Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile

MODERATE 110 reviews

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

DISTANCE
5.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

This area can be snowed in. If you're planning on coming, definitely give the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center/Ranger Station a call at 760-924-5500 to check about access.

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1 day ago

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5 days 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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8 days ago

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11 days ago

Started at Ranger's Station and hiked to Minaret Falls then back to Devil's Postpile which was spectacular! Took the trail to Rainbow Falls but veered off to enjoy the bridge over San Joaquin River. Then back to Rainbow Falls which was gorgeous! The trek up to Red Meadows was tiring and kind of steep. But at least there's a small general store (cold drinks and ice cream too), tiny restaurant and clean bathrooms waiting for you before taking the shuttle back. Loved this hike!

11 days ago

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12 days ago

For the short hike the destination on this trail is a must.

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13 days ago

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17 days ago

Hiked this trail 2 days ago. Hiked it the opposite way. Started at Falls trail head and ended up at the Ranger Station near the Devils Postpile trail head. I would recommend this route. It was moderate downhill at first and then a gradual climb out. I preferred this to the gradual downhill and then a moderate climb out for 1 mile. The road was fully open and shuttles were running. No snow issues on trail or road.

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22 days ago

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27 days ago

Great hike, but super busy trail. If you want a more isolated hiking experience from Devils post pile to the falls, wait 15 minutes after the shuttle drops off the busload of people at the Devils PP trail head to let the crowd go ahead, and start on the trail before the next shuttle bus drops off.

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28 days ago

28 days ago

Bus driver after leaving the ranger station: "Buckle up bc I've never been down this road before"

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30 days ago

Hotter than I expected but beautiful view! And we walked down to the lower falls and got in the water. Super fun little hike.

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30 days ago

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1 month ago