Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile

MODERATE 87 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.

Just wanted to throw a tip up here that wasn't obvious from reading recent reviews. As of mid-May 2017, you can't access the postpile from Mammoth Lakes at all. The 203 is completely covered in snow starting at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge and going east towards the postpile. (The US Forest Service site does mention a road closure, but it's always a pain to interpret those notices unless you're familiar with the area.) I don't know if there is an entrance to the monument from the west, but if you're planning on coming in from the east, definitely give the Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center/Ranger Station a call at 760-924-5500 to check about access.

20 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great views of the waterfall!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Magnificent.

hiking
7 months ago

7 months 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!

8 months 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

hiking
8 months ago

8 months 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
8 months ago

hiking
8 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

9 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.

9 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
9 months ago

9 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

9 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.