Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail

HARD 261 reviews

Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder City, Nevada that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1292 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

trail running

walking

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

closed

no shade

no dogs

NOTE: Closed June-September 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. This trail can be too strenuous for dogs.

hiking
3 days ago

We tried this hike on 11/14/2017 and were not able to access the TH since access to Goldstrike Canyon Rd was closed off. We inquired with security and park services on how to access the trail and were advised that the only access to the TH was by crossing private land, and the land owner is forbidding people from using their property to access the TH. As responsible hikers, it's up to us to set the example by hiking responsibly and not crossing private property without permission. Park Services could not say how long the access road will be closed, but it's in-part due to the heavy road construction going on in the area. I recommend calling ahead to the Lake Mead Visitors and Information Center before heading out for this hike to check accessibility.

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

rock climbing
8 days ago

Fun canyon hike with a lot of boulders to navigate. I get scared of falling when I face a drop off, so the way in was harder for me. The climb back out was lots of fun. Overall a lot more strenuous than just a hike. The hot spring comes to the surface about halfway through the hike. The last of the upper pools was where we chose to soak. It was perfect. There is a last pool literally at the edge of the river to the right where the spring runs into the Colorado, so it's luke warm but has great views. Lots of fun but lots of garbage throughout. Come on people, do better. Needs a cleanup crew.

hiking
11 days ago

great trail beautiful views. lots of fun.

15 days ago

fun trail. challenging at times. be in shape and have some upper body strength to get out

15 days ago

15 days ago

One of my favorite hikes!

hiking
16 days ago

My favorite hike in the Las Vegas area! This is a MUST. Be prepared for some ropes (and waiting for those ropes) and also come ready to take a dip or at least dunk your feet. A change of clothes and/or a towel would have been helpful. Really popular hike so the earlier the better.

18 days ago

19 days ago

19 days ago

Just make sure you bring enough water! Worth the hike but can be hard going back from the Colorado river. So fair warning: it gets hard going back up.

22 days ago

beautiful hike

hiking
22 days ago

easy first half but super hard last half but so worth the effort!

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Must haves: hiking shoes with serious grip, water, time and patience! This is an excellent hike, beautiful scenery and rocks. Take your time and don't rush it, even the ropes are difficult, but worth it when you get through and move on. Rocks get smoother and more slippery as you descend, especially once your feet get wet. Take your time, it's worth it!

hiking
27 days ago