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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7 days ago

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

10 days ago

Beautiful!

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22 days ago

Loved the hike. It was hot outside but my favorite waterfall in the history of my California hiking trips. Even on a cloudy day when the sun peeks out the rainbow appears. If your tired from the hike and don't want the 2.5 miles back, keep right and follow the sign that says shuttle 9&10 0.7mls BUT it's uphill to some parts of it. Worth it all

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28 days ago

There were many people on the trail, but it was fine. It is a little bit steep and seemed a little bit far for my 75 year old mom . She's kind of fit. Overall it was gorgeous and very enjoyable for an afternoon adventure!

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A little strenuous for me but lots of shade and great views!

1 month ago

Short hike worth the view! Bring lunch or a snack and watch the waterfall while you eat on the big rock at the destination.

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