Devils Postpile Trail to Rainbow Falls

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Devils Postpile Trail to Rainbow Falls is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mammoth Lakes, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
613 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

no shade

historic site

Directions from Camptonville: Travel on Hwy. #49 east for 12 miles to the Cal-Ida Road, which is on the left just past the Indian Valley Outpost. As you turn off, not the mileage on your vehicle for future reference. Proceed north on Cal-Ida Road. After 4.5 miles you will pass the old Cal-Ida Mill. Directly after the mill the road forks. Follow the right ford for 11.2 miles. The road is paved and has become Forest Road #25. You will pass Indian Fire area and the Eureka Diggins area. One mile past the Eureka Diggins Area the pavement ends. From the end of the pavement drive 2.5 miles to a point where the road forks. Take the left fork, staying on Road #25. After 1 mile Road #25 veers to the left. Stay on Road #25 (do not take Road #25-29). After 1.5 miles more the road forks again. Take the left fork, still Road #25 (do not take Road #25-31). Continue for 1.7 miles to the next fork. This time take the right fork (do no take Road #25-32, which leads to the Morristown Diggings). Driving the last 0.7 miles, you will reach the trailhead where there is ample parking in the roadside.

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9 days ago

Beautiful easy hike. The Postpile is fascinating and the hike to the falls is easy. Signage is excellent and the trail is dog friendly.

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous. I have so much fun on this trail. I never miss it when I visit Mammoth. Make sure you smell the trees (trust me)! I remember when I was a kid, I got to hike down to Rainbow Falls, right across the rocks, right up to the falls. But last year when I went, it was blocked off. Not sure if they’ll open that path again. I hope so. Anyway, on the way back, instead of going back to the Postpile, I went to Red Meadows and took the shuttle back from there for different views. There’s also a market.

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14 days ago

Great trail..

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19 days ago

Overall the hike was decent. The scenery along the trail was pretty boring. Lots of burnt and cut down trees from the fire 25 years ago... the falls were pretty but I wouldn’t say the hike is worth it. There are many other hikes in the area that I would recommend over this one. For people that hike often, this hike is underwhelming... but if you don’t get to hike often, this hike may be a good one as it is not strenuous at all. (Except one or two short uphill climbs).

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1 month ago

A "should do"... to see it. But a bit crowded for the avid hiker.

1 month ago

Beautiful!