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Jan 02 2016
autumnstars
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Motorcycle CanyonVegas, NV
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Canyoneering4.06 Miles 462 AEG
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Came back close to one year after descending Motorcycle Canyon as my first technical canyon (9 Jan 2015). It felt really different this time around, just because of so much more experience with rappelling, down climbing, etc. With better perspective, I think this makes a good 2nd or 3rd canyon for a beginner - no tricky starts but a variety of rappel types, and also plenty of varied down climbing to improve confidence. It's also just a darn pretty canyon, so easy for all to enjoy.

We met up with another group descending the canyon on this day, so ended up with a pretty large group. Good to meet some more of the local canyoneers.

The highlight was seeing a large herd of 10-15 bighorn on the short approach hike.
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Feb 07 2015
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
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This was quite a hike! There are 8 fixed ropes going down this canyon, all of which are in some state of shreddation or another. We had a good time, nevertheless. I was with a hiking group out of Bullhead City I've been involved with. Big_Load's cousin, Gretchen, was along. I've hiked with her before.

It was a hot Saturday, and legions of young people, mostly natives of Las Vegas, were "hiking" there as well. The hot springs pools (all of which looked very yucky to me) were full of these kids. It was a bit like spring break. It was good to have the young guys there when it was time for all of us oldsters to hike out. Several times they offered to help us up the roped sections. They were friendly, even if they do drop trash and cigarette butts. Many also seemed to be attached to audible music. Well, just go with the flow, I said to myself. And I was grateful several times to receive a boost. One boy was trying to help me as I wiggled and clawed my way up a rope. "Just push on my butt!" I called down. So, he did.

But I have absolutely no desire to ever go there again, unless to briefly land my kayak at the mouth of the creek on my way down from Hoover Dam, and then only if it appears to be deserted. Not my cup of tea at all. Way too crowded, not at all pristine, etc.
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Jan 17 2015
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
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Liz wanted to celebrate her birthday as an overnighter at the hot springs near Hoover Dam. A group of us got together for one hell of an adventure!

Claire and I drove up on Saturday morning and started hiking early afternoon. The others drove up the night before and were already down canyon. The first mile follows a wash as it winds its way down canyon. It's very easy going until you see a large white cooler used as a water cache. From there the route becomes very rocky and rugged as you have to navigate over and around large chunks of rock. As you descend you find several fixed ropes that aid the route. We were going through here at peak hours on a Saturday afternoon. There were a lot of people and that led to bottlenecks. We both were patient and even found a few alternate routes as we descended. The fully loaded backpacks made this more difficult but we were both fine. After a lot of work we found ourselves approaching a pair of tents and found our group.

We took a break and enjoyed a cerveza and admired this stunning canyon! We were camped right above the main hot spring. It was occupied by several groups of day hikers. We'll be going in later. After camp was set up the two of us hiked the last quarter mile to the Colorado River. It was around 4pm and the water level was really low. We admired the views and then started filtering water through my Sawyer Mini which worked well. We hung out here for about an hour and noticed the water level rising. We assumed the dam was releasing water for evening power consumption. I would guess the water level rose at least twelve inches in this time. We had to cross some ankle high water to get back to the canyon.

It was time for the hot spring. The water was very warm and soothing. I could sit in it for about a half hour and then needed to sit on the lip to cool back down. The temps were pleasant and we were comfy. The party lights provided perfect ambient lighting. We also had the area to ourselves as our group was the only ones camping. Life was good! Later that evening we had a small fire and then everyone turned in for the night.

We started day two with some coffee and then a trip back to the Colorado River. Janelle joined us and showed us the sauna cave a little ways up river. The warm water starts at knee deep and gets shallower as you work your way back into the cave. This was a real treat and I'm glad we got to see it! From there we returned to camp and enjoyed the hot spring one last time. Afterward we packed up camp and prepped for the hike out.

Claire and I started the hike out a few minutes after the others. Both of us felt dehydrated from the day before and this made for a slow scramble out of the canyon. Luckily there weren't a lot of people and the bottlenecks were short. We took our time as we navigated out. The full overnight packs made this a lot more difficult than it needed to be. We were glad when we passed the cooler and knew it was an easy wash the rest of the way. We got back to jeep around mid afternoon and were back in Phoenix early evening.

Goldstrike Canyon is a gem! I definitely want to go back. The hot springs are so relaxing and the canyon is a rugged and fun challenge! The crowds were unfortunate but not an issue. And this was a really fun group that had an excellent time! Happy early birthday Liz!
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The first of my birthday trips (because why just celebrate for one day?). James's first backpack, and an old favorite for most of the rest of us. Tojo, James and I camped the night before off of Old Highway 93, then met Beans at the trailhead. The line of cars was unbelievable. We hurriedly grabbed our packs from the car and rushed down the trail as quickly as we could. Since the first part of the trail is all sand, and the second part is all ropes and downclimbing, this isn't the easiest task. But soon enough we were walking up to the largest pool and setting up camp.

After seeing pictures a few months ago of water running down this canyon, it was surprising to witness the water levels being so low. There were areas of the hike where some of the pools had completely dried up. When venturing out to the Colorado, the sand and rocks extended farther into the river than I'd seen before. Tojo and Beans ventured to the Sauna Cave, then joined James and me for some soaking back at camp. After a bit of wine and hot water, I felt it was time for a nap. In the meantime, Claire and 9L arrived. We all hung out and soaked and talked with other canyon visitors. Eventually night fell and 9L set up the party lights. A few of us stayed up super late (past 8pm NV time/9pm AZ time) and enjoyed a small fire before calling it.

In the morning, we were awakened by sheep knocking big rocks onto camp from the cliffs above. After a breakfast of burritos, Tojo, Beans, James and I went out to the Sauna Cave. I'd never been before. It's surprising how hot the water is when you first get in, and how the cave just envelopes you with its heat.. but then on walking out it seems like the water is just warm bathwater. We walked back to the river and found the level was actually going down! A nice surprise, as it had been really frigid on the way out there. We walked amongst some kayakers and then made it back to the beach. Went back to camp and soaked some more, then packed up and had a bite to eat.

The other tourists were beginning to pack up, so we hauled our butts back up trail so as to avoid as many lines as possible. There were quite a few areas that we had to stop and wait, which gets a bit tedious when wearing a big pack. There were several spots on the way out that people had stashed their garbage, and lots of graffiti tags! The worst was a giant torn-up trash bag full of paper plates and other grossness. I asked the whole way back, "what is wrong with some people?!" We picked up what we could and ended up with a few handfuls of Starbucks, water bottles, and gum wrappers. PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT, people!!! It's really not so difficult.

Despite the frustrations (really I'd never seen it this bad before), it was a good walk out. Sophie is quite the impressive little spider-dog, able to leap tall rock walls in a single bound, and can stop herself from slipping through the slickest polished rock slides like she's made of Stealth rubber. The weekend itself was perfect, with excellent weather and awesome people. But yet again, the next time I do this I'd like to be back on my boat... but maybe from the top next time. ;)

Thanks for making my birthday awesome, friends!
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Jan 17 2015
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
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Here is a schedule I made beforehand of how I imagined this trip to pan out.
I am pleased that events were mostly on schedule :D


*Lizzard BDAY HOT SPRINGS *

DAY 1 SATURDAY 1/17

8AM-12PM Liz, Tojo, James and Janelle are already at hotsprings^*^Claire/9L driving!
12PM-1PM Claire/9L commence hiking to the springs. Meanwhile others are happily hot
springing :D
1PM-3PM Claire/9L arrive finally after hiking through crowded canyon and set up tent.
3PM-4PM A walk to Colorado river and filter water.
4PM-7PM A nice dip in some warm amoeba water lolz--HOT SPRINGS FOR EVERYONE!!!
7PM-8PM Make dinner and enjoy a beverage or two.
8PM-9PM Trying to stay warm. Probably spend more time in a hot spring.
9PM-10PM Started a fire but spent most of the time trying to keep it going lol.
10PM-??? Try to stay awake. Despite fighting it, I finally gave up and accepted
that I am always the first person to go into my tent and pass out.

DAY 2- SUNDAY 1/18

12AM-9AM- NOTHING
9AM Awaken and drink coffee.
10AM Walk over to the Coloardo River.
Janelle leads us through the Colorado river to the Suana Cave. It is neat!
12PM Depart from beautiful hot spring canyon . SAD.

This is such a great place. The views are simply amazing throughout the canyon especially at the Colorado River! Its such a beautiful place that apparently word has gotten out and there is no shortage of crowds on the way in. Luckily for us they were all day hikers and once the sun was going down we had the hot springs to ourselves. Around this time, when all crowds had finally left, we were all sitting in the spring we noticed a cute little head looking down at us from the cliff edge far above. A young bighorn had spotted us and was checking us out from above. It was so cute !^^ And then later when stars finally came out, Liz and 9L kept finding satellites tracing throughout the night sky.

So, to conclude, Happy (belated) Bday to Lizzard^^^ Thanks for organizing an awesome weekend *~*
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Jan 09 2015
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Motorcycle CanyonVegas, NV
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Canyoneering6.88 Miles 1,521 AEG
Canyoneering6.88 Miles   7 Hrs   37 Mns   0.90 mph
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I don't even know how to describe this experience... My first technical canyon, and my first time ever rappelling! With no fear of heights, and a familiarity with most of the gear from climbing, I was able to just sat back and enjoy the rappels of 90, 60, 45 (+ bonus 35), and 30 feet. The biggest rappel came first, but the most fun was the third because of its setting in a sculpted slot. This canyon was so much fun :y: .

There were also plenty of downclimbs in the canyon that varied in difficulty, but nothing beyond what any of us was comfortably capable of. This is where my long legs come in very handy ;) .

Webbing on all anchors was recently replaced, with not even slight fraying.
From what I read, normal time is 4-6 hours, but with 2 beginners on the trip (and a surprise stop for freshly-made trail pies :D ), it was no shock that it took us longer than that. The experienced canyoneer in our group was very patient and took time to explain each and every anchor and show us several different rope set-ups for some of the rappels. Last bit of the hike out was in the dark - we met 2 groups of guys hiking down toward the hotsprings with more beer than anything else.
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May 03 2014
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
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What do you get when you mix strong winds with a ten mile upstream paddle? Exhausted kayakers and a heck of an adventure!

For my birthday (in January, rescheduled several times), I somehow convinced myself that it would be a good idea to try yak-packing to Goldstrike from Willow Beach. This convincing was not without external influences, either. So I set my mind to it and we got to adventuring. Three of us started from Willow Beach and started paddling upstream. The current obviously wasn't helping us out any, but there were lots of times that the wind was pushing us in (mostly) the right direction. We worked hard but also took time to appreciate the surroundings. We got to see a lot of ducks (they were following us), and even a family of mountain goats. The goats allowed me to get pretty close, maybe within 15 feet of them, while they drank water. We checked out Emerald Cave (which is smaller than anticipated), and the catwalk too.

We made our first real destination Arizona Hot Springs, which I'd never been to before. The ladder in place is super solid, and the hot springs were nice and hot! We soaked for a little bit and then headed back down, spotting another mountain goat and her baby. So cute! Then on to the most difficult part of the day: getting past Ringbolt Rapids.

I'd remembered from the previous trip that the rapids had a beach next to them, so just sort of planned on using the beach if needed. We definitely needed it. Adam's boat got whisked away with him in it, so we pulled over to the shore and figured out a path. The "path" went through tall grasses and plants, and over rocks and boulders, and then finally onto a nice beach above the rapids. It was a lot of work portaging the kayaks, the smallest of which is 12 feet and 41 lbs when empty (but of course we were packed up with camp gear), and the biggest of which is 16 feet and probably a thousand pounds when empty. I might be exaggerating a little, but we were a bit pooped from all the paddling. We got above the rapids and continued onward. Adam pointed out a little cave that went about six kayaks deep into the rock. We paddled into it and hung out. It was pretty cool!

The final slog up to Goldstrike seemed to take an eternity. It was now getting later in the day, and the water levels were rising with a swifter current. We pulled into Goldstrike just as the last bit of daylight left the sky. With a little help from the hiking crew (Jbeans, Clairesy, and Jbeans' coworker) we managed to get all of our camping gear up to the camp spot. We relaxed with lots of beverages and lots of foods, and even took a bit of a dip in the steamy pools. Most of us were up into the wee hours of the night, just talking and laughing. When it came time to go to bed, I discovered that the rock under my tent had been heated from below by the hot springs, so cowboy camped under the glorious Las Vegas light pollution. Haha.. it was actually pretty perfect, with a slight breeze making its way up the canyon and over the campsite.

In the morning, we packed up our own gear, and as much of the hikers' gear as we could. They had three dogs and three people, which can still be a lot of work for a canyon hike. We set out just as a group of about ten kayaks and canoes pulled up -- perfect timing!

The next stop was Moonlight hot springs, but the wind tried its hardest to prevent us from getting there. We paddled hard and then pulled over at the canyon entrance. The springs are just a bit of a walk up the canyon, and are scorching hot. Beyond the springs, there's another bigger pool with a waterfall. This pool is nice and warm, and won't take your skin off. Plus it's nice to "shower" in the waterfall. We bypassed the hot springs and hung out for a bit in the waterfall pool, drinking and demonstrating the principles of fluid dynamics.

Back at the kayaks, we were glad we'd tied them up. The water level rises fairly quickly out here. We rode the current out over Ringbolt and battled giant waves and headwinds. Eric had a big lead over us, but Adam and I opted to stop for a quick nap on one of the beaches. We woke up refreshed, and continued onward. Eventually, the marina came into sight. We were overjoyed and pulled in, just minutes behind the hikers' arrival.

Definitely an awesome trip. It was sad that Liz couldn't join us also, as it had been planned as a joint birthday adventure for the both of us. If we did it again, it would be nice to start at the top.. but that requires money and lots of planning and actual commitment, and that's all hard to come by in my group of friends. ;) But a SUPER AWESOME adventure nonetheless!!!
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Canyoneering2.25 Miles 936 AEG
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This Trip was rescheduled so many times I'm glad it finally materialized, because it really is an incredible place. :D.

The trip was a celebration of the Liz's Bdays ( which is actually in January lolz)But Alpha Liz was unable to attend which is a bummer since I hardly get outside with her :( But we still have Omega Liz(zard!).

I left town with Adam, Eric, and Lizzard. They were planning to kayak upstream to get to the hotsprings. I opted out of upstream kayaking and elected to meet JBeans at the Marina and walk in with her and eventually rendez-vous with the party of kayakers.

I met up with Janelle and her friend Susan and three cute dogs and we said adios to the Kayakers and drove to the trail.

It was a pretty hot desert day and we were faced with some challenges. Never an uneventful trip with these friends ^^^ :)

Lola the dog had sore paws and was not her usual self at the head of the pack. Janelle spent a lot of time carrying her and we all chased the shade. Places in the Canyon are very steep and some areas actually have some rope to help with climbing up steep walls. We all worked together to hoist the dogs up or down in a few sketchy places. The going was pretty slow on this hot day. So, when we got to the hotsprings, (designated meeting place) we were surprised there were no happy kayakers awaiting us. We walked around and explored this beautiful area and made our way to the river, hoping to see some friends pull up in their boats. Eventually darkness was falling and we were still alone. It was quite dark and we had started to wind down a bit, but finally we realized that some people were approaching and we were reunited at last with the others. ^^^

To sum up their experience which was vastly different from theirs, I think Lizzard puts it best:

What do you get when you mix strong winds with a ten mile upstream paddle? Exhausted kayakers and a heck of an adventure!


We helped our friends move their boats and grab the equipment that they needed for the night and it was good to chill with everyone at camp. The next morning the yakers volunteered to take back as much of our gear as they could in their boats to help us lighten our loads, which was really AWESOME of them. We hung out by the river for a while, enjoying the views and filtering water before our hot hike out. When the time came we said goodbye to them and we headed out slowly. I stopped under a magical, hot spring waterfall and it was the most scenic shower I've had. I felt inclined to get make sure my clothes were soaked under the waterfall, before the hike out. Given the temperatures, the clothes would dry out quick enough and keep me a bit cooler in the meantime.
The hike out was definitely more eventful again, but we took our time and stopped to swim in some hot springs on the way out. Once again with some steep climbs we had to get creative about hoisting the dogs up. LOLz. On a hot day, 2.25 miles through a canyon with three dogs takes a LOT longer than anticipated.

At some point we overcome a huge group of kids hiking in this canyon. Probably 10-15 kiddos and two adults. It did not look like they were having a great time, and it turns out that they were grossly unprepared for this hot day and they were out of water. Since most of our gear was still in the kayaks, our packs were mostly water for us and the dogs and we had plenty to spare with the large, thirsty group. I felt bad for them because they obviously miscalculated how strenuous this hike is, compounded by the heat.

Once we were finally out, we headed to the Marina and again, surprised to have beaten the others there, since they were going downstream this time and it should have been a quick trip ~ I guess they had taken in a few more hotsprings and stopped for a napper lolz! after their epic day of upstream paddling, I'm glad they were able to profit a bit more today in this beautiful area.

All in all~I had a great time with great friends! ~ I'm glad I could be a part of this little Bday celebration Adventure ^^
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Nov 04 2013
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Hiked down to the river and met Jbeans and Mike! Soaked in the springs for a bit... so nice and warm! They ventured on to the sauna cave nearer the dam, but I had to get a move on back to Phoenix.. solo trip means a long ride back with Pandora (when she shows up!). Going back to this one again soon... next time w/ the 'yak!
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This was my fourth or fifth hike down to the springs. Took my Aussie friend who was in town for the weekend, to show her a side of Vegas she didn't know existed! Probably the busiest I've seen the trail. Went all the way down to the river, where the water was low enough to walk up stream a bit.
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Who knew there was a real awesome narrow canyon right next to the Hoover dam? This challenging hike combines canyon hiking, simple canyoneering and plenty of bouldering along coming across a decent about of hot springs just before we arrive to the junction with the Colorado river! Theres a cool combination of hot and cold water from both streams. On a saturday morning hike we did not encounter many people but my friend said it is becoming a more popular hike. The first mile you hike under the bare sun, but later on as you advance into the narrow canyon you enter into the cool shaded section that makes the hike a lot more bearable! This is one of those gems that most people that come to Las Vegas don't get to see and that makes it more my style!
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Awesome trip to some amazing hot springs on the Nevada side of the Colorado! Very cool canyon, very cool hike.
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Fun technical canyon in Nevada which is best done by staging a car at the Goldstrike TH for the exit. Scenic canyon with some pretty good downclimbing, sweet narrows and 4-5 rappels. All were fairly straightforward with the exception of #4, which could either be a 2-stage or a single rappel followed by a pretty exposed downclimb down the next drop. Found the 1970s dirtbike which the canyon is named after. Saw two groups of bighorn sheep as well. Motorcycle dumps out into Goldstrike Canyon, which we hiked all the way down to the Colorado River before exiting while enjoying the hotsprings along the way.
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Jan 16 2011
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In spite of having heard much of this canyon, today was the first time I ever headed out there. It was an interesting hike in a great place to several hot springs, and eventually all the way to the Colorado River. The canyon is interesting - lots of great rock formations, historic artifacts, steaming hanging gardens, and hot spring pools. Many of the pools in the upper part of the canyon had been filled in with gravel by recent flooding, but there were plenty of hot pools down-canyon to enjoy a soak. As with most canyon hikes, the general route was pretty obvious.
Although you start out by hiking under one of the huge new bridges bypassing the Boulder Dam and then under power lines, you can ignore that by looking up at the canyon walls. The constant helicopters passing overhead proved harder to ignore.
Although I enjoyed today's hike, I will likely never revisit this canyon. All the tricky rock falls had spray-painted arrows pointing the easiest way up/down (which I found disturbing and took away much of the adventure). Also, it is very heavily used (we saw at least 50 other people during our hike) and the use shows in trash, trash everywhere. Water bottles, candy wrappers, socks, shirts, towels, shoes - everything and more. More than I could carry out, and that doesn't even include the types of trash I refuse to pick up.
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Dec 22 2009
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Goldstrike Canyon - HotspringsVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Canyoneering avatar Dec 22 2009
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Canyoneering4.50 Miles 936 AEG
Canyoneering4.50 Miles   4 Hrs      1.13 mph
936 ft AEG
Basic Canyoneering - Scrambling; easy climbing/downclimbing; frequent hand use; rope recommended; easy exit
B - Up to light current; wading/swimming; possible wet/dry suit
 
1st trip
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An awesome overall hike. A few people were leaving as I was going in. When I got to the Hot Springs there was no one else around. Quite an experience.
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