The BEST Episodes of Gold Rush

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2021

Network: Discovery

Teams of miners face various obstacles and overcome several challenges as they dig for gold in the lesser-known regions across Canada and the United States.

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New Blood

#1 - New Blood

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 17, 2014

Returning for Season 5 is Parker, who proved himself in his rookie season mining the Klondike when he brought in over 1,000 ounces of gold worth $1.4 million. This time around, he's set a lofty goal to double his take. Todd is also back after hitting rock bottom in the jungles of Guyana, South America, where he lost his land, most of his money, and ultimately his crew. Finally, Tony aka "The Viking," and his team return after buying a $1 million, 75-year-old floating gold dredge he hopes will be his ticket to wealth.

star 8.35
495 votes
Millions in Gold

#2 - Millions in Gold

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 2015

Parker faces mutiny, the Hoffmans get the largest dozer in the Klondike and Tony takes one last shot at getting his dredge mining for gold. Then, in a Gold Rush first, Parker, Tony and Todd appear together to discuss the epic season finale.

star 8.28
224 votes
Viking Ship

#3 - Viking Ship

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 7, 2014

Todd is forced to sell his gold to get the mining equipment he needs, Parker hauls his washplant across the claim and Tony takes to the skies to get from his claim to the gold dredge.

star 8.15
417 votes
Remembering John Schnabel

#4 - Remembering John Schnabel

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 1, 2016

Honoring the life and legacy of Grandpa John Schnabel.

star 8.13
117 votes
Go Big or Go Home

#5 - Go Big or Go Home

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 28, 2014

Parker Schnabel refuses to give up. He's not satisfied with his gold total and is dead set on bringing home big gold to his beloved grandfather. Nothing is going to stop him, not even the Klondike winter.

star 8.13
325 votes
Gold Road

#6 - Gold Road

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 2015

Logan has an accident with the rock truck; the Hoffman crew aims for a huge weigh-in.

star 8.12
305 votes
Gold Blooded

#7 - Gold Blooded

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 5, 2014

Parker goes for his best clean-up so far; Tony attempts to rip the trommel out of his gold dredge.

star 8.08
483 votes

#8 - Goldzilla

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 28, 2014

Todd needs a down payment for a big purchase; Parker buys new equipment.

star 8.08
466 votes
Colossal Clean Up

#9 - Colossal Clean Up

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 12, 2014

The Hoffmans overcome a lack of water to get a monster clean up. Tony finally gets his dredge on the way to its new home in Eureka Creek. Parker gets the biggest gold clean up in Gold Rush history.

star 8.08
507 votes
Battle of the Greenhorns

#10 - Battle of the Greenhorns

Season 12 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 1, 2021

Parker pivots to a new cut, hoping to reverse his cash flow. Rick's season rests in the hands of a green mechanic. Tony taps a favorite honey hole and welcomes a new addition. Fred finds gold in the wilderness.

star 8.05
124 votes

#11 - Endgame

Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 19, 2021

In the final days of the season, Parker's record-breaking season rides on an unproven wash plant. Rick redirects a river to hit big gold. Tony returns to the old timer's honey hole. Fred scrambles for a future.

star 8.04
205 votes
Hundreds of Ounces

#12 - Hundreds of Ounces

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 27, 2015

The Hoffman crew tries to reach their season goal; Tony tries to run the gold dredge.

star 8.03
404 votes
Frozen Gold

#13 - Frozen Gold

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 20, 2015

Parker Schnabel and his crew must move mountains of overburden to get down to the paydirt at Scribner Creek.

star 8.00
386 votes
Parker's Accident

#14 - Parker's Accident

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 2, 2015

Parker's car is totaled in a head-on collision; rock trucks go head-to-head on a dangerous road.

star 8.00
340 votes
Day of Reckoning

#15 - Day of Reckoning

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 21, 2014

Todd’s claim owner arrives unannounced to take stock of the Hoffman’s operation. Dustin returns from the mountains just in time for the final clean up. Unwilling to admit defeat, Parker uses a new piece of equipment to thaw his frozen paydirt.

star 8.00
424 votes
Ground War

#16 - Ground War

Season 12 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 2021

Parker bets on a risky claim and loses a key team member. Tony storms a new cut with a fleet of new mega machines. Rick's skeleton crew pulls off a miracle. Fred heads to Klondike seeking an alliance.

star 7.99
140 votes
Grandpa John

#17 - Grandpa John

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 19, 2014

The life of John Schnabel from the Kansas dustbowl, to a career on an Alaskan gold mine.

star 7.97
306 votes
From the Ashes

#18 - From the Ashes

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 24, 2014

Todd gets his washplant stuck in a river, Tony nearly crushes his son beneath a conveyor, and Parker is forced to mine a swamp.

star 7.96
409 votes
Fire and Ice

#19 - Fire and Ice

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 15, 2019

Rick desperately tries to get the last 27 ounces he needs to hit his target. Meanwhile, Tony finds out his dredge is short 30 buckets.

star 7.93
393 votes
Last Gold

#20 - Last Gold

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 6, 2020

At the end of his season Parker closes in on a record gold total. Rick rolls the dice on a new piece of ground. Tony turns to Hunker Creek for a final score.

star 7.93
301 votes
Golden Boy

#21 - Golden Boy

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 31, 2014

Parker fights with his crew; Todd, Jack and Thurber tackle their first clean up.

star 7.91
443 votes
Piles of Gold

#22 - Piles of Gold

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 2015

Todd and Dave butt heads over how to mine, but end up with the biggest reward they've seen all season. Tony and Parker go to war over bedrock gold and Minnie Beets steals Tony's dredge crew to work their family mine.

star 7.90
368 votes
Cursed Cut

#23 - Cursed Cut

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 21, 2014

Dave and Todd disagree about how to mine frozen ground; Tony's daughter lands in a bad situation.

star 7.90
448 votes
Record Breaker

#24 - Record Breaker

Season 11 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 1, 2021

Parker returns to the Klondike and records the biggest gold haul of his career. Tony travels deep into the wilderness to resurrect of a gold-catching monster. Rick's forced to find better ground. Fred makes a big change to get on the gold.

star 7.88
213 votes
We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bucket

#25 - We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Bucket

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 8, 2019

Parker takes on a huge engineering challenge. Rick makes a major upgrade to his mining operation. Mike and Monica team up to open up more ground.

star 7.87
341 votes