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

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Beautiful spot

It is a good long walk from Devils post pile, but well worth it. We also walked down the steep stairs to the bottom of the falls and my daughter braved the cold water and swam to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Placerville, California
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Placerville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

It is a good long walk from Devils post pile, but well worth it. We also walked down the steep stairs to the bottom of the falls and my daughter braved the cold water and swam to the base of the falls. Great place to visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This is a must see. We went on horseback and then hiked down to the waterfall and out our feet in and it was just incredible.

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Harrisburg, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Took a slow horseback ride out to Rainbow Falls. Beautiful. And of course the sun was shining and we could see a rainbow. Worth the hike or ride into Yosemite to see.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Rainbow Falls can be reached via several trailheads, for a hike of varying distance, depending on your preference. You can hike from the parking lot near Devil's Postpile formation for a round trip hike of almost 5 miles or from Red's Meadow Resort for a round trip hike of just under 3 miles. The trail passes through forested areas, beside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

It was an awesome day. Went for my honeymoon. Pictures can only give you a glimpse of the dimension of beauty this place has. My wife and I were blown away with its beauty. Definitely worth the hike. Family friendly. Gods creation is awesome.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This waterfall is stunning. We parked at Devil's Postpile and walked past it to get to the falls. The scenery on the way wasn't quite what we expected as there have been forest fires in the area in recent years and the trail could be classed as 'accessible'; there were people pushing buggies along it and there were several large... More 

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Beautiful falls but it does require a significant but not arduous hike to and from this wonderful site.

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Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Not a hard hike, elevation takes a little getting use to. Do the loop so you can see Devil Postpile too! Make sure the falls water is still flowing!

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Lancaster, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

After a 2.5 mile hike, we finally made it. It was gorgeous. I was the only one in my favorite brave enough to go down the very steep, uneven stairs. It was worth it. The water felt amazing.

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

A little more of an effort than Devil's Postpile but well worth it. Go as early as possible, bring nutrition bars and water and a bathing suit if going in July or August. The wild flowers are crazy beautiful and there's plenty of shaded areas to picnic. Remind your kids to not liter or feed wildlife.

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