Rainbow Falls Trail

EASY 56 reviews

Rainbow Falls Trail is a 0.4 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
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
59 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

7 days 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.

16 days ago

Amazing waterfalls! Water drops down almost vertically.

16 days 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.

1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

3 months ago

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

6 months ago

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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

Saturday, August 06, 2016

beautiful falls,go off trail and you'll find a spot were you can go swimming,water had deep spot as well as many sallow spot.if you do go off trail there's another wonderful water full behind but you have to cross the water and climb the rock to see it.a vine area some locals were swinging off of to the water.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Not a hike but still definitely worth going. Short walk to the top where you can stand on top of the waterfall. In addition to the waterfall there were awesome trees.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Really just a pretty picture with a short walk from be parking lot to the edge of the waterfall. It's not a hike and not even the best waterfall I've seen in Hawaii.

walking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

Unfortunately was only able to view the waterfall. Didn't have enough time explore the whole trail, but great view!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Made a great picture.

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