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The First Creek Canyon trail hike is one I recommend to friends wanting to an easy yet fun hike around Las Vegas. It's in Red Rock Canyon park, but you don't need to drive the 13-mile loop to get to it, and it's free. The hike follows the First Creek up to a hidden waterfall and plunge pool. If you want to hike farther, the trail continues up First Creek Canyon.
2.1 miles (3.4 km)
Unmarked Dirt Trails
First Creek Canyon Trail Trail Maps
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First Creek Trailhead, Las Vegas, NV, 89161, USA Hike Location The First Creek Canyon trailhead is about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas strip. A great thing about this hike is that you don't have to drive on the Red Rock Canyon park loop road to get to it. The trailhead is right off of NV-159. 3D Hike Map The First Creek Canyon trail follows First Creek to the south. Hike Elevation Profile The elevation chart is deceiving because the hike is so short. It only climbs 200 feet in a mile. It's a very easy hike that climbs gradually. Interactive Hike Map First Creek Canyon Trail Map Downloads View a Printable PDF Hike Map Download the Hike GPX File First Creek Canyon Trail Directions What to Expect Parking is free and the trailhead is well marked. There are no bathrooms, but you can drive a few minutes down the road to the Red Rock Canyon park entrance and go at the visitor’s center. The waterfall at the end of the trail is often dry, but it’s still impressive. The pool at the bottom of the waterfall is a popular spot to see wildlife. Keep your eyes open for the desert tortoise and wild burros. This is a popular dog walking hike with the locals. Keep your eyes open for dog poop, coyote poop, burro poop, well, let’s just say poop. Stay on the main (large) trail. There are some small burro trails that crisscross the main trail. You can continue past the waterfall if you want to lengthen the hike. The trail splits apart and reforms many times, with two options, one down by the creek, and one on the ridge above. You might see some rock climbers heading to the cliff walls farther down. The trail gets more primitive as you continue. Turn By Turn Hike Directions The trailhead is easy to see from the road, and there is plenty of parking. Go through the burro gate to start the hike. A coyote was nice enough to poop by this cairn. There was a lot of poop on the beginning of this hike. The trail is well marked, wide, and easy to follow. Enjoy the mountains and Mojave desert scrub as you hike. At about 0.5 miles in, you’ll hit a trail junction. Go straight through. Keep your eyes open for wildlife. I saw a lot of desert hares and lizards, but nothing more exotic this time. Okay, this is where you have to pay attention. At about 1 mile in, the trail forks. Hike to the right. You’ll also see the first tall(ish) tree on the hike in the distance. This is where you’re heading. When you get to that tree, make the hard right onto the smaller trail. Head toward the trees and canyon. The trail twists left, following canyon. Keep your eyes open to the right. You’ll see a steep path down to the plunge pool. If you want to check it out, make the side trip here. It can get slippery on the rocks down there, and in the winter there can be ice, so heads up. Otherwise continue. The canyon will be to your right. You’ll see tree tops sticking up above the canyon wall to your trail level. Head to the edge and you’ll see the falls. No water today. Continue on the cliff and you’ll see the pool below.
From here, you just head back the way you came. However, you can continue on the trail to make this a 3 mile round trip. The following pictures are from farther down the trail. Also note that as the trail continues, it splits and comes back together often. Unless you direction veers drastically away from the path of the creek, you’re probably fine.
If you take a path along the creek, you might see some more water. The trail gets steeper as it climbs up toward the canyon. It’s still pretty easy to follow. The trail peters out as you get closer to the canyon. There are trails that continue, but they’re much more primitive. Once you’ve had your fill, just turn around and head back the way you came. First Creek Canyon Trail Video Please subscribe to my YouTube channel here! Support This Site
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Read More A quick note. These directions are meant as a guide for the hike, and not a definitive source. Conditions change, and the information here can be different based on time of day, weather, season, etc. There can be small side trails that you might see but I missed. I have made every effort to include all the information you need to complete the hike successfully. I recommend using this guide in conjunction with a map, GPX file, common sense, and call to the ranger station or park office. If you do the hike and notice something has changed, please contact me and I will update the guide.
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