The Pine Creek Trail is
like a lot of the other trails at Red Rock, several trails in a box canyon.
Most of these
centered around the stream that runs through the canyon in the
springtime or when there are heavy rains. This stream is fed by the small springs that themselves feed
on the rainwater and snow melt that is stored in the porous
This idyllic canyon was
originally settled by a homesteader named Horace Wilson in the early
1920's. He lived there for about 10 years before he finally moved to Las
Vegas. Deep in the canyon the foundation to his home remains. There are
other signs of habitation there, but nothing intrusive.
an enclave while large has a friendly feeling about because it is
surrounded by these nice looking mountains on three sides and the
foliage is rare and has a rare beauty. There are
numerous rare plants normally found at other elevations, other places.
The unique plants and animals found here and nowhere else
have made this spot a National Wilderness Study Area.
This trail intersects several other BLM trails: the Arnight
Trail, the Fire Ecology Trail and Dale's Trail. It is described as approximately
a 2.9 mile round trip. That would be to the Wilson homestead foundation.
There are a lot of interesting paths all along the way when you get to
the streambed area.
Following some of these, and I recommend that you
do, will make the journey longer. But that's discretionary and the whole
point of this hike is to get to the Wilson homestead.