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Address: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Rainbow Falls Hike

The trail leading out to Rainbow Falls is an easy trail. Do be aware that the National Monument utilizes buses to take people out to all of the attractions. You will find that the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Robert S
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San Ramon, California
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San Ramon, California
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85 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The trail leading out to Rainbow Falls is an easy trail. Do be aware that the National Monument utilizes buses to take people out to all of the attractions. You will find that the bus stops are convenient and the hikes are well worth your time. This location offers a great jump off to take in the Falls and then... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The hike was sensational saw the old fire and hueprrican damage and new growth. Rainbow,falls is fine. But access is dicey.

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Thank judyegan
Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a great view and a fun hike. It is on the easy to moderate side. What's nice is that there are various ways to access the falls so you can pick the length that works best for your group. I like starting at Devil's Postpile ranger station and then finishing the hike by turning up towards Red's Meadow.

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Thank SC4RC
San Diego, CA
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The San Joaquin river runs through this part of the forest and spills over a 101 foot ledge that makes for beautiful pictures and a backdrop to your morning or afternoon hike. Well marked trails take you there from the parking area, and you can easily extend the hike over to Devil's postpile and really take in the amazing scenery.... More 

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Thank bkm425
South East England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Carry up hiking past Devils Postpile and about 3 miles along throw flora and fauna you will eventually come to rainbow falls which I'm assured early in the year is fully gushing but in August it was more of a trickle! Beautiful scenery, lovely views, persevere with the long walk it is worth it.

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Thank Liz W
Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

My boyfriend and I hike regularly. We did this hike on our recent trip to Mammoth. It was crowded, but well worth it. Got some great pictures too.

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Belmont, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

We walked to Rainbow Falls on the trail that continues from the Devil's Post Pile. Unlike the gentle stroll to the Post Pile, the trail begins and ends with flights of uneven stairs and includes several steep climbs. There are some pretty spots along the way, but much of the route passes through a burned area that is slowing recovering... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The 'hike' isn't much of a hike, it is not strenuous at all. A very well maintained trail leads out to the falls without much of change in steepness. If you haven't seen the falls, make this part of your trip.

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Aalter, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Inthis region from Lone Pine to Mamoth lakes and further on to Yosimite NP you wil find great nature and splendid view points. Mamoth Lakes is rather a smal place but with many schopping facilytis

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

I have been there twice, and the hike is just right for me, about 2 miles each way, just guessing. You get to pass Devils post pile, a geological wonder. It is a shady walk, so you don't get too hot. I took my dog, on leash,and he liked it too.

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