Willow Spring Loop

Las Vegas, Nevada

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This hike features a variety of plant communities, including riparian streamside, pines, oaks, and sagebrush desert. You can also see prehistoric roasting pits, used by natives to roast food. The trail follows the left (northeast) side of the canyon, past Native American roasting pits, to the Lost Creek parking area. The right-hand trail then crosses Red Rock Wash, branches to the right, and parallels the Red Rock Escarpment and returns to Willow Spring. Juniper trees commonly grow in association with pinyon pines, forming a forest community called pinyon-juniper woodland, or PJ for short. Pinyons tend to favor slightly higher and cooler slopes, while junipers favor slightly lower and warmer slopes. The bluish juniper berries are an important food for wildlife.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas

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by Bruce Grubbs (Falcon Guides)

This hike features a variety of plant communities, including riparian streamside, pines, oaks, and sagebrush desert. You can also see prehistoric roasting pits, used by natives to roast food.

The trail follows the left (northeast) side of the canyon, past Native American roasting pits, to the Lost Creek parking area. The right-hand trail then crosses Red Rock Wash, branches to the right, and parallels the Red Rock Escarpment and returns to Willow Spring.

Juniper trees commonly grow in association with pinyon pines, forming a forest community called pinyon-juniper woodland, or PJ for short. Pinyons tend to favor slightly higher and cooler slopes, while junipers favor slightly lower and warmer slopes. The bluish juniper berries are an important food for wildlife.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Las Vegas
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Fall through spring
Local Contacts: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Local Maps: USGS: La Madre Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Willow Spring Loop

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May 2018