you are prepared. Only pull your horse trailer part of the way to Camp Bonanza, pull off to the L on one of the dirt roads and park/unload horses there (limited pkg/turn around at trailhead). The walk-in campground is up the hill, AWAY from the trailhead in pkg area.

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Megan Kock
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Hard hike but make sure when you leave the top you keep to the trail and stay to the right. Easy to get lost.

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Henry Chyung
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Although the trail did not seem overly steep/challenging, it still took me four hours and forty minutes to complete the hike. Even though I was feeling sluggish today, the trail definitely seemed longer than 7.9 miles. As a reference point, I hiked Raintree Trail (5.3 miles and over 1,800 foot climb) last week in two hours and twenty minutes (half the time). I would also add that Raintree Trail was more difficult. Anyway, this is a fantastic hike with really nice views. Next time I'll definitely use bug spray (lots of gnats). The two mile dirt road approaching the trailhead was pretty rough on my car but it's doable.

Johanna Twiford
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Joseph Crowell
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Well defined snow free trail for the first 1.3 miles - beyond that the trail is concealed. Snow is soft in the afternoon.

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Joseph Crowell
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Still a little too early (April 2, 2020) unless you have snow shoes. Snow starts at the trailhead and gets progressively deeper. Only made it about half way, turned back due to waist deep snow.

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Brian Jolly
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Definetely felt like more than 87 switchbacks! Pretty much up hill the whole way, you will feel the burn and then some! Trail is easy followable, beautiful views, you can see Pahrump once up on the saddle. Pack a lunch and wear good shoes and socks. Wild horses and deer are all over this area. Service is intermittent.

Tommy AK
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Great getaway from the Vegas heat. The switchbacks will make you feel the burn, but the views are pretty awesome on the way up. The peak itself is covered in Pines, so we climb up the rocky peaks just north of the summit. There is a clearing about 100 yards from the trailhead where you can camp. There is just a fire ring but no other amenities. Each time we've camped, there was no else on the mountain. Awesome isolation.

Todd Mackiewicz
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I have a Hyundai Elantra so I parked my car at the beginning of the gravel road and walked to the trailhead. if you do this it will add 4 miles to your hike up and back....and at least 1.5hrs

Tara Weber
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Great trail. It seemed a little longer than 8 miles. Left at 7am and finished by 12:30 with many breaks and a stop at the top. No more snow in the trail. The gravel road to get there is pretty rough, so make sure the car you take has a higher clearance.

Paul kuvelis
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The trail has quite a bit of snow on it. I had to turn around at the 2.3 mile mark due to not being able to find the trail.

James Carfagno
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Had to turn around at about the 1.6 mile point, as the trail was undiscernable beneath the snow.

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Morrie Low
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The drive to the trailhead(from Vegas) is a little longer than other hikes on Mt. Charleston. Once you get to Cold Creek, the road changes to gravel. I wouldn’t try to make this drive in a car. We have a Subaru Impreza outback sport and we were scraping in some places. If you don’t have the clearance you could high center. Truck or SUV recommended. The hike itself is wonderful. Amazing views on the way up. Lots of switchbacks. Good amount of shade. We were the only hikers on the trail that day, so I’d you’re looking for a secluded hike, give this one a shot. The last person to sign the book at the summit was there 4 days before us. Bring lots of water and make sure you use the bathroom at a gas station on the 95. There are no services in cold creek. Hike is more like 9 miles rather than the stated 7.9.

H Andress
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Very scenic, with a surprising amount of lookout points all along the trail considering how well-forested it is. Well known for its switchbacks, but nothing that can't be overcome by taking it slow and steady. Not particularly difficult to find the turn-off to leave the Divide Trail and reach the peak. Definitely a recommended hike!

Christian Fox
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Did the hike on the 18th of May and to my surprise there was still a lot of ice on the trail especially in the upper part where there is more shadow in the woods. It is a steep hike with some beautiful outlooks but not really hard to go. I recommend waiting until the end of June for the ice to melt or try the southern route.

Jeffrey M.
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Great Hike! Offers good scenic views of both the East and West sides of the Spring Mountains!

Johnny Volonino
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This was a fantastic day hike. Lots of wildlife. Very secluded. Cell coverage at the parking lot and the summit. Nothing along the way.

Ryan Conger
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Panoramic views and great spots to camp. This hike is a must for anyone who likes to feel accomplished.

Zach England
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It was killer.

Vegas Hiker
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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.

Tessia Perkey
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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.

Di L.
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Vegas H.
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Jill Smith
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Linden Peterson
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Daniel Lee
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Ryan McFall
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Rob Martin
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