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Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is a 6 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 nature trips and is best used from October until May.

Distance: 6.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,466 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no shade

no dogs

Please note: As of March 2020, trail is closed until further notice. This trail is closed in the summer (May 15 - Sept 30) because it is too hot. It is also recommended you leave dogs at home. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/lake/learn/news/goldstrike-canyon-arizona-hot-spring-trails-summer-closure-dates.htm 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. 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. 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 together. Keep walking down and you'll come to the next rope. This goes down the left side of the rock wall and isn't too difficult to maneuver. 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. 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
7 days ago

Trail is closed until further notice. Check NPS Lake Mead for updates: https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/temporary-operational-adjustments.htm

hiking
17 days ago

One of the best trails I’ve ever hiked! We had no idea what we were signing up for. Bring plenty of water and prepare to be challenged. This hike requires climbing up and down ropes and navigating through deep canyons. It’s quite easy to go astray from the trail so be aware of the painted arrows and footprints from other hikers.

hiking
17 days ago

Enjoyed greatly with my 2 teen kids. Good workout. Be ready to climb. Gloves would have been helpful but not necessary.

hiking
scramble
18 days ago

Fun trail. Some of the scrambling and ropes were difficult on the way back but it was manageable. If you are slightly athletic then the trail isn’t too hard at all. Hot springs were nice and not many people there today

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
19 days ago

Hike was pretty cool, kind of hard climbing down the ropes. Make sure to bring water proof shoes or extra socks! Came early in the morning around 6am, make sure to bring a backpack that hugs closely to your body and plenty of trail mix

hiking
scramble
20 days ago

If you're looking for a challenge. This has options for everyone! You can take the beaten path, or go offroad a bit and find yourself sliding down a boulder. It was a good thrill and the view at the end is a good reward. The hot springs were a bit crowded, but not too bad. Have fun!

hiking
off trail
rocky
21 days ago

This was my first time doing this trail. If your semi-athletic then this will be super easy for you! We hiked it at a moderate pace mid-day. I personally found it easier to not use some of the ropes going back, but some of them you can’t avoid. If you enjoy bouldering, this will definitely be fun for you!

hiking
bridge out
flooded
muddy
no shade
rocky
21 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

VERY challenging trail.

Amazing trail. Pretty tough pulling yourself up with the ropes when you feet are wet. Also the boulders are slippery with wet shoes. Just be careful when scrambling. The pools are quite large plenty room. Also has a nice little beach at the end by the river.

hiking
25 days ago

Belle randonnée, avec les parties sympa avec les cordes. Les paysages sont magnifiques et l’arrivée sur la Colorado river vaut la peine. En haute saison, l’attente pour les passages avec cordes risque d’être un peu ennuyeuse.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
25 days ago

Great trail it’s fun ropes sections. Realized there were some blue arrows pointing the direction of the trail. Took about an hour in and an hour out at a pretty healthy pace. Definitely worth to go just past the hot pools and dip your feet in the river.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
26 days ago

**VIDEO REVIEW** HIKE IN IS IN TWO FORMS (first 1-2 miles is flat trail with amazing views) (Second part is 1-2 miles of continuous bouldering with fixed ropes on sight ending at the river with epic views of the I-11 Bridge) CLASSIFIED AS HARD DUE TO SEMI COMPLICATED SECTIONS WHERE THE BIG BOULDERS ARE AT; WEAR SHOES THAT GRIP! I ALSO MADE A REALLY FUN VIDEO SHOWING A COMPLETE HIKING TOUR FRONT TO BACK SHOWING TRAILS, BOULDERING, HOT SPINGS & AMAZING VIEWS AT THE VERY END!! TO SEE, SEARCH “SID HOWARD” ON YOUTUBE, YOU WILL ALSO SEE FULL TOURS OF OTHER VEGAS HIKES:)

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Although only six miles in total distance ( out and back), this hike is rated hard on Alltrails for a reason; Canyon bouldering and rope climbs with some pre-existing ropes in and out of the Canyon. On the way out, due to the large number of people waiting to use the ropes, our group chose to rock climb to get out. Diffenitly doable with some proper guidance, which we had. This brought the hike to a whole new level, especially in the upper body. Ended up leaving the hike with less skin ( I wore running shorts) then I started with on the knees and elbows. But the sense of accomplishment goes beyond the scrapped skin. ( Recommend long pants). The Hot Spring pools were amazing. Word of caution; if you soak to long without in taking fluids, the heat from the springs can cause dehydration by itself. Couple that with the boulder work and it could cause trouble for your body. Be sure to drink fluids while soaking. Great weather. Lot's of hikers on the trail by 0900. ( Sunday). Everyone in the trail assisted each other negotiating the obstacles/ rope climbs/ rock climbs. Disappointing note; A myriad of towels and other clothing has been left beside the hot springs. I'm assuming because it was wet or muddy when the hikers left, so they opted not to take it. This makes for an extremely unsightly area amongst this natural beauty. So, bring a plastic bag in your pack to carry back your were items. Problem solved. please practice "Leave no trace." Overall; amazing hike with many physical challenges standard hikes don't provide. Diffenitly not for the faint of heart, the infirmed, beginner hikers ( although I've seen children complete it) and folks with weaker upper body strength. Smart plan is to partner up and assist each other and enjoy the challenges.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
27 days ago

Pretty easy other than the areas with ropes. Some ropes are broken/short/missing But long limbs or climbing exp will help!

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