Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail

HARD 399 reviews

Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Boulder City, Nevada that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from October until May.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
912 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

rock climbing

hot springs

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

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
1 day ago

The only hike worth doing over and over again, so many new ways to hike it, especially if you’re a climber.

hiking
5 days ago

I love the trail! Its a bit challenging but at the end of the trail, you can see a bridge, and there are a hot tubs to get into. Along the trail, you have to do like 4-5 rappelling.

9 days ago

This is a MUST for anyone who enjoys real hiking. This trail is difficult but certainly doable for anyone who is even barely athletic. My husband and I traveled to Las Vegas in December for a little getaway and did this trail in about 4.5 hours there and back. We go to the gym occasionally but are by no means pros. My biggest piece of advice is invest in some gloves that have plastic ridges on the inside to increase your grip on the rocks as you are climbing over them and trying to hold on. Your heart will definitely race while on some parts of this trail, making it down and back is not an easy task. Your feet will probably get wet and you will definitely come away with some scrapes and minor bruises but don’t fret too much, the experience of this hike will leave you in awe of nature and your own ability to do this hike. The view at the river was beautiful but the springs were too shallow when we went there and we were chasing the sunlight so didn’t have a chance to swim. If you are slow like we were start early by at least 10am to make it back by 3-4pm. It gets dark quickly by about 4:45 it is already dark in the canyon.
FYI there is another canyon called white canyon just on the other side and it has a much easier trail and apparently deeper hot springs.

12 days ago

Such a great hike! I was confused why with this little elevation gain and distance it is ranked difficult, but there’re like 6 spots where you can only get down/up with the help of those ropes. And yes going back up with wet shoes after a chill hot spring session is less fun, but gosh it’s pretty!

hiking
12 days ago

Excellent hike that gets the upper body involved more than most hikes. Perfect day in early Jan with clear skies and 50 degrees. Lots of college age hikers but was never crowded. If solo, keep in mind that anything you climb down you will have to climb back up, possibly with wet boots.

hiking
15 days ago

Incredible Scenery!!

21 days ago

Fantastic! Like a jungle gym or obstacle course. Worth making it to the bottom. I’m 57 and did this with my 23 yr old son. Needed his hand up or down a bunch of times but it was a blast!

23 days ago

took this hike in dec 2018 with my 12 yo niece. was worried about the “hard” level, but it was nothing for her. she was able to handle the boulder climbing and ropes no problem. seen a whole family with a 8 yo hiking too.

24 days ago

Easy hike until you reach the points where you need to use the ropes or scramble through the boulders to pass. Still not that hard but it’s a busy trail and we ran into a few bottlenecks where we had to wait for groups with younger children or older adults to get through. The hot springs were great, especially if you’ve never seen hot springs before.

hiking
27 days ago

Distance - it is 3.2 miles from the parking lot to the Colorado River, 6.4 miles round trip. I don't understand the widely varying distances reported, especially the official 2.2 mile "official" quote. This is a straightforward, easy-to-follow trail with very little route finding. I am 70 years old and did this hike alone. I was fine going down, but the slippery rocks coming back up from the bottom were difficult and dangerous. Luckily I ran into two other hikers that helped me through the tough spots. I do NOT recommend hiking this alone. Usually going up is the easy part, and coming back down is where you get into trouble, but not on this hike

hiking
1 month ago

The app tells me it's 9.4 miles, 3,205' elevation gain, moving time of 3:52. 4:01 total time. (But if you look at my recording its all over the place.) I did do a little wondering along the way but not that much. The trail can be hard to locate at times, but it will only take a minute or two to figure out which way to go. Its challenging but not impossible. Like the description states...one of the ropes is a bear especially on the way back. and with wet boots. Which is almost a 100% chance.
Once you get to the river its worth it. The water was low so there was plenty of room to walk around.

Also....I challenge everyone to pick up at least one piece of trash along the way.

1 month ago

challenging

hiking
1 month ago

Just a note on distance. You see a wide range of distances recorded for Gold Strike Canyon. Some over 10 miles and some at 8 miles or less. From near the new parking area, the total distance, round-trip is 5.2 miles, according to the Park Service. At a brisk walk, I can make it down to the river in about an hour. Even on a flat surface, I would not be able to do 4 or 5 miles in an hour. Why are the distance recordings so varied? If you look at them, the data points are bouncing all over the place. Even if a person moved only a short distance, the GPS data point might be 100 feet to the right of you one moment and then 30 feet to the left and 20 feet up the next. This makes it appear you are going a lot further than you actually are. I suspect this is because of the high canyon walls bouncing the GPS signal before it reaches your phone, giving your phone wrong information about where you actually are. Even though it is shorter than you might think, it is still incredibly beautiful and a great workout!

hiking
1 month ago

Wow! What a beautiful hike!
It’s pretty advanced and requires a decent level of fitness, as there a several areas with ropes where you have to use them to help yourself get up or down. After the ropes begin, you will soon discover the hot springs that will lead you down to Colorado River just south of Hoover Dam.
The entire hike took a little over 5 miles and about 5 hours for a group of 6 of us to complete - worth every minute and every scratch I got!

hiking
1 month ago

LONG HIKE. Love going here. For the first half it mostly walking. The second half is a lot of defending boulders which take a lot of time. The hots springs are nice just avoid getting your head wet because there is brain eating amoeba (naeglaria fowleri) in the springs. The walls of the trail are very nice. Reaching the Colorado river is nice. I would avoid going when it’s hot because I’m the walking portion of the hike there is no shade. Brings SNACKS and ELECTROLYTES because it is a workout!

hiking
1 month ago

This was one of my favorite hikes because it really involves climbing rocks with some locations requiring rope. there's a half point where water and other goods(clothes) can be left for others in need. definitely heavily trafficked.

1 month ago

Amazing hike! Definitely alot of physical work climbing rocks and ropes. A must try if you love hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a good workout and the risk is well worth the reward in the end!

2 months ago

Great hike at night. Plan on 8 miles down to the lower spring. Well worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Definitely hard but still doable! Totally worth it, must get in the springs & go to the lake. So beautiful & relaxing before the hike back

2 months ago

Awesome !!! It’s a 3hrs to get all the way down to the lake and another 3 hrs back ... 8 miles in total

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike for all ages! Some technical areas, bouldering, ropes in place. Heavily trafficked.

rock climbing
2 months ago

Great trail, first time bouldering! Back snacks and enough water. Gloves for climbing rocks helpful.

2 months ago

Best Hike in Las Vegas!!! Moderate-Diff Intensity Hike but VERY worth it at the end. BRING a small backpack with swim or hot tub gear and WATER & SNACKS for when you get to the end but pack light ;)

2 months ago

Went last week (October 2018); fun bouldering, slot canyon, springs and river access. Plus some hidden spots that are fun to find.

2 months ago

Enjoyed the bouldering, went w/gr8 company, love that it went to the river. I'll do it at least once more and have recommended it. Sad about the the garbage but that's probably inevitable.

2 months ago

Amazingggggg hike. A true gem really. The canyon is beautiful. Some bigger climbs down on the trail which can be somewhat strenuous for solo hikers. The canyon can get pretty chilly this time of year through the narrows if the canyon so you may bring a jacket just in case. Beware the trails are somewhat hard to read due to no signs but you can keep track by footprints along the path. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic bouldering down to the Colorado. Took my wife and 10 and 13 year old boys. Fun and challenging. My wife’s current favorite hike. Well worth it. Plan on a dip in the river as well.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a very exciting hike/rock climbing experience for me im glad I did it, it was strenuous but it’s worth it in the end,I definitely liked this one it is different from my regular hikes because it includes a lot of rock climbing but the experience is what counts so it’s something you won’t regret even if you’re a regular hiker

3 months ago

Two friends and I completed this yesterday 10/13/2018. I was not really prepared for the physical side, but this was such an amazing experience. The gorgeous canyon views and hot springs make it worth while!

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