Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile

MODERATE 50 reviews

Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, CA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.9 miles 633 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

1 month ago

Beautiful falls! The actual hike to the falls is relatively flat and family friendly. Be careful if you have little ones wading into the water near the falls; the rocks can be very sharp!

1 month ago

Went here after the Devil's Postpile, it was a nice trail and offered some more amazing views once you got to the waterfall

1 month ago

Amazing hike, it never gets old!! It's super smart to go very early in the morning around 5am so that you yourself can drive down there and park wherever you want. I have taken the bus down there and i had to stand the whole time and quite frankly, i think any Californians or hikers will admit that having to stand in a packed bus isn't our cup of tea and we're not used to it. Also there are MANY tourists that you can avoid as well. Get up super early when it's still dark and drive down to Devils Postpile and catch the trail. You have to be at the entrance before, i believe, 7am or else they will not let you in! At this early in the morning, you can't see the rainbow at the falls because the sun doesn't hit it yet, but it is worth it. You might see one or two people, and it is so calming. Birds chirping and the sun rising, nothing beats it. This is amazing compared to the hundreds of people trying to get a peak at the waterfall, and hundreds of people on the trail alone. But whatever you end up doing, enjoy the whole experience!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with nice views. Waterfall had a good amount of water and we even saw a rainbow. We walked over the top of Devil's Postpile which offered more views and a closeup look on the hexagon patterns. Total distance including hike back along the road was 5.9miles

2 months ago

Probably more spectacular earlier in the summer, but the trail was great for my husband, dogs & me! The falls we're still nice, just not as full as the photos I've seen and no rainbow.

3 months ago

The scenery going to the falls is outstanding! We decided to connect to the Pacific Crest Trail and get off the beaten path on our way back to the falls, which was well worth it. The trail going back to the bus stop is all up hill so caution should be taken for people with health conditions.
Over all I think it is worth going to see.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice family trail. Always very crowded. Still very beautiful and great for kids.

3 months ago

Nice trail. Easy and almost flat. The waterfall is gorgeous. Mind the sun in summer - not a lot of shadows towards the fall.

4 months ago

We only did the hike from Red's, Easy hike from there, although trees are burnt out from forest fire years earlier, could get warm mid-day, Stairs to the bottom of the falls were closed, wish we would have known, would given a higher rating if we could have gotten down to the river!

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was tough for me. I'm not used to the elevation and it was really against me on that hot day. It's mostly in the sun due to the fire years ago. Wear a hat and sunscreen. We had two camelbacks (5L total) between two kids and and two adults and tapped them both out by the time we got to the shuttle pickup.

My 7yr old did pretty well on this hike. Definite times of complaining and wanting to give up, but he was so happy he went on when we reached Rainbow Falls.

My husband hiked this with our 29lb 3yr old on his back in a carrier and did it with relative ease.

It's definitely worth continuing on after you reach Devil's Postpile.

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy 2.5 mile out and back trail via Devil's Post Pile and some fun little foot bridges along the way. If you go an additional .5 miles you can make it to Lower Falls were the water is a bit more clear and the crowd clears out as most people stop at the viewing deck at Rainbow and head back.

hiking
4 months ago

Great place to go with the family, too bad the stairs are closed ... Must go ..

hiking
5 months ago

Fun. Beautiful waterfall and valley.

hiking
5 months ago

O M G this is a "must see".

5 months ago

5 months ago

The stairs leading to the bottom of the falls was closed. It's a beautiful view but it would have been better to see it from eye level. Sunny hike from Devils post pile, but easy hike and dog friendly

hiking
5 months ago

Steep walk down to waterfall, there are stairs leading down single file. So worth it though :)
The hike to the waterfall is pretty barren with dead trees. No bathroom beware

5 months ago

Fun lil nature walk in mammoth. We went on the first summer day when it opened so it was super crowded.

5 months ago

Awesome short walk for a picnic.