Rainbow Falls Trail

EASY 64 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.

0.4 miles
59 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


15 days 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.

27 days 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.

2 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.

2 months ago

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

3 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.

3 months ago

Amazing waterfalls! Water drops down almost vertically.

3 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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Make sure you bring your swimsuit!

6 months ago

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

9 months ago

Hardly a hike, but beautiful rainbows!

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

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.

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.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Fantastic trail!!! Great for kids

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Rainbow Falls is a easy trail, you can park (free) and walk up straight to see the waterfall. After, a few pictures you can walk up the stairs to get a view from the top of the fall. Walk around the top and continue on down if you'd like. A must see!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Amazing , just a walk up to see it.

nature trips
Sunday, February 01, 2015

Poked around the falls a bit. Just a beautiful waterfall in the middle of a neighborhood. Only in Hawaii.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

We love waterfalls. We hike to as many as possible, so when we saw this, of course we had to go have a look.

The Good:
- The falls were beautiful. There are two overlooks where you can get a good picture of the falls. We came at a good time; lots of water flowing.
- For those who are more adventurous, there is a path off to the left that leads to the top of the falls. There is one section were you get an overview of the falls. But if you continue into the "forest" past the Banyan tree, there is another path that leads you to the water's edge at the top of the falls.
- My kids loved the Banyan trees. They loved climbing them, swinging from them, and in general running around the whole area. Even my little 2 year old loved climbing the tree and cried when we told her it was time to leave.

The Not So Good:
- Muddy
- We did not see a path that could lead down to the base of the falls. In my opinion, that would have made it great.

Bottom Line: This is a great set of falls to go see. It doesn't take that long to get there and you can spend as much or as little time as you want. I think it is worth a stop during your stay on the big island.

Yelp!: http://www.yelp.com/biz/rainbow-falls-hilo

Monday, January 13, 2014

I wouldn't say its a hike but very beautiful to see.

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