Distance: 6 miles round trip
Time: 5 hours
Difficulty: 3 out of 5
Pace: 2 out of 5
Fear Factor: Moderate for some.
Hazards: Slippery rocks, snakes, tarantulas, velcro plants, maybe a bare bottom or two.
Gold Strike Hot Springs is a popular hike in the Las Vegas area and a favorite for many. The trail-head is located a half-mile past the Hacienda Hotel in Boulder City-- just before the Hoover Dam. We'll hike through a picturesque slot canyon with towering walls on each side while passing several hot springs and hot waterfalls along the way. Our final destination will be the sparkling blue-green waters of the Colorado River. If the water level at the river is not too high we'll visit the sauna cave as well. Plan on a relaxing lunch on the banks of the Colorado.
The distance for the hike is three miles each way and requires climbing over several massive boulders. It's somewhat like an obstacle course but that's what makes it fun. It should take about 5 hours round trip but will depend upon how much time we spend in the hot springs and at the river. Beginners may be intimidated by some of the rocks and boulders we'll encounter but a moderate, systematic pace will help ensure that everyone gets through safely. Ropes are attached in some of the more challenging places as an added measure of safety. Nonetheless, serious injury is always a possibility.
The weather Saturday will be sunny and very warm with afternoon temperatures in the 80's. A minimum of 3 liters of water per person is required plus a hat, sunscreen and lunch. Gloves may be helpful to avoid rope burn. Waterproof shoes are also recommended. Be sure to bring a bathing suit or waterproof shorts (plus a towel or Sham-Wow) so you can enjoy the hot springs. An extra set of dry clothes for when you return to the car may come in handy. You'll be using all of your major muscle groups so expect to burn LOTS of calories-- especially on the way back.
Let's meet at the Hacienda Hotel in Boulder City at 9:30 a.m. sharp! From Las Vegas, follow 93 south toward the Hoover Dam. A few miles before the dam you'll see the Hacienda Hotel on your left. Turn into the main entrance at the big Hacienda sign. From there, head toward the parking lot to the right of the hotel near the helicopter landing pads. We'll organize carpools for the 3-minute drive to the trail-head as parking may be limited there.
You'll find this to be a fun, beautiful and memorable hike-- and a great workout as well!
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