Summary: Follow the well marked trail W from parking area towards First Creek Canyon (there are many paths that lead you to the streambed). Or, turn onto the horse trail and enter the canyon from the E. When you reach the top of the waterfall, there is a nice little trail that hugs the rocks and descends steeply on the S side of the wash. This little path will take you between the base of the waterfall, where you will find a nice pebbly beach area, lots of rocks to sit on, and plenty of shade trees, and the trail at the top edge of the wash. You can follow the main trail to return to the parking area, or work your way E bouldering ( wash widens but the parking area is visible as you return) If this little walk has you yearning for more adventure, resume taking the main trail (or one of the many paths which parallel it) heading W into the mouth of the canyon; you can continue all the way to the top of Mt. Wilson (difficult, all day), or as far in as you are comfortable.
Trailhead: Red Rock Canyon is located 18 miles W of Las Vegas Blvd. on Charleston Ave. (SR 159). Go past the entry (fee) station/visitor's center and continue 4 miles SW on SR 159. You will NOT be entering the fee area or the scenic loop. Park along the highway, (off pavement) at the parking area marked First Creek. This is an excellent, easy hike for children or beginners and features pretty waterfalls, ponds, wildflowers, and cactus within a short walk of the parking area. Even if you miss the turn to the waterfall, it is still a nice walk with plenty of things to see and hear (doves, burros, etc.). Both Bonnie Springs and Spring Mountain State Park are very close to this walk and are also great places to take the family (zoo, restaurant, motel, activities) to picnic, or just escape the heat in the summer. Largest waterfall is located 1/2 mile W of trailhead/parking just N of the main trail (hidden down in the wash, under red cliffs). (Lat:36.08142 Lon:-115.4749)
Trail Guides for First Creek Waterfall:
Keystone Hiking Trails Information
by BLM - Red Rock NCA (BLM - Red Rock NCA)
Hiking Around Las Vegas
by Jim Boone (Jim L. Boone)
120 Best Hikes in Southern Nevada and Beyond (CD)
by Branch Whitney (Branch Whitney)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Horses,
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 FR on 11/14/2010
2nd time on this wonderful hike with the kids. No waterfall in November, but there was in spring when we last went there.
Reviewed by Viewer on 3/24/2009
What a plesant and wonderful surprise to find such a beautiful and peaceful spot. A grotto with a lovely, cool and clear pond. Will go again
Reviewed by David on 7/30/2007
My forth time up this trail. There were many small "lobster" looking creatures in the pool today. We spoke to them and they came to the edge of the pool to check us out. Some were large, big as a hand.
Reviewed by David on 5/13/2007
We stumbled on this hike. When the waterfall is going and the pool is full, it is truly a beautiful experience. My son swam in the freezing pool. Nice people. Wild burros and rattlers-an oasis in the desert. Make sure to go up and or down stream. Tadpoles, frogs.
Reviewed by CL on 3/10/2007
Very nice hike and this last time we saw desert bighorn...very cool! The water is very low right now and you will not see anything resembling a "waterfall" until the snow starts to melt. This is a nice hike that gets better the further in you go. Be ready to rock scramble after the trail ends and you cna get pretty far back into this beautiful canyon.
Reviewed by Daniel H on 8/7/2006
Hiking kind of shuts down for the summer in many parts of Southern Nevada. This hike can be done if you start in the late afternoon or early evening. The trail has a very slight uphill grade for most of the hike. You steadily advance towards some pine and other trees at the beginning of a slot canyon. When you reach the trees, you will find flowing water. There are nice shady places to rest. I saw Monarch butterflies flying among the flowers and tadpoles in the water. There is something precious about finding water in a desert environment. If you started late enough, the sun will be behind the mountains as you hike back to the trailhead
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