First Creek Peak via Overlook Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.4 miElevation gain1,115 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This is a very remote and rough trail and may be more than you bargained for if you're used to well marked trails and signage. The best (safest) way is to go with someone experienced and knowledgeable about the area. This is classic Lovell Canyon hiking - dense brush and cactus interspersed with rocky, sandy washes. Prime area for mule deer, bighorn sheep and some elk. Hunters and horse back riders have used these Lovell Canyon trails to enjoy the views down into Red Rock Canyon for many years. If you ride stock to this overlook, you'll want to stay up on slopes and the ridge lines, instead of washes.

USFS - Humboldt-Toiyabe NF, Spring Mtns NRA (702) 515-5400, emerg (702) 872-5306

Although this hike ends at the peak and overlook into First Creek at Red Rock Canyon, you begin and end the hike in Lovell Canyon. To reach Lovell Canyon and the trailhead/parking from the Las Vegas strip, take I-15 to Blue Diamond Road (SR160 aka Pahrump Highway). If you're from out of town, the Silverton Casino is located on the W side of I-15 at SR160. Head W on SR160 passing the turn to Red Rock Canyon, passing Cottonwood Valley, and passing Mountain Springs until you've gone 24 miles to the signed Lovell Canyon Road. Head N (R) and drive 3.1 miles on the paved Lovell Canyon Road, turning NE (R) on dirt road (lat 36.06092 lon -115.55949). Take R fork after 1 mile and continue to "circle" to park (lat 36.07623 lon -115.51696). Passenger vehicles will NOT make this road. Full size trucks will NOT make the last 1 mile -- park off the road and walk to the circle to begin the hike. Horse trailers should park just off Lovell Canyon Road and ride the dirt road in.

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bob fou
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Kaydo Otten
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Fantastic hike. As others have said, let the cairns light your way, stay in the wash til it gets too sticky then choose your own adventure to the peak.

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James Mersch
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You want to stay in the wash. The app will try and put you on side hills.

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Holly Thiry
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Fun hike up to a beautiful overlook. Hiked in from Lovell Canyon Rd. There is approximately 2.5 miles of Jeep road from Lovell canyon road.From the end of the road follow the trail to the wash. Stay in the wash almost until it ends. You will be tempted to leave the wash, don't this really is the easiest route. The wash is brambly in some areas and confidence cairns are scarce, but they are there if you keep going. When the wash is about to end, ascend a scree slope on the right to obtain the ridge. You will see a cairn high up towards the top of the ridge. Once you hit the ridge go left to the summit. This trail is somewhat harder to follow if you are used to groomed trails. I thought this was a Class 1 hike, maybe 2 at the end if you don't like a smidge of exposure with scree. The views of Red Rock and Mt. Wilson are worth it.

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Sofia Szabo
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Prepare yourself. This ones a doozy. But it’s absolutely magical at the end. Worth the work.

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Mike D
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Great view.

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Leslie Schilling
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Third time on this “trail.” Download map. Set your compass/GPS to the peak and just get there. Views are five plus stars - so beautiful. There are many washes to follow/get off track on. Take the ridges back to trailhead. See my previous reviews.

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Kevin Heckeler
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Good views. As Leslie mentioned, there's cairns in the wash when you need them. The AllTrails waypoints are accurate. GPS signal on my phone wasn't always working, it's probably a good idea to know how to navigate without a GPS track/assess the land/use a map.

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Mark Stew
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I parked roughly 1 mile down the 2ish mile off-roading trail as my small SUV isn’t built for that type of terrain. I hiked the last mile in to the trailhead which was easy. I lost the “trail” a number of times both on the way up and down but it was manageable. I enjoyed the viewpoint at the top. I only saw one other person out on the trail.

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Leslie Schilling
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MUST have high clearance vehicle. Five star view at peak - the mountains and rock faces are truly breathtaking. There isn’t really a trail - we used the map and our compass. It’s not marked at all - once you enter the wilderness, eventually you’ll follow the wash with rock stack markers here and there, then climb thru wilderness to the peak. It took us more than 5 hours with an extra mile and snack breaks.

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Stephen Jackson
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This is a fantastic hike. You should download waypoints from birdandhike.com in order to stay on the trail. Once you get to the top, hang a left and follow the ridgeline for about a mile and you'll hit an awesome slickrock area.

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Kaydo Otten
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Tiana U
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Leslie Schilling
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Squan Jack
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Evan Thomas
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Craig Turner
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