The BEST Episodes of Gold Rush: Parker's Trail
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Despite striking it rich mining in his home state of Alaska, "Gold Rush" star Parker Schnabel isn't satisfied. He's always wondered if he could follow in the footsteps of his forebears and take on the legendary Klondike Gold Rush trail. Wonder no more. In honor of his family -- especially his beloved grandfather, who always inspired him to push beyond his limits -- Parker attempts to mimic a journey that killed thousands of brave souls in the late 19th century. As winter closes in, he begins the trek across the Coastal Range and works his way to the fabled goldfields of the Klondike. He's joined by his foreman, Rick Ness; wilderness guide Karla Ann, who once worked with Parker as a rock truck driver; and cameramen James Levelle, who has known Parker for years.
#1 - Path to Gold
Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 17, 2019
In his final days, Parker's quest to find the motherlode in Papua New Guinea sends him deep into the jungle where he joins locals in a sacrifice to appease the spirits. And one final cleanup and gold weigh determines if he strikes it big.
#2 - Parker Vs. Backhoe
Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired May 10, 2019
Rugged terrain pushes Parker's heavy machinery skills to their limit, forcing him to attempt one dangerous maneuver after another in his quest to open a legendary lost gold mine.
#3 - Mercury Rising
Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 19, 2019
Parker and his team are at Edie Creek in Papua New Guinea. They discover their new friends, members of the Kukukuku tribe, are using mercury to extract their gold. Parker builds a device to contain the poisonous gases.
#4 - Hunt for Hidden Gold
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired May 3, 2019
Driven to find a lost gold mine, Parkers joins forces with the grandson of a legendary gold miner in search of a hidden El Dorado lost since World War II.
#5 - Uncharted Territory
Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 24, 2019
Parker reveals new details and insight about his epic gold mining expedition in Papua New Guinea, including a near-death moment. Never-before-seen footage exposes the highs and lows of the trail and one team member makes a surprising revelation.
#6 - The Monster Mine
Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 26, 2019
Parker navigates the volatile and lawless town surrounding Porgera, one of the world's largest and most profitable gold mines, as he and the team try to gain access to the huge gold pit.
#7 - Aussie Gold Strike
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired May 8, 2020
As Parker's team takes stock of the gold they've found on their epic eight week expedition across Australia, Parker must decide on his own plans for a future, and how the right ground in the Outback might extend his mining season year-round.
#8 - Racing the Freeze
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 7, 2017
Parker and his crew are only 50 miles into the daunting 600 mile trek on the Klondike Trail. It's a race against time as the water is quickly freezing, but with food sources running low they are forced to pause and go hunting or face starvation.
#9 - Tyler's Trial
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 20, 2020
In the legendary Palmer goldfields, Parker and his team encounter a lucrative family-run mining operation and discover dirt far richer than anything they've seen in the Yukon. But convincing the family to lease him virgin ground will come at a price.
#10 - Mine, Moment, Machine
Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 17, 2020
Parker makes a gamble on dry-mining equipment to test the gold-rich ground of Western Australia. A case of gold fever proves costly, and Parker nearly loses a team member.
#11 - Dangerous Depths
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 5, 2019
An encounter with a group of machete-wielding locals tests the team's preparedness for the region's dangerous conditions after a grueling jungle trek leads Parker and his team to a network of abandoned WWII tunnels.
#12 - The Honey Pot
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 10, 2020
Hunting for a huge payday in Tyler's hometown of Sandstone, the team encounters a dangerous new method for extracting gold and Parker must decide if the risk is worth the reward.
#13 - Legendary Prospects
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 5, 2019
Parker flies in a restored Avenger warplane on his journey to retrace his Grandpa John's experience during WWII and the team assembles with a new recruit to replace Rick Ness on the expedition.
#14 - Lethal Landslide
Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 12, 2019
A sudden landslide rips Parker from his feet while working on a local hard rock mining operation, washing him down a steep mountain and putting the mission in jeopardy.
#15 - Future Ground
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired May 1, 2020
Parker travels deep into Australia's "Super Pit" gold mine, stakes a new claim and makes a big decision that could change his mining career.
#16 - Trial by Fire
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 27, 2020
Parker tests virgin ground on the Fitzgerald claim and makes a big discovery, but he must gain the trust of the family if he wants to strike a deal.
#17 - The Jungle Strikes Back
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 27, 2018
Parker, Rick, Karla, and Sam have crossed Guyana and set up their own gold mine in Marudi, the heart of a modern-day gold rush. But their dreams of jungle gold are derailed by a local land dispute that threatens to turn violent.
#18 - Welcome Stranger
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 13, 2020
Tempted by the largest nuggets he's ever seen, Parker ventures deep into an underground mine. Tyler tracks down a trommel for the team and a local miner lets the team test a claim that yields more gold per yard than Parker's ever seen in the Yukon.
#19 - Hell's Crack
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 3, 2020
In an area known to locals as "Hell's Crack," Parker and his team navigate a treacherous river, battle extreme heat and fight machine breakdowns to prospect ground so rich it could hold 100 million dollars worth of gold.
#20 - Hell Dorado
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 6, 2018
Parker wants to mine in the jungles of Guyana, South America when but an out-of-control water hose leaves him injured and local miners refuse to lease him ground, he's faced with a stark choice double down or head home.
#21 - Gold Wars: The Jungle Awakens
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 13, 2018
In the jungles of Guyana, Parker and crew are chased by deadly caiman and bitten by carnivorous piranha. Then their attempt to drag their boat up a waterfall results in a disaster that could end not just the expedition but the life of one of the crew.
#22 - X Marks the Spot
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 20, 2018
Parker and his team arrive in Marudi, the epicenter of a twenty first century gold rush. They have just two weeks to find a claim get the equipment they need to set up a jungle operation and mine for Guyanese gold.
#23 - Footsteps of Legends
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 31, 2017
Parker Schnabel and his friends pay tribute to the legends before them and attempt the Klondike Trail of 1897. Not only is it 600 miles of mountains, lakes and rivers, but leaving dangerously late in the season means the winter may derail their plans.
#24 - Mining With Monsters
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 23, 2018
Having just mined $7 million worth of gold, Parker now wants an even tougher challenge: to mine in the gold-rich jungles of Guyana, South America and learn from the locals. But his longtime foreman Rick is about to drop a bombshell of news in the process.
#25 - Hard Rock Risks
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 24, 2020
Tyler leads Parker to a promising hard rock mine where they detonate high explosives to gauge if the rewards of underground mining justify the risks.