Hike First Creek Canyon Trail

Hike First Creek Canyon Trail

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.

Rating:
4 / 5
Distance:
2.1 miles (3.4 km)
Time:
1 hour
Difficulty:
Easy
Climbing:
220 ft (67 m)
Trail Condition:
Unmarked Dirt Trails
Challenges:
None
People:
Moderate
Known For:
Waterfall
Best Time:
Anytime
Dogs:
Yes
Bathrooms:
None
Parking:
Free
Hike Weather:

First Creek Canyon Trail Trail Maps

Google Maps trailhead:
First Creek Trailhead, Las Vegas, NV, 89161, USA

Hike Location

Hike First Creek Canyon Trail 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

Hike First Creek Canyon Trail 3d map
The First Creek Canyon trail follows First Creek to the south.

Hike Elevation Profile

Hike First Creek Canyon Trail elevation
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

Download a GPX file to use on your GPS device. GPS devices are great to plan and follow routes, and there are tons of free electronic hiking maps that you can use. But don't rely solely on electronic navigation, always have a paper backup. Print out the PDF below, get a topo map, and/or print these directions.

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First Creek Canyon Trail Directions

Hike First Creek Canyon Trail

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What to Expect

Turn By Turn Hike Directions

First Creek Canyon Trailhead
The trailhead is easy to see from the road, and there is plenty of parking.
First Creek Canyon Trailhead
Go through the burro gate to start the hike.
First Creek Canyon trail
A coyote was nice enough to poop by this cairn. There was a lot of poop on the beginning of this hike.
First Creek Canyon trail
The trail is well marked, wide, and easy to follow. Enjoy the mountains and Mojave desert scrub as you hike.
First Creek Canyon trail
At about 0.5 miles in, you’ll hit a trail junction. Go straight through.
First Creek Canyon trail
Keep your eyes open for wildlife. I saw a lot of desert hares and lizards, but nothing more exotic this time.
First Creek Canyon trail
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.
First Creek Canyon trail
When you get to that tree, make the hard right onto the smaller trail.
First Creek Canyon trail
Head toward the trees and canyon.
First Creek Canyon trail
The trail twists left, following canyon.
First Creek Canyon trail
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.
First Creek Canyon trail
The canyon will be to your right. You’ll see tree tops sticking up above the canyon wall to your trail level.
First Creek Canyon trail
Head to the edge and you’ll see the falls. No water today.
First Creek Canyon trail
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.

First Creek Canyon trail
If you take a path along the creek, you might see some more water.
First Creek Canyon trail
The trail gets steeper as it climbs up toward the canyon. It’s still pretty easy to follow.
First Creek Canyon trail
The trail peters out as you get closer to the canyon. There are trails that continue, but they’re much more primitive.
First Creek Canyon trail
Once you’ve had your fill, just turn around and head back the way you came.

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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.