Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs

Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs

Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs
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Thomas Sims
Las Vegas, NV372 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Friends
This is a 5.2 mile in-and-out hike going down to the Colorado River. You will have to climb up and down a few ropes to get to the next levels. Wear good shoes and bring plenty of water. You will be challenged. When you get near the river, you’ll encounter a small pool on your left. There is a bigger pool further down. The water is hotter on the left side.

If you go down to the river and veer to the left, you’ll find an inlet where you can get some steam. The river will be up to your calves at low tide. Further to the left is a sauna cave. The river will be up to your waist at low tide if you decide to go.
Written November 21, 2020
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stixly1
St. Louis40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Did this hike the second week of December and it was fantastic. Saw a few tarantulas during the hike, and I hate spiders- but they were pretty harmless and went about on their own hike. The first mile is very easy without much to look at except for a couple of cars- not sure how they got down in the canyon. After you get to the rocks, it can be somewhat challenging unless you have proper footing. It will require you to use the ropes provided in 5-6 different areas.
Written January 5, 2020
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Adventurer35979
Las Vegas, Nevada1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Gold Strike Canyon is a wonderfull hike for the Avid outdoorsman or woman, The first part of the hike evolopes you fully into the canyon with walls as high as 100 ft. As you decend into the canyon itself the walls close in creating a natural beauty and a wonderfull set of narrows. Once into the narrows you will be able to scramble through huge boulders and wonderful downhill views of the areas ahead. The Hot spring pools themselves are incredible, they decend from pool to pool for about 100 yards. With a slightly green tint the pools seem to glow in the afternoon shade, making for excellent photo opportunities and a wonderfull picnic area. (make sure to take out what you carry in, NO GLASS) Once thru the spring area you will be able to decend a little further down to the River. With gorgeous views of the river walls on the far side (about 100-150ft) the river flows through the canyon at a quik pace, creating a very kind breeze which is very nice to relax too as you layout on the rocks enjoying the sunshine. Durring the spring the water in the river is very cold (50 degrees I would bet) So jumping in is not a very good idea IMO. The hike back is all uphill but the views and the climb are enjoyable as you get to boulder your way back up. It makes the distance seem not so bad as it is very fun altogether.
Written March 26, 2004
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cody_cakes
Las Vegas, NV13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
I've lived in Vegas for 5 years and always heard about the hot springs. A group of us finally made it out there and gosh was it rewarding and such a nice adventure! Our group consisted of one really outdoorsy guy, 2 non-hikers and 3 average/active people. Our expectations was it was an easy hike for the first half and the second half can get a little 'sketchy' per our outdoorsy friend. I would agree somewhat....

The first half (possibly about 3 miles?) you're walking on dirt and gravel- so you're kinda sinking in a little with every footstep, which left you sorta walking on your toes- the entire first half. The only time you weren't walking in dirt is about 3/4 of a mile in where you traverse the side of the mountain/rocky area. It's not very bad, just an unanticipated calf workout. I'd say that kids and dogs would be fine... I don't have kids so I wouldn't be able to gauge if the little ones would make it (like ages 4-8ish?), kinda questionable... Some people take their dogs on the 2nd half and pass/carry them down the huge boulders...

We went on Jan 8. Weather was in the mid-high 50's and we started at 1120am. You're walking through a ravine so it was shaded for the most part and actually kinda chilly (expected for this time of year). Long sleeves and long workout pants worked just fine for me. Besides the strikingly tall huge rocks there's not much to see however still beautiful in it's own way. Didn't catch any wildlife cruising by, just birds and in great company. You can tell you're getting close to the first hot spring because a small tiny water spring pops up, you look over a huge boulder and there it is, probably the cleanest, deepest, blue hot spring (see photo). Another group was already there and told us there is a small tunnel about 10 feet long that you can swim through to get to a cave? A little too sketchy for my non-adventures life. Sorry can't confirm that it's real or not... So that is the first boulder that you need to climb down using a rope for balance and security. The remainder of the hike (2nd half) to the river is much like that along with rock scrambling. IF YOU HAVE LEATHER GLOVES USE IT! Some of the rocks that you brace yourself on is poky and the girls hands at the end of it were sore and semi-swollen!!! Some rocks are really smooth and you practically use it as a slide to get down the rock (with the help of the rope) so don't go wearing your lululemon work out pants. Other boulders are pretty high and far from each other so stretching your legs to the maximum to get up/over is also a factor. I'm 5' short, so I had to get a boost from someone every so often!

There's several other hot springs after that, one more notably larger and of nice depth. All the others were small pond-like or not deep enough to want to sit in. The water, flowing from small waterfalls is warmer than bath water- but it was too cold for me to want to actually sit in the hot springs (BOO! I'm boring!) so I don't actually know how 'hot' the water is. You'll climb down about 6-7 more huge boulders using the nylon ropes that people graciously left behind. I'd say it's no more than a 12-15 feet high that you're climbing up/down. Some boulders were very smooth and slippery, made me a tad bit scared but the ropes helped. There's some parts where you risk getting your shoes/sock wet, however not sure those aqua shoes would protect the souls of your feet on some of these rocks (but I did see a few people wearing them). And you get to the Colorado River and it's such a nice surprising treat to see if you're not expecting it. You see the new overpass built to get to the Hoover dam to your left as well (see photo).

If you're going during spring/summer/fall I'd suggest a lot of water. I can see it getting VERY hot there. The trails were very clean so lets make sure to keep it that way and pick up after yourself! We went in the off season, so it probably gets a lot more crowded there.

There's a visual walking path and there were some boulders marked with arrows (in chalk) to show you where to go. Some paths lead to a dead end, but it only leaves you with one other option so turn around and take the other path. (so people new to the trail will be just fine) And headed back OUT, you'll SEE electric poles climbing up the mountain, DO NOT FOLLOW it, although it would seem instinctive for you to do so. Stay on the walking path, walk under it and then keep it to your left...

We stopped for a quick lunch and headed back (no dipping in the hot springs for us, too burr). Got to the car at about 330pm. We were at a very average pace going in and a little faster headed out- only because we already saw all the major attractions.

I highly recommend people stopping by and checking it out. It's a nice change of pace for the Vegas life!
Written January 13, 2014
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Tom Baril
Turtle Lake, WI6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
We had contemplated this hike for a few weeks and when a Park Ranger at Lake Mead basically looked at us and shamed us by saying “You better research that hike, it’s not easy!”…we knew we were in! We are by no means considered “hikers” but we had something to prove, so off we went with our backpacks filled with sandwiches and Truly Spiked Sparkling water (we drank all the PBR the night before) to celebrate when we made the river. After the first hour of fairly leisurely hiking we came to the first rope decent. Being new to all of us, we looked at the rope and “steps” carved in the side of the rocks somewhat anxiously, thinking “ok, we can do this, we are probably getting close to the end”. As we contemplated our next move a group of young girls came from the other direction, zipped right up and smiled. I asked if we close the end and they laughed and said “not even…and this is the easiest rope section!”. Since it was the Administrators birthday and she begrudgingly agreed to spend her day doing this hike, we let her go first. We felt very accomplished after making it down and away we went full of confidence. Fast forward to rope #6…some bloody knees and strained muscles, but the beautiful scenery and meeting a lot of nice people with words of encouragement, our spirits were still high. Chicken Farmer, L. P. and the part timer went down what I considered a death trap. As I stood and scouted the area, I was on the verge of telling them to leave me behind as I didn’t want to be the one the rescues Helicopter came in for. At that time a family of 4 was on their way back up so I waited and watched. The Mrs. was offering all sorts of advice and encouragement to me as she made her way up after her children and then “whoops” down se went! Her husband offered a little cushion as she hit the rocks/water below and she brushed it off as if nothing had happened and then made her way on the second attempt. Anxiety is now doubled…but I knew I couldn’t be “that guy” so I sucked it up and down I went! After a round of applause from the crowd that had gathered waiting for me to get out of the way, we were told 1 more rope and then the river…only a couple hundred more yards. Rope 7 was fairly uneventful and then…there it was, the mighty Colorado River…we made it!! We took in the sights and sounds for half an hour while we ate our sandwiches and chugged our Spiked Sparkling Waters and then off we went. Dreading the hike back up, we decided the ropes must be much easier going up, after all, everyone we met on our way down and their way up seemed to be happy and smiling. Chicken Farmer got wise and figured out if you go last, he got to “help” the ladies in our group by assisting with hands on buttocks lifts and pushes. He explained that in his research of hiking, that is a common practice…who was I to argue? But I digress…fast forward to the start of the trail and the end of our day…We loved the hike and it was one of the highlights of our trip! It is physical and does require some upper body strength…but come on, if the 4 of us can make, pretty sure you can too! P.S. pretty sure I set the unofficial record for oldest person to make it down and back!
Written March 1, 2019
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SavnOne
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
The 5 star review speaks for itself but here is what you will need to know (hiked in January 2021):
1. rope climbing gloves that fully cover your fingers
2. a towel that you don't mind getting dirty
3. water shoes (aside from your hiking shoes)
4. NO gym shoes!!! (way too sandy, dirty, and wet)
5. waterproof hiking boots (hiking shoes are OK but you'll get rocks into them)
6. bathing suit
7. hat with a visor and sunglasses
8. big empty backpack (to throw your lightweight gear in for the warm hike back)
9. sufficient hydration for the season
10. protein bars for snacks
11. 6 hours round trip (leaving later than 11AM could leave you helpless in the dark)
12. backup battery for phone (if you use it for entertainment or lighting)
13. layered clothing (leave your cute clothes at home)
14. knee pads (not a necessity)
15. sweatshirts (leave your cute jacket/coat at home)
16. headlamp if you're not concerned about night hiking
17. a second person (safety first)
18. camera
Written January 14, 2021
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john p
Las Vegas, NV1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Friends
Incredible hike, but I've seen too many (mostly teenagers) have heat-related issues when the temperature is above 80 F. Bring plenty of water with electrolytes (or at least add salt to the water). Bring water shoes, a hat and sunblock. It is a little too dangerous for kids or pets.

Because a wonderful teenage girl died there this summer, I set up up a "heat-illness station." It is a 150 quart cooler with water bottles, spray bottles to cool the body down, electrolyte packets, and instant ice packs. If you go on this hike, please bring a few extra water bottles to leave in the cooler for those who get into trouble. Thanks.
Written September 30, 2014
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MtnGirlKLC
Denver, CO28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
So - I did a lot of research and review reading about this hike. My husband and I are by no means in "good shape" unless you consider round a shape! We live in CO and enjoy the outdoors. We like to ski and hike and bike and kayak etc, but we normally take it pretty easy. I was a bit apprehensive about doing this hike because of the rappelling and ropes etc that I read about in the reviews. My husband though was like a little kid and was SUPER excited to go. SO - we did. We had planned to get up early to try to beat the heat - but - its vegas and we stayed out drinking too late the night before. We got to the trail head around noon. It was about 83 out when we started. The hike down through the wash was pretty. All the reviews I read talked about the gravel and the sand, and YES, it was annoying and a pain in the bleep! As we kept going down, we did encounter a few areas where we had to scramble, etc. We came to the first place where we had to actually boulder and use a rope to get down a huge rock. There were carved out portions of the rock that made a bit of ladder - so it was pretty easy. As we kept going down into the canyon, the heat was pretty intense. There isn't a ton of shade at this time of day, and the sun definitely heats the rock walls of the canyon up. We were guzzling water and taking a lot of breaks. About a mile and half in is where the hard stuff started. Lots of large rocks to crawl over and more ropes to help you get down over the big boulders. Finally you start to get to the area where you see the first signs of water bubbling up. Again - more rocks to climb. The hardest part here was once your feet got wet, you lose traction on the rocks. There were a few points where I said "how am I going to get back up this", but we kept going. The reward at the bottom was worth it - hot springs mixed with the CO river. The river was FREEZING. Stay where the spring and river mix for a refreshing dip. The hike back up was amazingly easier then I thought. It was much easier to find the right path up the rocks then it was down. There were a couple places where the hubby had to boost my butt up the rocks, but we did it. The last mile of the hike to the car was HORRID. By this time we were tired, the gravel/sand was pissing us off and we were running low on water. Thank god for the shade in the canyon!! We did make it and were very proud of ourselves. I was motivating myself to keep trudging by thinking of the awesome dinner we were going to have once we got back to the hotel!! TIP: bring lots of water - we had 7 bottles and a 32 oz nalgene and it still wasn't enough :) We also brought plenty of protein bars for energy! This was definitely an awesome hike and the most technical hike I have ever done. The hot springs and the river and the experience was well worth the fear and panic during the course down! LOL - normally I would say it is great to have gravity on your side -but in this case - I was glad when it was time to go UP!! Where comfortable shoes. We wore hiking boots and we did not have enough tracking on the slippery rocks. People wearing tennis shoes seemed to have an easier time then we did!
Written May 12, 2013
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A Joe I
Las Vegas, NV393 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017
This hike is a great workout; scenic; enjoyable; relaxing and a challenge. Parking can be a little difficult and the exit is not marked well (especially with the construction, it is easy to miss...and once missed, you are going to Arizona to turn around.)
1) Go early in the morning
2) It is closed during the summer
3) Bring a bathing suit and towel to go into the hot springs (best to do on the way back)
4) Go all the way to the end, to the Colorado River. Great selfie shots
5) Bring Water, if you are running low, there is a courtesy refill station
6) Don’t wear sneakers. You will get your shoes wet on the lower portion and it is difficult to scale the rocks with wet sneakers.
7) There are suppose to be 6 climbing ropes but two were broken off when we hiked it...tough climbing at that point
8) The last mile (of the 6.2 mike hike) can get to the best of hikers. It is sandy gravel that gives way, under your stride. Feels like 2 steps forward and one back.
9) After hiking this three times the biggest tip I can give you...go down the day before, enjoy Boulder City, eat at the local Brewery, spend the night at the Boulder Dam hotel (free breakfast, non continental) and get on the trail for 8:00 am.
Enjoy
Written December 26, 2017
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Nathalie C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Unless you bring 1 litre of water per person per hour.

Yesterday my family and I did the hot springs trail.

I had seen on Tripadviser that it was a really nice trail.

I wish the trail would of had some kind of warning at the beginning that this trail should not be done in the summer. We really did not have enough water and almost didn't make it. Maybe it could be written somewhere that we should of had 1litre of water per person per hour.

I wanted to thank the fellow that gave us Gatorade when we stopped at the center to refill our bottles. It was the best drink I ever had.

Despite the fact that we almost died of dehidration it was a really cool trail.

Written July 9, 2014
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