Bonanza Peak via Spring Mountain Divide Trail

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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.

Distance: 7.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,179 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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wild flowers

wildlife

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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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

snow
4 months ago

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.

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

hiking
Sunday, September 23, 2018

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.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

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!

hiking
Monday, May 22, 2017

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.

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

hiking
Thursday, June 11, 2015

It was killer.

hiking
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 09, 2012

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.

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