I have been on this hike a number of times and each time I enjoy it just as much as the first (well... almost ;) ). The trailhead has recently changed. It used to be off of Highway 93 South, just past the Hoover dam, on the right hand side. It is now necessary to make a left turn across the freeway at about mile marker 4 or a U-turn to find the parking area. From the parking area head south once again and turn right to walk under the overpass. There is no defined trail but keep walking west until you see the old trail (keep an eye out for the trailhead sign!).
Wash, slots & boulders
To find the trail, when you are facing the river head to the left. The sandy trail will turn into rock and you will want to climb above and along the river. Then you will head down into a sandy area again before heading back up to more rocks. You will have to do a tiny bit of climbing here, but nothing too challenging. Keep on the lookout for trailmarkers (arrows)!
Sandy trail to left of river
|Go straight back and to the right|
|Follow along the river|
|Trail is along the rocks on the left|
|Looking behind me|
|See the blue, red & white arrow marking the trail above on the rock?|
|Arrow is directly above my left elbow in the above picture|
When you come to a ... where kayakers pull up, you are VERY close! At this point you will probably see some water running and you want to follow that up to the hotsprings. There are a couple mini-waterfalls along the way.
Running water leading to hot springs
Try not to get your shoes too wet, because before you know it you will come to a 20ft ladder that is less steady than I would like it to be! Carefully ascend this ladder, find a place to drop your stuff off (yes there is room at the top of the ladder) & jump in and enjoy the hot water! Depending on the time of year, there are multiple pools which get hotter as you ascend. I have only been able to go in the uppermost pool one time due to the heat. This is a beautiful location with reddish rock and lots of salt on the rocks as well.
|Lowest Pool shown above, In December 2010 this pool was not present!|
|Upper most pool - Very small space in here, couldn't really get a picture! This is an alternative way out of the canyon, but please keep reading!|
|Rescued off highway 93! LOL|