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Black River to Rainbow Falls is a 1.3 mile out and back trail located near Ironwood, Michigan that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Length 1.3 mi Elevation gain 190 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking River Waterfall Wildlife
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Ursula Berry
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Lots of stairs but worth the trek down! Beautiful!

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Catherine Booher
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HikingGreat!

Great trail! This is on the east side of the river and leads to a slope overlooking the falls - as opposed to the west side, where all the other falls access is - with steps down to a viewing platform. The west side is through a beautiful hemlock forest with a soft floor and a beautiful, unobstructed view of the falls - the east side platform has an awkward angle. A bit north of the trail head you can walk out to Lake Superior beach - also beautiful, of course.

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Jeffrey Meeker
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HikingGreat!

I am rating this a three because even though I just visited Rainbow Falls yesterday, out of the waterfalls on the Black River it is the one I remember the least. I do remember there was indeed a rainbow from the spray and the overlook is fairly close to the waterfall. And, of course, as with Sandstone Falls, Gorge Falls, and Potawatomi Falls, there are lots of steps. As I mentioned in my review of the other waterfalls of the Black River, I prefer not to see a waterfall from an overlook, but rather to be able to descend to the river to see the waterfall from the bottom. Of the waterfalls on the Black River, only for Sandstone Falls can you see it from the river itself rather than from an overlook.

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Jody Yeates
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Good road. Easy find. Low water, as to be expected at this time of year. Hit all the black river falls today

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Gail W
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Randall S
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Went on a sunny warm February day. Parking along the end of the road where it stops bc lot is snowed in. You can cross the bridge and head either down along the water or take the trail up hill that goes to Rainbow Falls, this is The North Country Trail. One can probably manage the walk over the bridge and to the water without snow shoes, but the trail to rainbow falls is probably much easier with them. We had a great day walking over deep snow without much of a problem. Such a wonderful hike, and a good workout with all that snowshoeing!

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Ellen Smith
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Lovely, easy hike. Little slippery right now but doable without snowshoes/yaktraks. Much better viewpoint of the falls than from the opposite side of the river.

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Amanda Adams
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David Lambert
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Scott Miklovic
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Christine Arason
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Riss Zittel
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Michael Scholze
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Kevin Davis
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Deena Brown
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Shelley Powers
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Vicki Valpatic
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