Pine Creek Trail and Climbers Trail to Mescalito

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Pine Creek Trail and Climbers Trail to Mescalito is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue Diamond, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and rock climbing and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.0 miElevation gain958 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingRock climbingViewsWaterfallRockyScrambleNo shadeHistoric site
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Once past Mescalito Peak things get a little rough till you hit "Dark Shadows". A little past the peak you will find some pools of water. It is best to get high up along the north (right) part of the trail (overlooking the pools) because in the valley, you will have to scramble over boulders. Once you get to "Dark Shadows" (where you might see some rock climbers) go a head and descend into the valley and follow along the stream (it is there most of the year and if it drys up, you can still see pools and evidence of the stream and follow it). Part of the stream follows along a steep side of the valley and is always cooler (like Ice Box Canyon) than Pine Creak Trail. You may have to walk around boulders and do some light scrambling but it is easier going than the area between Mescalito and Dark Shadows.

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Craig Snider
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Great hike with some scrambling later in the hike.

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Don Cole
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Toni R
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Beautiful all the way back but you have to find your way. Lots of scrambling to find. If creek was not running you may have been able to take that all the way up.

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ken farkash
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Katie Rayson
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Daniel Erskin
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Marlyn LadyQwst
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James Jensen
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didn't make it all the way. ran out of time. we will next time!

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Aye Name
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I love this trail when it's not busy. Hands down the best one in the conservation area. When you hit the boulders follow the red spray paint dots to get back out. Or pass the boulders to get to a waterfall.

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Karen Sharpe
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Great fun. It started out sort of flat and boring and then we headed into the hill. Once we got back down to the stream we found beautiful pools lined by steep, majestic walls of rock. Definitely worth the hike. Follow the red dots along the hill and don’t miss the cut down from the hill towards the stream.

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Angela Carla
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Gary Chung
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Chris Randall
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beautiful trail

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LeAnne White
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Choonghan Lee
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Patti Schooling
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James Mulligan
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Cristina Ingram
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Brian Van
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LOVED this trail! This was my first experience hiking anything out west. Picked this trail because of it's proximity to the Rainbow Wall. The higher up you get, the more fun it gets. We had a great time picking routes up and through the boulders. We went about 2+ miles up before the weaker vessels in our group convinced us to turn around.

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Hilda Rivas
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Completed about 1.5 miles into the trail before it became heavily overgrown and making further pass impossible. Otherwise, nice flat trail with wildlife to see.

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Connor Gordon
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Start out early in the summer because there isn't any shade for a while, and a few people I've taken have tapped out before the good stuff. If you don't give up you'll be rewarded with pools of water, mini waterfalls, and dense foliage along the way. I know a lot of climbers take this trail but since theres been little traffic this year due to covid, a lot of the small trails and paths are overgrown.

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Lizzie Johnson
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Such a beautiful trail, we weren’t able to finish the trail because you start to get really close to the trees and bushes towards the end. The road to head up to the trail is closed right now due to COVID-19 but they kept the parking lot open at the bottom so you will have to walkup about 30 minutes to the top. Weather is perfect right now. You will have to go off the trail to see a lot more like streams, ponds and be surrounded by trees.

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