First Creek Peak Overlook
First Creek Overlook Peak offers views beyond what its name suggests. Aside from looking down at First Creek, one can view Bridge Mountain, Mount Wilson, Indecision Peak, and many other nearby peaks. Getting to the trailhead, however, requires a high clear vehicle. After driving west from Las Vegas on the Blue Diamond Highway, we turned onto Lovell Canyon Road. 3.1 miles later, we turned right onto a dirt road. After driving 2.1 miles, we parked at the trailhead and started up a trail in a wash.
There was little to see in the wash since cedars crowded the sides, obscuring views. That left us to concentrate on staying in the main wash. At the first two forks we kept right, and then went left at the third fork. As we drew closer to our objective, the wash narrowed. We soon exited the wash and climbed up the left side where we found a trail. We followed it to the summit. Right away the nearby colorful sandstone peaks of Red Rock Canyon caught our attention. We lingered for a time taking in the scenery before starting back down.
Instead of hiking back down the trail, we followed the ridge south to a high point. This put us on the south side of the approach wash. We easily dropped back down to the wash and followed it back to our car.
First Creek Overlook Peak seen from the dirt road
A few minutes after starting out we saw the summit on the left
Not much to see in the wash
Lewis Flax (mouse over for a close-up)
Occasionally trails skirted around difficulties
We'll soon gain the ridge above us
Looking back after starting up the ridge
The summit is on our left
First Creek lies below
Standing on the summit
Following the ridge south to a high point
The high point and the summit
Coming down from the high point
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