Pine Creek Canyon Trail

MODERATE 134 reviews

Pine Creek Canyon Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1072 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

waterfall

wildlife

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, you can 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.

Loved it. We took our 11 months old baby! She did great beautiful and easy!

This hike is not a young kid friendly hike. It is only for only four kids 8 and older. The trails are not marked very well especially once you get a mile and a quarter in to the hike. There are a lot of miniature trails with a lot of foot traffic that make it super confusing. I am a seasoned hater and have been on many hikes with my family and this is the first time I got confused on what trail to take. I wanted to do the whole hike but we couldn’t because we spent too much time trying to figure out which trail to take and then having to turn around whenever we got stuck at a dead end

hiking
11 days ago

fun trail. quite a few hikers were arriving as i left trail mid day, but had not seen many people on way out.

hiking
13 days ago

awesome trail!!!

hiking
25 days ago

This is a beautiful trail, meadows and rock scramble but easy enough to enjoy. We got to see people rock climbing. Nearby mountain is 9200 ft high and so impressive. The trail is not well marked and this app has a different length then the actual map you get, that is my only complaint. We actually don’t know if we “finished” the trail due to poor signage. But otherwise a perfect trail. There is even a small creek. Saw many other hikers.

26 days ago

Hiked this on a windy day. Gorgeous. Saw only 1 other person on the trails.

27 days ago

I'm from Arizona and I love the outdoors. especially this trail because I was the only one on the trail beside rock climbers I passed.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent Nevada scenery!

2 months ago

Cool trail that takes you to some up close and amazing views of the mountains... if you listen and look close, you just might see some climbers on the face of the mountain... Mesmerizing and terrifying to watch... Trail isn’t hard, you just need to be in decent fitness to enjoy it ... they list it at 2+ hours but it can be done in less if you keep steady pace and stay on the main trail

2 months ago

Great hike and I was only one on the trail at one point.

2 months ago

Easy to get lost. Many surprises!

2 months ago

It’s pretty easy and quite a pretty trail

hiking
2 months ago

Fun Hike for myself and my 9yr old and 16yr old. Right now in November is a Perfect time to do this trail. the weather was gorgeous. we followed the creek up back as far as we wanted, it seemed never ending..lol, .. we climbed boulders, and i do recommend everybody watch their footing if they follow the creek . there was climbing, frogs, cool insects, gorgeous colorful leaves everywhere, just fun. my kids loved it. i recommend to everyone. oh and we will be checking out the lil trail that is along side the homestead remnants! Adventure lies in wait

hiking
3 months ago

Had a great time on this “trail” today!! Once you hit the creek it’s more like a choose-your-own-adventure rock scramble. But it’s hard to get lost and it’s nice and cool. Even saw frogs and tadpoles. I’m not sure why it’s listed as being 5 miles.... we went farther than most tracked hikes on here (basically until the rocks were too big to hike over/around) and we ended up just shy of 4 miles

3 months ago

We enjoyed it !!! The weather perfect ... we like rock part before we hit the river :) .... map will help there was a couple of trail going in this trail .... dog and kids will love this

4 months ago

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hiking
7 months ago

Very picturesque however the upper part of the trail is not well established and it is hard to discern the trail from side routes and runoff paths. No cell service to check satellite location.

hiking
9 months ago

Nature is good

9 months ago

Booooo

10 months ago

Probably my favorite trail. Super calming, especially in Spring walking near the creek.

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