Rainbow Falls Lookout

EASY 92 reviews

Rainbow Falls Lookout is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Hilo, Hawaii 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
19 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

16 days ago

Not a hike but a very pretty view. Great place for someone who wants to see a beautiful waterfall but has mobility concerns.

19 days ago

The falls area beautiful, not a lot of water flowing on the day we went. Would enjoy seeing it again when the flow is higher.

2 months ago

This is not a hike but it is a pretty Falls. You cannot get down to the actual water. There are rails to prevent that.

2 months ago

Okay falls, no hiking allowed

2 months ago

No a hike, just a parking lot with a waterfall.

nature trips
4 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t consider it as much of a hike as it is a lookout. That said, worth the stop. Please stay on the main trail, as you could be fined for walking off, but more importantly it keeps you and the local ecosystem safe. The right is wheelchair friendly, the left requires stairs (the right is a better view of the falls anyways). There is a bathroom and seems highly trafficked, but it was easy for us to take pictures around the people.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful overlook. This is a two level overlook - there is no trail at all.

4 months ago

Easy waterfall, just walk out of the parking lot to see it. Cool Banyan trees at the top of the falls.

walking
5 months ago

Quick and Easy walk with nice view of the fall and surrounding

6 months ago

Not hike - just a lookout point. You’ll see the beautiful rainbows if you arrive in the morning, when the sun is behind you.

walking
6 months ago

5/27/2018-Not much of a hike, it’s more like a short walk. The parking lot is rather small considering the number of visitors and buses that park there.

7 months ago

The falls are pretty. There is no real hike here although maybe in days past. All side trails towards the river were closed off with no entry permitted. I heeded the signs and did not go beyond the overlook. Same with Boiling pots.

walking
7 months ago

Cool falls. Seems like it rains all the time in Hilo though. Not a hike...you get out of your car and walk a path up to the overlook. Kid friendly, even saw some older people with canes making the walk up the rock path.

hiking
9 months ago

Please don't "climb over the rocks" to get a better view. We have had rain here everyday for over a month. I work across the street- the river is fast and high.

9 months ago

Quick and easy view. Not really a hike at all. Except to go up the stairs to see it from the top.

10 months ago

Beautiful lookout over the falls! The lookout is really close to the parking lot, so not really a hike. You can head up a staircase and climb over some rocks to see the falls from the top, I would definitely recommend doing that.

10 months ago

Amazing waterfalls! Water drops down almost vertically.

10 months ago

So much to see! After you stop at the overload to see the waterfall, drive on past the the actual lookout and park at the next pull off area on the left. Cross the road into the wooden area...unbelievable trees-beyond description! Excellent for kids (& adults) to play on. Continue on through a narrow pathway to find a path to a swimming area-gorgeous! You can't see the waterfall from here. In fact, it was all so beautiful, we forgot to go back to see the waterfall but didn't even care.

11 months ago

Not a hike an overlook and you can take the hidden trails to the tide pools.

hiking
11 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Beautiful falls. Not really a hike, but an overlook. Very popular.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Pretty falls, but not really a hike- more of a very populated overlook. None the less, the falls were beautiful.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not a hike, but an easily accessible quick stop to a beautiful waterfall, so definitety worth it.

hiking
Monday, July 24, 2017

Drive up photo op spot. The banyan at the top was incredible.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The falls are nice, if the water is clear, but, this is not a hike. It is a walk from the parking lot. Good for people who don't hike but want to see waterfalls.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

beautiful and super convenient!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful falls ! You just need to park the car and enjoy them ! You should go around 9am because the sun rises just at the good spot to see rainbows !

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Gorgeous, pungent white ginger lines the trail up to the top of the falls. Super easy to navigate. Make sure to bring reef shoes, and a bathing suit so you can wade in the pools at the top of the falls. I was bummed that I wasn't prepared.

hiking
Friday, August 12, 2016

Hot and crowded, but still...it Hawaii

Load More