Lost Creek is
a typical of the type of stream that exists in the desert. It is covered
with the brush that it sustains and that brush sustains it by protecting
the stream from the direct sunlight and increased evaporation. It is
shaded and difficult to travel along. Their are restrictions as to where
hikers can go along this trail.
Kids like it. It's a really nice looking place. It always seems
to have water. While it is covered in almost its whole
path by heavy
brush and trees, there are numerous clearings. Most of the time you would
be stooping or grabbing at branches if you were to follow the course of
is located about a mile before you get to Willow Spring. It is about a half a mile off the main Scenic Loop road and about 8 miles past the Visitor Center. This is one of the
best and easiest hikes in Red Rock Canyon.
The hike to the creek is less than a mile. In a few places it is a bit steep, but kids can
still easily go on this hike.
To get there you will
cross a dry streambed and walk up some steps. This is one of the best marked
trails in the BLM area. You will end up at the mouth of a small canyon from which a
foliage covered stream runs over the rounded sandstone.
Where this place is
almost completely covered with bushes and shrubs sunlight light filters
through to the stream bed which is covered in many places by a plant
called water cress. Along the trail you will see huge, ancient pine trees
scattered along the canyon walls. Before there was a
established and well maintained trail to it, perhaps travelers on horseback might have lost it in the dense foliage around the stream.