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Oak Creek is a hiking trail located about 2.5 miles south of the Red Rock Canyon Visitors Center on SR 159. Note, this trail is accessible from the Scenic Drive also. This hike is slightly longer and also takes you into Oak Creek Canyon. It's a great trail for hiking, horseback riding and photography. The hike is about 4 miles long, fairly level most of the way, with a limited amount of steep grades. It takes you from the Desert Scrub ecological zone to the Pinion Juniper zone. The contrast is interesting. 

As you walk up the trail, you can actually see the environment change. On an average weekend you might meet 6 to 10 people along this trail. It takes you to the base of Mount Wilson, then Oak Creek Canyon and then Rainbow Mountain.

Oak Creek is a good example of the type of stream found in the Great Basin. It is snow fed and starts deep within the canyon. As it makes its way to lower elevations, it waters a variety of environments and sustains numerous plant and animal communities. Eventually it disappears into the desert becoming part of the subterranean water table.

If your interest is photography, bring a lot of film. There are countless photo opportunities on this trail. Outstanding vistas, both to the north and to the south, the sheer cliff face of Mount Wilson, the jagged cliffs of Rainbow Mountain, the twisted forms of the Juniper trees, Oak Creek and Oak Creek Canyon. Even the rocks along the trail are worth the attention of your camera.
 
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