Wilson Homestead via Pine Creek Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length1.7 miElevation gain114 ftRoute typeOut & back
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There is much information available (easy to find on the web, especially at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park site) about the Wilson family and the time spent living at Red Rock Canyon. This concrete slab foundation in Pine Creek is know as the Wilson Homestead, although there is another (lesser known) in Sandstone Canyon, which still contains many artifacts. This homestead site is located in the most perfect spot imaginable - the meadows are often lush and moist, with Pine Creek within an easy stroll of the site. The view of Mescalito is perfect as you gaze west, and the view looking east down canyon is especially captivating at sunrise. This is a VERY popular canyon, although most people take either the shorter ecology trail, or continue far past the homestead.

Red Rock (BLM) ranger at entry to NCA (fee station) 702-515-5950

Be advised that the USGS topo does NOT accurately reflect the location of the scenic loop road within Red Rock National Conservation Area. 18 miles W of Las Vegas Blvd. on Charleston Ave (SR 159) to Red Rock entry (fee) station. Take the scenic loop to Pine Creek parking (fills up early). Descend steep trail down hill and head W towards the canyon, walking past the ecology trail and the sign for Dale's Trail. The concrete slab foundation from the old Wilson homestead is located on the L (S) side of this main trail, a little more than 1 mile from the pkg lot. To return, just retrace your steps and climb the steep trail back up to the parking lot. Do NOT hike in the afternoon in the summer. Although there is water, do not drink it, bring plenty of water for yourself and your dog.

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Bianca Young
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Jason Pearsall
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Awesome hike, unfortunately the scenic loop was closed due to COVID-19, but we made our own route. Once we got into the canyon there was all scrambling from there by the beautiful creek with lots of small waterfalls. Definitely a great workout, would not bring kids or dogs, but highly recommend!

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a Rod
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We intended on just doing this in and out but instead opted for a loop did a loop...ended up with 2.3 miles... easy/moderate when climbing up but only because we are beginners... nice hike will do this loop again.

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Harsh Glare
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The area is a lot cooler (temp wise) than most people would think, so the trail is practically abandoned in the summer months. I saw two wild Burros that seemed so tame I could have probably approached closer but I did not chance it nor did I think it appropriate. The homestead is marked a foundation and a there is a clearing that some call the garden near by. The Garden always seems damp and there is PLENTY of shade to rest and cool down should you be hiking in the summer like I do.

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mike cannon
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Beautiful location, easy hiking, you can watch climbers on the wall to the right. After the old homestead foundation go down to the left to the creek. Very nice spot to relax, picnic, cool off, etc.. Worth every minute. Great hike for the kids.

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Y. M.
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Take a left at the grassy spot and you'll see the creek. If you go past the grassy spot on the trail you'll be headed towards the Fern Creek trail. And that is worth seeing. You will need to do some bouldering and go up a small steep trail to get there though.

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Chris Song
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