Pine Creek Canyon Trail is a 5 mile out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Well kept secret, hidden canyon w/ponds and ferns along stream, majestic cliffs Climbers will know Fern Canyon from the Dark Shadows climb. Most climbers follow the upper path, which is a dirt/rock trail that works it way WNW under cliffs N of Pine Creek. If you enjoy bouldering, I highly recommend you follow the stream up the canyon instead or you could easily miss the many ponds, pools, ferns, and lush vegetation. Use the dead pine in the photo as a landmark for when to leave the dirt/rock trail and enter the streambed. Follow the stream PAST the climbers launch for Dark Shadows, and turn the corner heading W into the canyon as the cliffs narrow above (N of Mescalito). As the canyon narrows, continue bouldering (class II and III), or scramble up the many game trails (very steep and rocky) to the end of the canyon (ends in seasonal waterfall). Don't feel bad if you don't make it to the end -- this is about 6 miles RT from the parking lot and gets very rough in the end. Instead, enjoy the incredible sights and sounds, many rest/lunch spots.
as we starting to walk my kids & I enjoyed the awesome views unlucky we didn't made it thru the main cascade but my kids enjoy the mini ones along the trail
So much to see and climb once you get back towards the mountains, I will definitely be exploring this one more.
Starting in January 2017 or so, this parking area will be under reconstruction and not accessible. You'll have to use Oak Creek North Parking area to reach Pine Creek. This will continue for about 2-3 months and more than double the available parking.
Great hike for watching rock climbers!
good hike. lots of history there as well. homestead and meadow where there was a garden/orchard.
I really loved this trail, especially the creek! Need to skip this in the summer. Dog friendly trail.
A nice moderate hike good for horses too if you'd like a nice horse trail pretty populated. Suitable for most fitness levels.
What a great but hot, as in super hot hike today in Pine Creek Canyon. It was over 100 degrees the entire day, and I went through my 2 liters of water about half way through. Fortunately, there's water in the canyon, spring fed and cold, and enough for me to submerge myself to cool down from the heat. This, and filling up my platypus bag with another 2 liters of water was highlight #1. Highlight #2 was bumping into a big horn sheep on the way out. I shimmied up the side of the canyon (off piste) and experienced a close encounter when I rounded a boulder. We communed for about 10 minutes at 100 feet before he descended to the canyon floor in about 20 seconds. (It would have taken me 10 minutes to cover that ground).
Loved this hike. Me and a gal pal did it early in the morning. Make sure to stay close to the trail, we got caught up in talking and got a bit lost but we were able to course correct back onto the path.
Beautiful and lush green landscape and a robust creek, you don't feel like you are in LV! Will go again.