Wilson Homestead via Pine Creek Trail is a 1.8 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.
Short little walk to meadows & remains of early Red Rock homesteaders 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 W, and the view looking E down canyon is especially captivating at sunrise. I never tire of admiring the ponderosa pines that line Pine Creek, or the brilliant red rocks along the mouth of the canyon. The one thing in very short supply at the homestead/meadows is solitude. This is a VERY popular canyon, although most people take either the shorter ecology trail, or continue far past the homestead.
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.
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.
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.