First Creek

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Distance1.4mi
Elevation Gain321ft
Trailhead Elevation3,649ft
Top3,956ft
Elevation Min/Max3642/3956ft
Elevation Start/End3649/3649ft

First Creek

First Creek is a hiking trail in Summerlin South, Nevada. It is within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 3,649 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 321 feet. This trail connects with the following: Valley Trail.

First Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"A day hike to a scenic canyon with seasonal waterfalls in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Follow the closed dirt road to the mouth of the canyon. A trail follows the left side of the canyon for a distance; some rock scrambling is required thereafter.

Seasonal waterfalls are found all over Nevada in the numberless canyons that cut into the flanks of the mountains. At higher elevations the falls run during the snowmelt during late spring and early summer, and sometimes briefly after heavy thunderstorms. At lower elevations such as these, runoff tends to occur during wet storms, which primarily occur in winter. The best chance to see the falls running is in late winter or early spring."

"Who can resist a hidden waterfall and pool nestled among the trees? This heavenly spot is a favorite for hiker and dog alike. The trek to the falls is across open desert and is an area of choice for the local burros, so keep your eyes out for these wild residents.

The falls at First Creek are seasonal, so plan your trip after mountain storms or during spring run-off for the best results. The well-marked trail begins at the information kiosk and travels across the desert toward the sandstone cliffs."

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6/1/2018
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4/14/2011
This is a great trail for newbies, families with kids, etc. because most of it is flat. There's a gorgeous waterfall as a payoff for your efforts.
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2/1/2011
Nice easy trail. Great hike if you just want to take it easy and enjoy the sights. The waterfall is awesome so do the first creek trail anytime but definitely make it a priority to go back when the water is flowing.
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2/20/2010
This is a great hike to do in the Spring time. We brought dogs with us and they loved playing in the stream. i would recommond it.
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5/12/2008
This is an excellent trail for a short day hike when visiting Las Vegas. As it runs directly into a small creek bed, there is considerable variety of vegetation and terrain upon reaching the oasis, despite walking through the remains of a June 06 fire for the first half mile. The desert blooms in early May were very impressive. The falls, such as they were, were less so. I'm still not sure if we even found them, so well hidden were they. We did come across the creek, which made some noise at points. A waterfall it was not, but his could be a seasonal aberration. Even so, a richly rewarding short hike in the desert for the unambitious.
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11/3/2007
This trail was very easy up until you go bouldering into the canyon. The highlight of the trail is a small pond with a dripping spring. We went 3.5 miles out and back. The elevation gain was about 250 feet.
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10/30/2007
Feels like you are a million miles form Vegas. I left late in the day, about 5pm from the highway. Nice wide trail to the canyon, gravel and rocks, not real exciting, but very relaxing. I arrived at the canyon at dusk, stay to the left heading a little higher into the canyon. Ran into a couple of guys who had been further out in the canyon rock climbing, great climbing according to them. I didn't go too far into the canyon due to the darkness and the scrambling required to go further. I hiked back after dark, beautiful clear starry night hike. This was a great way to relax after a day in Vegas at the trade show.
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6/16/2007
This is a pretty good hike and gets 4 stars in spite of the dull stretch at the beginning. The first 1-1/2 miles of the hike are nothing spectacular: improved trail and then loose sand and rocks. The best part of the hike is once you get up into the boulders. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little extra due to the bouldering, which is great and provides some interesting challenges. One neat feature is a chimney above a small spring surrounded by boulders. Climb the rocks to the opening above and chimney your way up the last few feet. You'll wind up on top of a huge rock with a great view of the canyon below. I figured that out after climbing up into the chimney and surveying it, but not knowing if there would be another way down we found an alternate route. The alternate route takes you around the left side of the same rock winding up on top near the chimney opening. We’ll definitely climb up the chimney next time. We hit the trail fairly early at about 6:40AM, but earlier would have been even better. An early start is a must during summer heat, with 70%-80% of the trek exposed. Some have said this is a good afternoon hike due to the canyon being shaded as the Sun moves around behind the south rim, but the rocks would still be quite warm in the late afternoon after soaking up heat all day. We went about a mile up the canyon from where the scrambling starts. During cooler weather it would be nice to go further up, but we turned back because it was getting quite warm and we had a long trek back down to the vehicle. We saw lots of fresh sheep droppings and heard one sheep moving up the canyon ahead of us. He bleated several times and we heard him in the brush, but unfortunately we didn't catch a glimpse. There was also quite a bit of fresh burro poo, but we didn't see any of them either. The creek bed has a lot of good cover so I imagine it could be a good place to see burros later in the day.
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3/2/2006
We did this canyon after having been to Ice Box Canyon. We liked it very much, even if we did not manage to get to the end, as it was getting dark. What you have to take into account is, that it takes a while to get from the trailhead to the canyon. We also have seen wild burros (a kind of donkey )here
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10/21/2005
Great trail for visiting a riparian area as wll as seeing a few falls and a flowing creek if there has been recent rain. If you have the time head into First Creek canyon upstream for some fun bouldering. Wild burros are often seen here to.
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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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