East Fork Rain Creek Falls


Rain Creek is one of New Mexico’s best waterfall streams

Upper Rain Creek likely has 30 or more waterfalls of 20’ high or more... and several

close to 100’ high ...as well as 2 possibly near 200’ high...!!!   


Devon Fletcher and I made it in the visit East Fork Rain Creek Falls on June 6, 2018.  We knew that severe drought conditions were extreme, but we went anyway... Rain Creek was flowing small down below the high waterfalls, but the high waterfalls were not flowing enough to show whitewater.  The surface of the cliff-faces were wet and dripping, but not really flowing.  We shall try to visit them again during wetter times, so we can get some photos.  Hundreds of native trout were huddled together in pools... waiting and hoping for precipitation.


The Mogollon Range holds the Gila Mountain’s highest elevations and gives birth to the largest upper Gila River tributaries.  Rain Creek is a fine trout stream draining the south slopes of the Mogollon Range.  Upper Rain Creek divides into three forks.  We refer to these three forks as East Fork Rain Creek, Middle Fork Rain Creek and West Fork Rain Creek.  Rain Creek is a fine perennial trout stream.  This south-flowing system is easily accessible via Forest Road 147 at the Rain Creek Trailhead (see map below).  Government maps and our map show that Rain Creek used to have a trail up it.  The feds discontinued maintaining this trail years ago.  Today it is totally void of any maintained trails except for one trail-crossing.  Trail 189 descends from the Rain Creek Trailhead only to cross Rain Creek while continuing on east and immediately climbing up and out of Rain Creek Canyon.  see the map below-


HOWEVER...!!!  The “Phantom” Gila Wilderness Trail Repairman has saved this trail.  He has been faithful.  He is a blessing to humanity…!!!  See: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/WestFkMogo.htm


Some of the trails, shown by dotted lines on our map below, no longer exist.  Forest fires and the massive floods that have happen because of the fires, coupled with discontinued maintenance, have allowed these old obsolete trails to desist.  Faint remnants of these appear for short stretches... then vanish with no warning.


Good Luck and Happy Exploring…!!!


All of these photos are Google Earth Images

We have yet to explore this area...!!!

This first image has some snow


Comparing Google Earth Images with USGS Topo maps we feel that the waterfall you see at the top of the photo above, will be some less than 100 feet high.  While… we feel the sculpted waterfall near the bottom of the above photo, will be more than 100 feet high and possibly as high as 200’...

below is a Google Image of the sculpted waterfall, without snow and ice

GPS coordinates- ±33°15.665’N 108°39.169’W



...and below is a snow-less Google Image of the waterfall shown at the top of the first photo... with more waterfalls above it...!!!!

GPS coordinates- ±33°15.705’N 108°39.164’W



This bottom photo is of some 20 & 30 foot falls about mile farther upstream...

GPS coordinates- ±33°15.966’N 108°39.112’W



Most of the printed numbers (waterfall heights) on the map below, are estimates... that have not been verified in the field

Right-click-save-as on our map below to print yourself a hard copy for your hike...


Or for a new updated & enlarged map click this link: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/WestFkMogo.htm


To see the Trailhead click on this enlarged map: http://www.dougscottart.com/hobbies/waterfalls/WestFkMogo.htm


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