Red's Meadow to Rainbow Falls Overlook

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Red's Meadow to Rainbow Falls Overlook is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near June Lake, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 406 feet Route Type: Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching





wild flowers


no dogs

Great easy hike for families with kids.

18 days ago

Great trail! The destination is just stunning!!!

25 days ago

Great trail!!! Waterfall was amazing! There were some great wildflowers: fireweed, western columbine, and tons of lupine. If you drive in before 7am you don’t have to take the shuttle, highly recommend. Do the hike as early as you can, gets really crowded.

This has to be one of my favorite hikes, the waterfall looks like it should be on a postcard

Friday, August 10, 2018

We took the Reds Meadow Resort path back to Shuttle stop #10 which is recommended to get out because it is the last shuttle stop and usually fills up the shuttles leaving the area. The trail to the base of the Falls is closed now for 2018 for rerouting and restructuring and will reopen in 2019. Air quality was fine despite the fires but it was dry, hot and windy so bring enough water. The waterfall was beautiful and well worth the hike according to my seven year old! This trail has a steeper incline on the way back than to the Rainbow Falls trailhead so thats always an option to get to another shuttle stop too.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We hiked this trail 2 times last summer. The first time it rained on us and we couldn't see the rainbow. The second time it was very hot but we did get to see the rainbow. The trail doesn't have a lot of shade so if its hot that day bring extra water.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Nice trail, would rather ride horseback!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

The hike begins at Reds Meadow Resort. It continues gradually downhill toward the San Joaquin river. You cross Boundary Creek a little over half way to the upper viewing area. We were there in October 2017, the lower viewing area was closed for repairs, but the views of Rainbow Falls and valley down stream are worth the walk. Enjoy!

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