Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail

HARD 233 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.

4 minutes ago

super hard.. if you're an experienced mountain climber then piece of cake LOL.. it's worth the struggle

5 days ago

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hiking
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hiking
16 days ago

Went yesterday Aug 7th the trail is closed till Oct 1st. Trespassing will get $5K fine and 6 mon of jail time... not worth it to be a rebel. Can't wait till it open again...

Overall I been to this trail twice and it's not easy maneuvering all those big boulder rocks but there is a view at the end that's worth every steps and every climbs. The hot spring is amazing to dip inn.

19 days ago

Went out of season yesterday and got a citation. Worth it

hiking
21 days ago

I loved this hike, and its the one reason I don't hate the Vegas area. It was my introductory to the knowledge of what scrambling is and my declaration of loving it. Be prepared to jump, climb, lift, scurry, and/or slide yourself around, over, and between boulders. In other words, be somewhat in shape or you may be miserable. I don't understand the recommendation for hiking gloves. I'm not really sure why those exists unless its cold out. Build some callouses, get your hands dirty, feel the earth. But do bring lots of water! There's very minimal shade, so bring sunscreen and reapply often. Enjoy the drastic difference in water temperature where the hot spring stream meets the cold Colorado River!

1 month ago

Really fun hike and great workout ,it's about 4 to 5 hours round trip ,bring Water ( at least 3 or 4 bottles ) . Be prepare to climb and the best part is dip into the Colorado river ( if you don't like cold water I don't recommend it )

hiking
1 month ago

Go early so your not racing for the ropes.
Once you hit the bottom you can cliff jump. But current is pretty strong.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Amazing all day hike. expect people to be around...less busy days during the week. If it's warm bring plenty of water. Also if your scared to heights and adventure...don't go.

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

As mentioned by others this is closed from June to Sept. It has some rock scrambles and some fixed ropes. Most of the hike is exposed to sun, and becomes hotter as you get closer to the river.
Suggestions:
1)arrive early - the parking area gets packed quickly
2) bring climbing gloves or just well fitted gloves, the ropes are old/frayed and tough on hands (ropes may or may not be in place - just luck of the draw)
3) double the water you'd have normally
4) standard first aid kit
5) sunscreen/hat
6) footwear that can get wet and retain grip, ankle support

It's an interesting hike, mostly just walking on sand but the scrambling and view at the end add to the fun. Lots of unprepared folks on the ropes, patience and kindness helps.

3 months ago

what a great hike! love the rock scrambles-can't wait to do that again

hiking
3 months ago

Such a fun trail with fun little challenges to get over and down large boulders and then a rewarding hot spring at the end! Like everyone else said, make sure to bring a lot of water with you!

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

4 months ago

favorite hike close to Vegas

4 months ago

Great hike!! This is not a beginners hike. If you are look for a leisurely walk this hike is not it. Be mindful of the temperature and bring plenty of water.

trail running
4 months ago

Really fun trail!! But first off it's 12.4km (7.7miles) round trip.. not 4.5 miles... it involves lots of boulders to climb up and down with some using ropes to help you.. lots of fun.. bring lots of water.. trail closed June-sept says the sign at the trail head