The Road to Gold Strike Hot Springs
Being in nature has always encouraged me to be brave in exploration, proud in accomplishment, and super rich in self love. So much so, that I cant believe it’s taken me four months to get my first true hike in this year. Never the less, I’m really excited to share more of my love for the outdoors, my favorite hikes, camping grounds, travel gear, and unconventional cooking tips that will help you find the liberation, strength, and the solace that you’re looking for on and off the trail.
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We decided to tackle the Gold Strike Hot Springs because the recommended time frame to venture it, is October - May due to the weather. This is a 6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail with little to no shade. It’s located near Boulder City, Nevada and it’s a prime hike because it features several different hot springs until you reach the Colorado river.
This hike is rated difficult.
What to Bring
Shoes with a good grip for bouldering.
Sunscreen. Regardless of what time of day you visit, you’ll be in the sun quite often.
A swimsuit. If you plan on taking a dip in the hot spring.
Clothes you don’t mind getting wet or dirty. I promise you’ll be covered in dirt and dust by the end of the hike.
Plenty of Water. 1.5 liters per person at the very least!
Naegleria Fowleri - This is a very rare brain eating amoeba that thrives in warm water and is most commonly found in areas with consistently warm climates (mostly Florida, and Texas). Because of the atmosphere of the Gold Strike Hot Springs, it’s worth knowing. If you choose to soak in the hot spring, try not to kick up too much muck, and do not put your head under the water. This amoeba travels through the nasal passage into the brain.
Avoid this hike in the summer months - temperatures rise above 100 degrees and there have been many reported incidents of life flights due to heat stress.
While the Gold Strike Trail can be a very strenuous hike through the canyons it is well worth it once you reach the beautiful hot springs. There are 7 ropes you must endure should you choose to head all the way down to the river.
Note- that a few of them are pretty difficult especially when coming back up, and it may be in your best interest to hike with one or two buddies ( sandwiching the person who may need the most help in the middle so they can have assistance).
Another thing I’d like to note is while many of us love to bring our fur babies into nature with us, this is not a hike for dogs. Small dogs maybe but keep in mind you will have to assist them up and down 7 different ropes and bolder with them- so if this sounds dangerous to your four pawed love one just leave the pups at home!
I’m excited more than ever to share more of my adventures & want to leave you with my top 7 reasons for loving a damn good hike
I hike to think.
I’m a serial entrepreneur. I have a million ideas and thoughts and not enough time to execute them all. But when I’m hiking I’m able to think through solutions to problems, I’m able to come up with creative ideas and I’m able to think through new ideas letting the good ones come to fruition and the bad ones melt away and hit the trail. I think that hiking has this effect on most people, not just me. Need clarity? Take your thoughts to the trail.
I hike to relax.
My life can be loud, busy, crazy, chaotic and beautiful all the same. Sometimes soaking in the bathtub sipping on a glass of wine just doesn’t cut it. When I take a hike, it relaxes me, lets me get a little bit of exercise, and keeps my head on straight to solve any problems in my path.
I hike to bond
To immerse myself into the natural world, to get to know my strangers on the trail, my friends, my partner, and to overall better connect. Have you ever noticed how much better a conversation is in nature? Without the distractions of cell phones, traffic, and human engineered noise? No? Get to it.
I hike to learn.
Have you ever hiked past a fascinating rock feature, or a bird, or a wildflower, or a plant and not know anything about it? I’m not an expert on any of those things, and quite honestly I’m not an expert on anything at all. But, I love learning the name of a wildflower or recognizing the song of a bird. Nature is one huge freaking textbook, and it reminds me just how much the land is my teacher, and I am the student.
I hike to be humbled.
If I’ve learned anything since putting my words, photos and thoughts online it’s to have thick skin, to know that not everyone is going to like me and a lot of people will disagree with me. It keeps me humble knowing that I’m not really all that awesome. Going to nature is the same way. I love the wilderness, but I know that when I’m climbing a mountain my legs will burn, my lungs will struggle to breathe, the sun will burn my neck and the wind will chap my cheeks. The water will fro my hair. Hiking - I know that there are threats and risks, and it’s just as humbling to know that as soon as I leave the safety of my home Mother Nature is in charge.
I hike to push myself.
It’s hard for me to push myself on a treadmill. I get bored and feel more tempted to hop off the second the incline becomes too steep or the pace too fast. But it’s harder for me to quit when I’m on a mountain trail. Maybe it has to do with the time investment of an outdoor adventure or just a matter of pride. It doesn’t really matter, when I have the desire to climb a big mountain I’m going to do it.
I hike to be thankful.
Have you ever stood in the middle of the wilderness and been filled with gratitude almost to the point of tears? Gratitude to the earth, gratitude to people who had the foresight to preserve wild spaces, and gratitude to your strong body for getting you there, gratitude for the sunshine warming your body or the gentle breeze cooling it down? I have a lot to be thankful for. Even if, sometimes It takes a trip down a trail to be reminded of that.