Gold Strike Hot Spring

#1 of 40 trails in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Gold Strike Hot Spring is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Boulder City, Nevada that features hot springs. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

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robert benoit (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was a beautiful hike. Once you get down to the area where the springs start showing up, look around and you will find hidden pools and caverns with pools. You will need to be in reasonable shape to make this trip since you have to climb back up several ropes to get out of the canyon. During good weather on a weekend, you can expect to find a lot of other hikers. Over all this is one of my favorite hikes I have done in years.

James Jackson (1648)

73 Completed10 Reviews

Nice but strenuous hike, especially if it's hot. I did this trail alone in just over 3 hours. I stopped to take some pictures, but that was pretty much it.

First, make sure you have the following for this hike. Because heat kills, and someone has died hiking this trail.
1. Lots of water, more than you think. It's a hike first in a wash then over boulders. And it's all up hill on the trek home.
2. Sturdy shoes. You'll be scrambling over huge boulders and rocks in the wash.
3. Let someone (not on the hike with you) know where you are and when you expect to be back. Just in case.
4. A hat, and light color cloths.

Optional items;
1. Sunscreen
2. Hiking stick, although when you have to traverse the steep ropes, you'll need both hands.
3. A snack, trail mix, etc.
4. Camera
5. Bathing suit to cool off when you reach the river.

On the hike, the first couple miles you’re walking along a wash, pretty flat so enjoy this part. Then you come to your first of many ropes to help get you down (and then back up on your return trip). Some of these are pretty difficult, and you'll need good balance and good arm and upper body strength (or a buddy to help you). The trail is not marked and not maintained by the NPS. So you may be scrambling to find your own way along some of the trail. Including backtracking, as I did a few times.

There's a few hot springs along the way. It’s nice to see and hear water running/falling as you hike this desert trail. You'll also be in a canyon most of the trip, and the temperatures can get much hotter there than the temperature at the trail head.

Overall, I really liked this hike. I didn't get to see any bighorn sheep, but plenty of lizards, butterfly and birds.

James Booth (460)

14 Completed4 Reviews

Took on this hike with the whole family, wife, 8 year old son, and 22 month old boy in the carrier. There were definitely a couple of hairy climbs and scrambles with the little one strapped to me, but we made it all the way down to the river. It was a beautiful climb and well worth it, even if we did feel it for a few days after. Bring plenty of water.

Only downside to this hike was that there were several rowdy partiers in the pools, and we didn't really feel like joining them.

Gerard Ellis (447)

12 Completed12 Reviews

2-18-15, less than 5 miles R/T. Boulder scramble, 6 rope areas, hot springs and Colorado river, wore hiking boots down and teva sandles all the way back to car.

Michael Paris (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

It took us about 1:30 to the river and 1:25 back to the parking lot. This hike was excellent. Bring shoes with plenty of traction and people with a little upper body strength to get up and down the ropes that are neccesary to use to proceed! At the beach scramble a little bit to your left about 150 feet to see a neat boiling spring emerging from the mountainside around the bend!

Mia Nigro (149)

13 Completed8 Reviews

one of my favorites, ever. by the way there is not a chance this hike is even close to 8 miles! i mapped it at 4.5 from the trailhead to the river and back, and that's what it felt like. maybe people overestimate the distance because it's slow going! strenuous hike but well worth it. BRING LOTS OF WATER that you don't have to carry- you will need both hands!

Christinag11 Garvelink (122)

3 Completed1 Reviews

It was a great hike! Pretty strenuous so be prepared. About 9 miles total. It was very rewarding to take a swim In the river and hot springs. We ran out of water on the way back and got very lost. There're aren't signs on the trail so pay attention on the way back. We went about 1.5 miles out of the way which was pretty scary. Would definitely do it again but maybe leave markers to find our way back.

Henry Pratt (404)

15 Completed3 Reviews

This is a great hike. I can't believe the other reviewers who thought it was 8 miles round trip. Going down was the easy part. Spent some time in the Colorado river at the bottom. I think that there a total of 6 ropes which were easy to navigate both down and up on the way back. There were some ducks. The return trip is all uphill which might seem longer but it is not. I cannot believe all of the trash, socks, a shoe and even a towel that people have discarded on this trail. If you are not going to pick up after yourself then you should stay at home.

Connie Ordunez (98)

2 Completed1 Reviews

Took the Fam. That Includes a 12yr old, a 6yr old and an 8yr old.
My Kids Had Absolute Fun!!
They loved climbing down the trail with Ropes,(with Adult supervision n Help) .
They were jumping And Climbing Up Big Boulders, got to see lots of Lizards. And sum Trashed n Smashed Vehicles when first arriving...
They enjoyed Getting Soaked from waist down during the hike and Fully Wet once he hit the open water, and its also where you get a view of the Bridge.
Enjoyed A light snack, fed some ducks.
Great Hike back,
But ran out of water 2/3 the way bak to the car, in the ever so tiring Gravel, So Bring that Extra Water!!!
I Recommend people NOT throw their Trash under Empty spaces between Boulders...
Its Tacky n Disrespectful.
But Overall, a Workout Hike Absolutely!!!
Its Worth It!!!

Elizabeth Bierbrodt (501)

20 Completed8 Reviews

Prepare for 9.2 miles, not 4 as it states. My group went all the way to the Colorado River and it was well worth it. Soaked in the natural hot springs and it was amazing! Wear your bathing suit :) Also wear gloves for gripping and pants or knee pads, you'll be on all fours often. There are 6 or 7 ropes you'll use to get down/up rocks so work on your upper body strength ;) This is the ultimate hiker's hike. Difficult to strenuous and beautiful.