Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition
RoadRoad suitable for all vehicles
The weather forecast indicated a rain break in the Deming area, so I went to photograph Racehorse Falls. The creek plunges 140' down a gorge in four tiers of stunning cascades. To access the falls, start at the junction of Hwy 9 and Hwy 542, head east for three miles and turn right on Mosquito Lake Road. Proceed one mile and turn left on North Fork Road. Drive 4.5 miles and cross a wooden bridge above Racehorse Creek. Proceed uphill 0.6 mile to a left turn at the top of the hill and look for the unsigned trail on the right. The path is easy to see. The last 2.5 miles of North Fork Road are unpaved and smooth, but muddy. Hike 0.3 mile along the trail and look for a path heading downhill on the right. The trail quickly forks. It descends steeply to the right for access to the lower falls. It climbs uphill to the left to access the middle and upper falls. Be sure to visit both areas, but be careful of the drop-offs. I wore microspikes for good traction, especially on the downhill section. There is a rope to descend to the upper falls, but don't even think about attempting to use it. As predicted, the rain stopped when I reached the lower falls and did not start again until I returned home. I had a wonderful outing on a bad weather day. This is a marvelous waterfall in a very impressive gorge. As you might expect, I did not see anyone during the entire excursion.