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.
Nature is good
Probably my favorite trail. Super calming, especially in Spring walking near the creek.
The views of the canyon, walls forming the canyon, and wildlife are breath taking and make this hike worth it. However I would only rate the first half of this hike as moderate. Once getting to the left fork of the canyon, the remainder of the hike requires significant bouldering up the bottom of the creek bed and would not be what I would call moderate. Again, definitely worth it to finish but just know it will push you.
Keep on heading up right
of Mescalito for some neat pools and small waterfalls.