Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lakes: Address, Rainbow Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

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Luv2Grdn
Chino, CA31 contributions
A must see.
Jul 2021
It sure was beautiful, and the hike from the parking lot was nice too. Arrive early to beat the crowds. The road down from the ranger shack was quite intimidating with some steep drop offs in some spots, still these falls are a must see.
Written August 11, 2021
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Firemonkey C
Napa, CA16 contributions
Beautiful but crowds kind of ruin experience
Aug 2021
Take the shuttle to the Rainbow Falls stop AFTER Devil's Post Pile. It's less crowded and downhill and only 20 min hike to the falls. Start early before 9 am to beat the crowds. Signs are confusing. The falls are gorgeous. The crowds are the only problem. I didn't go down the steps because kids were throwing rocks. You are going to be sore after this hike. It takes about 3-4 hours. I also hiked the lower falls. There are bees due to the wildflowers. This hike is hard for kids under 5. It's too long for little kids. Poor dogs, they were overheated. There should be a ranger at the falls. People are so stupid.
Written August 8, 2021
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skjandjkj
oregon19 contributions
Easy hike with dog
Aug 2021
2.1 miles round trip - lots of kids on trail but a must see in area

Limited parking - i went late in day
Written August 6, 2021
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Esther A
4 contributions
Worth the hike!
Jul 2021
Go all the way down to watch the falls; it is truly spectacular. We have been here often; never gets old.
Written July 26, 2021
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HappyDonor
Sandy, UT705 contributions
Beautiful but experienced was marred
Jul 2021
Enjoy the falls, but it will be crowded. We were sad because a group of drunk people had hiked to the crest of the falls and were seeing how close they could get to the edge of the water flow without falling off (which I fully expected them to do). It was a shame to try and enjoy this natural wonder when someone is whooping and hollering trying to cause a scene and get attention. You may not have this group to deal with, but just prepare to share the falls with alot of people. These people also tried scaling the loose rock above the falls and caused alot of erosion and damage as they repeatedly fell down the embankment.
Written July 26, 2021
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Nagashri K
Sacramento, California, United States7 contributions
Awesome hike!
Jul 2021
The hike to this fall is worth it. You can hike from Devils Post pile or from the trailhead right near the bus stop. It is not an easy hike - I would call it moderate. Beautiful views along the way. Do make sure to climb down the staircase and get to the bottom of the falls. You can swim at the base, hang out, etc.

Couple of things to note: You will have to take a bus from the adventure center at Mammoth Lakes to get here. The bus tickets get sold out ahead of time. So, book them a few days prior. If you do not have a reservation, you will need to wait a MINIMUM of 2-3 hours before you can board a bus.

If at all possible, hike early in the morning. There is not a lot of shade on the trail. So, it gets pretty, pretty hot in the afternoon. Take tons of water.
Written July 5, 2021
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gramma P
Escondido, CA102 contributions
Takes longer to get there than you think
Jun 2021
Make sure before going on this 3.4 mile trek that you have proper hiking gear because it's not as easy as it seems if you aren't prepared!
Written June 22, 2021
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Joe mama
Mammoth Lakes, CA3 contributions
water fell
Jan 2021
the water like fell, bro it was absolutely mad. it was kinda like a sideways lake that water totally fell. one complaint; there where no fornite
Written April 7, 2021
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Sin Aguayo
San Bernardino, CA238 contributions
Feel the breeze
Jul 2020 • Family
There is a fee to get into the general area that you pay at the Department of Forestry shack that is posted there. Parking lot 10 is where you want to head to which is easy to get to since it will be the end of the road. A map will be given to you anyway and Google maps takes you right to it as well. Enjoy the scenery because there is nothing bland about this drive. The views are stunning. However, the road is narrow and you must watch out for incoming traffic. Once you get there, the hike is not very bad. You will hike for about 15 to 20 minutes to get to the falls. Surrounded by tall pine trees, grassy hills, and the smell of nature, it feels as if you are walking back in time. As you get closer you can hear the falls, which is a neat little detail. As you arrive. There is a "look out" point where you can appreciate the falls and its entirety as well as the rainbow it produces. It is best to visit this place when the sun is at its highest. You can get close and personal with the falls as well. There are access stairs that will take you all the way down to the falls and the creek. Although highly discouraged, you can swim near the falls , just be very careful not to get too close. Natives in the past use to frequent this area and you feel some connection. I highly recommend it follow me and my adventures ig @SinAguayo fb:Sin Aguayo
Written March 31, 2021
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AshofAllTravels
California63 contributions
Amazing Hike to Amazing Falls!
Aug 2020 • Family
Amazing hike with great views of the falls and a lovely place to have a snack while you cool off in the water. We started our hike at the Devil's Postpile parking lot. On a Friday morning it was almost full by 845am. The hike takes you right past Devil's Postpile which is amazing. We hiked all the way down to the falls and wet our feet in the water. We stayed for a few hours having snacks and taking in the scene! We loved the wild flowers and the falls! Definitely a hike worth doing but go early or later in the day! It is hot and dry on the way back in the hotter part of the day so take plenty of water! There are also no facilities!
Written August 20, 2020
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