Summary: This hike is a nice workout, as you work your way down the slopes, across the (normally) dry streambed, and back up the slope heading into Willow Springs. You'll pass signs showing your turns to Grand Circle, Icebox and Lost Creek. Continue on this single track, mostly soil trail past the signs & drop down to join the Willow Springs loop which leads to the picnic area. There is a vault RR, picnic tables, shade trees & BBQ. There are also lots and lots of people (unless you're very early in the morning). You may have to look closely to find the spring at Willow Springs -- crowds of children often fill the tiny little concrete tank with their bare feet; although there is plenty of signage warning to stay out of this precious small amount of water. In the old days, the stream at Willow Springs was full of water, and you had to use the wooden bridge to cross it, but I'm afraid those days are gone. This hike is exposed and can be brutally hot in the summer sun!
Trailhead: 18 miles W of Las Vegas Blvd. on Charleston Ave. (SR 159) to Red Rock entry (fee) station. Take 13 mile scenic loop to the R turn for White Rock Spring. Drive about a mile up the somewhat rough and gravel road to the small parking area/TH (vault RR). If you value your car's paint job or suspension, there is a turnout at the beginning of the gravel road where you can park and walk up the road to White Rock Springs parking/TH. Follow the signed trail DOWN from the pkg lot. As you head down the hill, look for the sign to WR Spring (R). You want to stay L towards Willow Springs. The other trail from this parking area leads you to the Keystone Thrust, the loop trail, or La Madre Springs. As you hike downhill, you may see or hear climbers on the cliffs in front of you - this is where they access White Rock Hills. The climbers have cut many foot paths leading to the cliff base -- do not follow their paths. Stay on the well worn main trail as it winds down & up slopes (Lat:36.17373 Lon:-115.47735)
Trail Guides for White Rock to Willow Springs :
Keystone Hiking Trails Information
by BLM - Red Rock NCA (BLM - Red Rock NCA)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Red Rock (BLM) ranger at entry to NCA (fee station) 702-515-5350
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kat Green, who has posted 86 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by scott on 2/23/2008
I agree. Nice enough, with historical interest and all, but a bit of a hike/climb w/ little gain. Spring (tank) at the end was a little of a let down. But rest often on the way up, this hike is mostly along an old road so there is lots of room and the scenery is nice. Bring water, as mentioned by Kat this is pretty exposed. Watch for Big Horn sheep past the turn around near the picnic area where you begin.
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