Rainbow Rock Canyon

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Rainbow Rock Canyon is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Whitewater, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
7.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1479 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

The trailhead is located at the Whitewater Preserve visitor facility. The canyon includes a year round whitewater river and a robust population of bighorn sheep dear and bear. The end of the trail rewards you with a nice waterfall and of course along the way you find a few rainbow color rocks.

hiking
22 days ago

Really appreciated the beautiful transitions this trail had to offer. The moment I pulled up to the gate (got there 20 minutes before opening) I could see Bighorn high on the cliff sides surrounding the parking/picnic area. Started along the Pacific Crest Trail then branched off towards Rainbow Rock Canyon.
Rock colors and striations were cool, but keep going....the best is yet to come. Dense green foliage and a nice multi tiered waterfall, complete with a ladder and ropes to get a full sense of immersion.
Great, easy/moderate hike.
You’ll need lots of bug repellent for the last half mile.

1 month ago

Bring bug spray because the closer you get to the waterfall the more bugs you encounter! There are trees to hang your hammock :) I would highly recommend this trail

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Not that moderate due to steady elevation gain. Trail is getting narrower and can be camouflaged. Also crossing tiny creek often when approaching waterfall which recommending use waterproof boots.
Waterfall still flows as Jan 6, 2018 after 6+ months of no rain in desert. Amazing!

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