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First Creek Canyon Trail -- Return to the Trailhead
Hiking Around Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
First Creek Canyon Trail
First Creek Canyon
1.8 miles out, a nice place to stop for lunch (view E)

Overview

The hike into First Creek Canyon starts out as a pleasant 1.3-mile walk across a desert valley beneath towering red-and-white sandstone cliffs with an option to visit a desert waterfall. After that, hikers can go as far as they like up the canyon and into the mountains, but the route becomes increasingly aggressive. Hiking a total of 1.8 miles up the canyon brings hikers to a nice place to stop for lunch before returning back down the trail for a total of 3.6 miles round trip.

The hike into the canyon is described elsewhere; presented here are photos of the descent and return to the trailhead.

Link to map.

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Departing the lunch spot and starting down the trail (view E)
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The trail is well-defined in places (view E)
First Creek CanyonTrail forks; stay right onto "high road" (view E) First Creek Canyon
Starting down the "high road" (view E)
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Exiting Rainbow Mountains Wilderness Area (view E)
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Looking back, carsonite wilderness boundary sign (view W)
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Use-trails fork again; right two trails eventually merge (view E)
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Hiking across hillsides (view E)
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Beginning down towards canyon bottom (view NE)
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Descending towards canyon bottom (view NE)
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Nearing canyon bottom (view NE)
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"High road" and "low road" merge by ponderosa pines (view NE)
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Trail junction by ponderosa pines (view NE)
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Hiker approaching the last of the shade (view NE)
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Hiker beyond the mouth of the canyon (view NE)
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Western trail junction to First Creek Falls (view E)
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Hiker approaching the last (aka "first") pine tree (view E)
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Hiker passing the last (aka "first") (view E)
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Hiker passing the eastern trail junction to First Creek Falls (view NE)
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Hiker on easy trail (view E)
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Hiker on rocky trail (view E)
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Hiker on eroded trail (view E)
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Entering the burn zone (view E)
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Hiker in the burn zone -- few plants growing back (view E)
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Alternating, intermittent post-and-cable fencing in burn zone
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Hiker in the burn zone (note trash bag; view E)
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Hiker re-entering unburned zone near Oak Creek Wash (view E)
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Hikers crossing Oak Creek Wash (view NE)
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Hiker exiting through the trailhead gate (view NE)
more to come
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Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
copyright; Last updated 170614

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