Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail

Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada

Distance2.3mi
Elevation Gain1,890ft
Trailhead Elevation734ft
Top1,596ft
Elevation Min/Max734/1596ft
Elevation Start/End734/734ft

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is a hiking trail in Clark County, Nevada. It is within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 734 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,890 feet.

Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A picturesque hot spring in a fabulous narrow valley near the Colorado River. The spring can only be reached by a technically difficult hike, or by boat. Once you hike the 2 miles down-canyon you will begin to see water. The last half of the hike is the most difficult, requiring some boulder scrambling, with substantial drop-offs.

You will eventually come to the hot spring sources. Continue down the canyon until you find a large pool that is ideal for bathing. There are also small waterfalls of hot water in this area, and several other smaller pools. If you wish, you can hike down to the river. Be careful, though, since there are many difficult parts to this trek, with steep drop-offs and rough terrain."

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4/4/2018
Exhausted after this hike! But my lord the views and the springs are well worth it! The ropes and the massive boulders and all of the climbing add such a interesting touch to the hike makes it tons of fun, in a way makes you work for the nature’s beauty at the end of the trail!
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12/29/2017
Very challenging, has a bit of something for everyone. Rock scrabbling, ropes, hot pools, streams. Very enjoyable hike and great work out.
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10/5/2012
Great hike, not for dogs due to the large boulders and ropes needed to get to the river. Directions to access trail have changed due to new bridge, just past the Gold Strike Casino, make your first right, to a dead end that branches to 3 dirt roads, take the dirt road to the left, drive approximately 100 feet to the trailhead. There are several hot springs along the route, when you reach the river just a little over 3 miles, it is just beautiful!
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3/23/2009
This is a spectacular hike, albeit a challenging one. The hike round trip to the river seemed more like six miles than the four listed, but that may have been because of all the scrambling. There are numerous huge boulders to climb over and around, and five spots where you must use ropes to get up and down. The further into the canyon you go, the more picturesque it becomes. Towards the river there are numerous natural "hot tubs" where you may soak and enjoy the refreshing, warm waters. This is truly a classic and suprising desert hike, but be careful as there are some risks involved going up and down the boulders. Expected to get knicked and bruised.
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1/29/2008
Loved it! I took my boyfriend here for his birthday. It was the perfect start to the day. The trailhead took a bit to find because of the new by-pass construction to the Hoover Dam. Next time we go we'll definitely take the tent and make it an overnight trip.
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1/23/2008
This hike is now CLOSED PERMANENTLY due to the building of a new highway.
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2/22/2006
This trail was reopened in Nov. 2005 after a closure of close to two years. It's in pretty good shape even though there has been some flood damage. The park service's Exotic Plant Management Team was in the canyon during my visit clearing out the tamarisk (non-native) the entire way down canyon. The Arizona lupine, globemallow and brittlebush are blooming now. Look for the desert big horn sheep on the cliffs along the way.
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Trail Information

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Hot Springs
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USGS, Boulder City, NV
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