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

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Worth the time if you're in the area.

I have been to Rainbow Falls many time in the last 20 yrs. You can drive to the falls or hike from Devils Post Pile. This area which includes Red Meadow and Devils Postpile is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 9, 2015
yeguerrero
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Bonita, California
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Bonita, California
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62 reviews 62 reviews
16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

I have been to Rainbow Falls many time in the last 20 yrs. You can drive to the falls or hike from Devils Post Pile. This area which includes Red Meadow and Devils Postpile is only accessible once the snow melts, usually middle of June until Sept. Or the first snow fall.To prevent a lot of traffic you must take... More 

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San Francisco, California
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64 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We did a combo Rainbow Falls/ Devils Postpile hike. It was a trek, perhaps 5+ miles from the general store and back. I expected a cool waterfall but we got so much more! It was a most picturesque spot and we had it all to ourselves for over 1/2 hour (we traveled the last week in August.) It must be... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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133 reviews 133 reviews
26 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

It's a bit of a hike to get to rainbow falls but it's worth it! We were there in September when there wasn't much water about but it still impressed us! It's amazing how the falls have eroded the rock over 100s of years!

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Huntington Beach, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Okay first bring water ten essentials and such. Sunglasses and a hat the sun is merciless at imes. The hke is a reverse hike down then up n the way back. The hike to the falls bottom is worth it but 160 feet straight down then the bad part ..up. The devils postpile is on the way. Bring extra botyles... More 

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Long Beach, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

A little hike but worth the visit. The falls are huge and has a great view from top as well as from front of the falls after getting down the stairs in front of the falls.

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Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

A cool and exciting 6 mile round trip walk through Devils Postpile National Monument and Ansel Adams Wilderness. The Fall colors with the fire devastation of fallen trees was such a contrast between beauty and death. Bring water, suntan lotion, and a healthy appetite of oneness with nature and you will not be disappointed. The Falls itself is so wonderful... More 

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Venice, FL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Do this early in the day before the sun is too high because the sun will fry you. 300' elevation gain on the return

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Rainbow falls is about 6 mile round trip from the car park. Just follow the path past Devil's Postpile. In the heat, remember to take plenty of water as the path is dusty, uneven and has a number of steep ups. But it's absolutely worth it. Take in the scenery along the route and keep an eye out for your... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Beautiful walk/hike thru the Ansel Adams Wilderness. If you bring a dog, there is a spot where you can duck off to the right into the stream/river. Beautiful nature all around. The hike down to the waterfall is a lot of steps. Looks like it will be daunting on the way back up - it is, but not really. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

A very nice walk through different environments, fall colors were nice, path well marked, falls were wonderful even though I went late in the day.

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