Lost Creek Grotto Trail

EASY 55 reviews

Lost Creek Grotto Trail is a 0.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
75 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

old growth

rocky

Lovely short walk to seasonal waterfall & grotto, benches & viewing platform Although very short, this is a very pleasant hike. Almost the entire route lined with rocks so it is (almost) impossible to wander off the trail. After crossing the (normally dry) washbed, you enter the brush and vegetation. If you visit in the early spring (Mar - Apr), this area is filled with blooming Western Red Bud trees - which are brilliant fuchsia/pink and a real contrast to the other vegetation. Also, there is a band of burros which live in Willow Springs area and walk down the wash (which this trail crosses) every morning towards Icebox, and then work their way back up the wash at the end of the day -- if you go early and keep you eyes/ears open, you'll likely see the burros or hear them braying. Remember to not approach the burros and NEVER touch or feed them. There are benches and viewing platforms along this trail and interpretive signage helps visitors to be aware of what they're enjoying. Be sure and haul trash out. The waterfall is seasonal.

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1 month ago

Fun little trail for kids! We hiked this trail with our 4 & 6 year old kids and they had a blast. We started off at the willow springs parking lot and then crossed at the cross walk. You have to pass through a wash and then the trail is very easy to follow. There was no waterfall at this time (November) but they still enjoyed climbing on the rocks and taking pictures. It is easy to see the trail and there are stairs made from rocks which makes it much easier for kids and inexperienced hikers to do this trail.

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2 months ago

We ended up taking the western trailhead from the parking lot marked "Children's Discovery Trail." This trail is a bit more difficult than the Lost Creek trail to the east end of the lot. On the way out, we accidentally found the Lost Creek Trail which ended up being a shortcut and an easier hike out with a raised wooden deck pathway.

The trail dead ends in the canyon at the base some great cliffs. It's a great place.

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5 months ago

Nice, short, kid-friendly trail. We took our baby (less than 6 months) on this trail and my husband had him in a front carrier. He was exhausted from being carried around... Ha. Just kidding. He did well. There are a few nice shaded rest-spots along the trail. You could do this trail and another one in a single day. Lots of great photo taking opportunities on this trail also! There was supposed to be some water at the end, but we didn't find any (mid-June hike). Bonus - it wasn't too crowded on a Saturday morning!

6 months ago

Went to red rock canyon to do calico tanks trail but it was not open due to parking lot work
So did this short and very easy walk
Took no time at all
Scenic drive in and around red rock with lots of smaller trails if you care to do several in one day
Short drive outside of Las Vegas
Area is well equipped with rest areas and bathrooms

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6 months ago

Was a really easy trail. Good for kids too.

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