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“Beautiful Falls...and yes it has a rainbow!” 5 of 5 stars
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Rainbow Falls
Mammoth Lakes, CA
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Beautiful Falls...and yes it has a rainbow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was the primary reason for wanting to visit this area. per my earlier review, we went to Minaret Falls then Devils Postpile before hiking on to Rainbow. Very dry there due to lack of rain. pretty good long range views due to a fire some years before.
The viewing area is fairly crowded, although there are two upper locations to view the falls.
There are also stairs down to the bottom of the falls as well.
I believe it was about 1.3 miles up to Red Meadows where the bus stop was, mostly uphill.
There is a general store, cafe, bathrooms, riding stables and small cabins here. It is a backpacking stop for many. PCT is nearby and Ansel Adams wilderness. Depending on the time of day, you may have to wait on more than one bus. It gets quite crowded towards days end and the standing room situation is challenging on the windy road back to Mammoth Mtn.
Would definitely recommend!

Visited June 2014
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Orange, California, United States
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“Easy hike, nice falls - better to continue to Lower Falls”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is a nice hike and easy for most people, even with small disabilities such as knee problems. The hike is on a well-maintained trail and there are a few large logs where you can sit to rest if necessary along the way, although it's only about a mile and a half to 2 miles, depending on where you start. But with the higher elevation and lack of shade on most of the trail, we saw some people who needed to stop along the way so be sure to bring plenty of water and plan your hike around the temperature so you don't get overheated. Once you reach the falls, there are a lot of stairs to reach the base of the falls - there were a lot of people down there the day we visited so we decided to continue to Lower Falls, which was another mile further. We were delighted to find it almost deserted - only one other person in the area - and we had a very enjoyable lunch spot after a short, steep climb down to the base of the falls. Lower Falls isn't quite as 'tall' as Rainbow Falls but we found it nicer because it was less crowded.

There were also two nice viewpoints at Rainbow Falls and another nice viewpoint at Lower Falls, which also has the 'rainbow' effect, for anyone who doesn't want to climb down. Both of the falls were very beautiful and the trail to reach them was also very nice, too. Great place to take kids or just to have a pleasant easy hike in the mountains!

Visited July 2014
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San Diego, California
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“Very cool waterfall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Did the 1.3 mile hike (each way) to the Rainbow Falls. It's pretty easy for adults, but can be pretty long if you have young kids. My 3 year old made it (with me carrying part of the way). The waterfall is very cool to see and there are 3 view points for it. You can even hike down to the bottom right where it falls to the water below.

Visited June 2014
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Orange County, CA
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“Worth the hike, even if it's hot out!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We took the $7 bus ride down into the valley to see Devil's Postpile & Rainbow Falls. The 2 mile walk can be really hot (and we arrived at the falls at 12 noon) so be sure to pack plenty of water! We brought a picnic lunch to enjoy at the base of the falls, but there are many areas on the hike that would be great picnic spots. The hike itself is mildly strenuous and there is a steep stairway to the base of the falls, so young children and older folks may have a tougher time. For all others, it is worth your time!

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Whittier, California
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“Rainbow Falls”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Went horseback riding to Rainbow Falls. It's so beautiful that you can even hike down to the falls. If you go midday, you can see the rainbow.

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