This is the third of three days spent around Las Vegas doing non-Vegas things.
For a good overview, see the U.S. National Park Service page:
Lake Mead National Recreation Area - Arizona Hot Spring.
Drive from sleeps to the trailhead
via US-95 and US-93 through Boulder City
was uneventful. There was 10 minutes of delay in Boulder City at the left turn
to stay on US-93.
Started from ~11:30am; returned to ~3:30pm. Spent ~60 minutes in the hot spring
canyon. Spent ~30 minutes lunching in the last mile stretch. Comes out to be
~2.5 hours in motion. Most of us run 1-3 miles at least once a week.
Point forecast: 7 MILES SSE LAKE MEAD NV
Upper Hot Spring Canyon route
This is the least technical route and clocking at ~5 miles round trip, the shortest route.
I suggest looking over the NPS leaflet for this trail walk through to make more
sense. Sources: NPS.gov or
Google Drive mirror.
- After crossing under the US-93 over pass, head to the left, following the
fence until you are on top of the flat access road.
- Continue on top of the burm, if you see trail signs,
you are on the right track.
- In a short while you will see a hiking sign,
pretty soon, the tracked down area will proceed down to the left into a wash, then back up onto another hill.
- If you have followed the path correctly, 15-20 minutes in you should spot where the
upper and lower routes diverge.
Proceed straight for the upper route.
- Once over the ridge, follow the immediate canyon
down through a few more. The hard-pack trail is really easy to follow.
- You end up in the gravel wash
where the lower route connects in. Make note of the cairn
for the return trip.
- Follow the wash until you hear water and/or see half-naked people.
Traversing the filled pools requires ginger foot-work and a tolerance of heat next to the vents.
Bring water shoes or sandals if you have a low pain tolerance and want to keep
your nostrils as far away from the amoeba as possible.
The best pools are on this side of
ambiance. If you are feeling adventurous like
then portage your boots through the several feet deep pool, put them back on,
and climb over the 20 feet drop-off on a slippery metal ladder.
I was able to jump,
my way down to the Colorado river
without needing to take my boots off again. Absolutely beautiful.
Well, maybe not the pit toilets down there!
Point forecast: 7 MILES E BOULDER CITY NV
Post tags: Lake Mead, National Recreation Area, Arizona Hot Spring, Las Vegas, Boulder City, Nevada, Arizona, desert, canyon, and trails.
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