The trail to Goldstrike Hot Springs is more of an obstacle course than a hiking trail. Fixed ropes help guide you down into the canyon, but there are plenty of spots where you’re scrambling down large boulders with no ropes too. It’s definitely a fun workout that will use pretty much all of your muscles, while also keeping your mind focused.
There was a noticeable change in the humidity and temperature as we got closer to the hot springs. Also, the texture of the canyon walls changed to what you might see inside of a cave; bumpy with mineral buildups and dripping with water.
Once you get to this point, you start to see some hot springs and the trail becomes a shallow stream of what feels like bathwater. It’s easier (and more fun) to just walk through the water than try to avoid it, so thankfully someone in our group suggested we bring water shoes. Good tip!
The trail leads straight to the Colorado River where there is a great spot to stop for lunch and take in the views/chat/relax.
Overall, this was one of my favorite hikes so far…about six miles round trip and about a 40 minute drive from Las Vegas, heading towards Lake Mead.
Note: Due to extreme heat, this trail is closed during the Summer.
The water is warm/hot, depending on which area you’re in. The pool that I step into towards the end of this video is super hot!