Gold Strike Hot Spring Trail

HARD 332 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 October until May.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
935 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 to the public from May 1 until October 1. 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

It was as a good hike a lot of climbing , upper body work out for sure. On the way down and on the way up. You can take children that are into the adventure.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was absolutely beautiful and challenging for me (I have no experience bouldering) I was able to hike the whole trail with a little help from fellow hikers when going up the ropes, so don’t let the rating scare you... it’s totally doable for anybody! The hot pools are a wonder... I’ll definitely be going back!

6 days ago

Awesomly beautiful trail, loved the rope climbing

hiking
12 days ago

Loved this trail. Thought it was more moderate than hard. Scrambling and sliding down the boulders was fun. The ropes were challenging but very doable. Coming up was much easier than going down. Views were beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

Awesome hike! Has various challenges but sooooooooo much fun! The payoff is at the end!!

hiking
15 days ago

This hike is epic. It includes lots of technical bouldering and scaling drop offs with ropes that are provided. Don’t let the short mileage fool you—this is a very demanding hike!

hiking
16 days ago

One of the best trails near Las Vegas. My favorite so far. Fairly difficult but rewarding. I made a short video about this trail.

Here's the link: https://youtu.be/GCxh09GPPg0

hiking
26 days ago

Awesome hike. A bit tough but hey, what’s a hike without a challenge? Was fun and would highly recommend it.

1 month ago

excellent challenging trail with beautiful views!

1 month ago

Omg!!! What a challenging awesome hard trail!! Such great views walking thru the canyon. Lots of water and lots of springs (steaming water) some challenging areas going down holding on to a rope, going up was even harder. Ended up at the bottom of the canyon at the Colorado river looking onto the new Hoover damn bridge!!

hiking
1 month ago

This is my favorite hike in the Las Vegas area. It starts off pretty easy, but after a short while you have to climb down some ropes to continue on and it progressively gets harder. It is really a beautiful hike. The hot springs are really nice and relaxing, but there's a lot of traffic through here so you'll be lucky if you can get into one.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a magical trail! Along the way down to Black Canyon you'll pass many canyon walls and formations, big horn sheep, boulders to climb over, and many hot springs including the "Venus Cave." My mother told me that the "Venus Cave" has been used for a spiritual rebirthing ritual. The cave entrance resembles the female genitalia (see pictures). You swim unclothed through a five foot underwater tunnel (vagina) which opens up into a dark cave called the "womb" where you float on your back in the 98 degree water and meditate. When you are ready to come out, you swim back through the the tunnel and you are reborn.

1 month ago

Awesome hike. Some fun scrambling if you want. Ropes to help you up and down. Not so much for kids, people tend to get naked in the hot springs.

very enjoyable hike! it starts off easy but by the end you are scaling down some surprisingly big rocks. be careful and be able to climb up some boulders with only some rope as help.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. hiked many times. ppl please pack it in pack it out. also be aware of the lack of daylight. allow yourself enough time to get in and out. novice hikers may take around 3-4 hours round-trip. more experienced hikers can do it in Two. always amazing views and ppl from around the world. Shout out Germany.
#oghike_lv....hot springs are great...

1 month ago

So much fun! Bring water and wear shoes with good traction. Some of the rock drop offs are slick.

2 months ago

Wow! Great hike recommended by a local Vegas citizen. Took 3+ hours there and back. Several hit springs you can relax in too. Strenuous climbing and scrambling. View of Colorado River is breathtaking.

hiking
2 months ago

Fantastic Hike! Very Challenging. Great workout for the whole body. We completed it in 5 hours with an hour break. We are a couple in our 60's. I needed a little help from Hubby to get up and down the ropes and slides but we came through it unscathed. Tired but totally satisfied. The hot water that comes out of the rocks at the river over towards the bridge is scalding hot. Don't miss it!

hiking
2 months ago

My favorite and most challenging trail around the Vegas Valley and can be safe if dressed appropriately and hiking with enough water. Give yourself at least 30-60 min at the end to enjoy the view and have a lunch and if you go over to the right side by the rocks the water has warm pockets all around the edge of the Colorado River.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hotsprings near vegas; but go Early to avoid lots of other hikers

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