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Had to take the shuttle in, I think 8 dollars round trip, but I think you can drive in before 830am but the road is narrow and buses are hard to get around. 10 dollars per car at the entrance pass the adventure center. Dogs need to be muzzled. Try not too take your dog if she/he is aggressive. Bus drivers don't like to take too many dog per trip so you may be asked to take the next bus. The drive is 30 miles. I have a lab so she barely fit underneath or in front of me. If you have a dog, make sure to get a seat. They have standing room but it's hard with a big dog.

Stop 6: Devil Postpile-0.5 miles; Rainbow Falls- extra 1.5-2miles (trail to lower falls is closed 2018) two viewpoints top of falls and lower falls viewpoints. First viewpoint to lower viewpoint is steep so climbing up is a pain. Trail itself is ok. Kinda up and down in elevation but not too steep. Well marked trail. Can deviate to the river to play in the water with dogs. You can also hike to the Mina--- Falls.

Stop 10: The other way to get in or get out: around 1 mile from rainbow falls. This trail is mildly challenging from falls to the stop so it's easier to walk down from this stop but you just see the falls. You are mostly gaining elevation coming back up. Pretty with wildflowers and Forest trees. Passes the PCT trail. There is a resupply general store here and a little restaurant that is heavily overpriced ($10+ hamburgers and $10 milkshakes)

The adventure center has tickets for the gondola and kid challenge structure/ rock wall. You can get a combo of gondola and shuttle 37 dollars each. Morning is best for gondola. No lines. But the food up there does not open till lunch. Summer time is for mountain/dirt bike and a beautiful view at the top. Construction at the top. The museum is nice for kids.

Cons: due to recent fires air quality and visibility was sub par.

Very busy trail at the end of July. Yosemite Valley was closed due to fires. Which explained the heavier crowds in Mammoth Lakes. As on all trails, take plenty of water for everyone in your group. Try the west side of the river. Much fewer people.

We started at the Rainbow Falls trailhead off of the Red Meadows Shuttle stop #9 which is a shorter hike than this one (1.3 miles one way so 2.6 round trip) You can change it up on the way back and take the Reds Meadow Resort path back to Shuttle stop #10 which is recommended to get out because it is the last shuttle stop and usually fills up the shuttles leaving the area. The trail to the base of the Falls is closed now for 2018 for rerouting and restructuring and will reopen in 2019. Air quality was fine despite the fires but it was dry, hot and windy so bring enough water. The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike according to my seven year old!

The waterfall is worth every step it took to get there!!

This might well be the most beautiful view I have ever seen. If you can walk up an incline, hike this trail before you die.

Best view of Yosemite falls in the park IMO

I made the hike to Rainbow Falls with my husband, two year old and five year old. We got dropped off at stop 6 for Devil’s Postpile.It took us a little longer than expected to complete the first leg of the trip (about 2.5 hours) so we decided to take the shortcut back to Red Meadows to make one of the last shuttles back. Mostly flat, sandy paths, with a little uphill/downhill incline on the way there. However the “shortcut” to Red Meadows is steep so be prepared! Devil’s Postpile and Rainbow Falls were pretty cool to see but I am not sure I would make this hike again, a little underwhelmed. We heard bears on the way back which was a little nerve wracking but no actual sightings. Still giving this trail five stars since it was so beautiful and would recommend this overall.

Great for a day hike! Loved seeing the rainbow falls and then hiking down to the lower falls to get in the water. Very refreshing with great views the entire time. Brought our pup too. Should note that your dog has to be muzzled for the shuttle ride to the trailhead!

Beautiful but busy

Do yourself a favor, take the bus to Glacier Point and hike all the way back down to the valley. You can hit up Nevada and Vernal falls on the way down, plus a bonus of crossing over Illilouette falls on the way to Nevada. This hike is for the most part all down hill, so for those who find going up the trail to Vernal and Nevada, this will be much more doable. The views are spectacular!

Great trail, great views of the Forrest fire that occurred in 1992. Scenery is unique. The only steep part is at devils post pile but there are a couple trails to get to rainbow falls.

A lot of young families hiking in from the lodge trail head.

A lot of work is being done at the falls to kind of “commercialize” it.

And yes, the falls create a rainbow anywhere you view it.

hiking
24 days ago

Tough hike for me as a beginner, but worth it. Bring water shoes for lower falls area. The rocks are sharp if you want to take a break and swim.

Nice little nature trail some steep portions but really nice view points. Great for pictures and a nice view of Tenaya Lake.

We started at stop 6 and hiked to Rainbow Falls. Not much shade because there was a fire in the region years ago and trees are growing back. The walk was worth seeing the falls at the end and there really is a rainbow!

Easy hike with big payoff of views. Great view of El Capitan.

Not too crowded when my sister and I went in May. It was quite an incline but very beautiful and peaceful at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike was surprisingly beautiful and away from the crowds. We went to watch the sunset & star gaze. There were a handful of people there, but we were alone not long after the sun started going down. Not a very difficult hike for someone in average shape. Very short & not too much of an uphill climb. Definitely suggest passing the general parking area for the trail and continuing down the road just a bit until you get to a service road on the left hand side. There is a small parking area directly across the street. You can hike this service road right up to the trail which will cut a good portion of the distance off of your hike:-) The 360 degree view of Yosemite is well worth it! Just stunning!

Love this hike! Beautiful view! Bit of a rush to stand near the edge!

hiking
1 month ago

Great little walk for an amazing view of Half Dome and the valley floor.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little hike! Pretty leisurely most of the way, the last little stretch is more difficult because it gets really steep but that only lasts a couple minutes while you get to the summit.

Great views. It’s a great trail of you are a little short on time. It’s not as crowded as the trails from the valley floor.

Amazing views!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike but beware of a bear that has been seen around the area after you turn right at the sight of sentinel dome.

scenic driving
1 month ago

Take your camera

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing views for a pretty easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike with my family. My 8 and 9 year old boys did great! Hiked right up without having to take any breaks, other than to snap a few pictures. Beautiful views from up top. Well worth it!

hiking
1 month ago

2.2 mile hike round trip. Minimal effort with amazing views. If you have time, do Taft’s Point trail too. It’s only 2.2 round trip too from same trail head starting point.

Amazing views. Well worth it. Both of my parents made it up no problem - I ran ahead... literally ran. It took me 18 mins to run. Took them about 40 minutes to get up. WELL WORTH IT!! On the way down I did run into a very large black bear (looked like a grizzly but someone corrected me that there aren’t any grizzly in Yosemite...). Bring a whistle or be loud. All worked out and was a great hike!!

No way is this a moderate trail. It’s an easy trail. I walked up there with my family and brother who had a 4 month old strapped to his chest and my 2 1/2 year old nephew. My nephew only needed a little assistance through 2 or 3 tricky areas but over all he walked the whole thing by him self. At the top there is outstanding views. I would recommend to anyone looking for an easy hike with an outcome of amazing views

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