Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail
Regarded as one of the best routes within the eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain range, the Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail is a must do when visiting Inyo National Forest. After traversing a scenic pathway, the route ends at a stunning waterfall that will not leave you disappointed!
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Route Description for Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail
As Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail is a popular route, it can become rather crowded depending on the time of year you choose to visit. Due to this, we recommend starting Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail earlier in the morning to avoid the larger crowds that often accumulate midday.
The Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail is an excellent trail simply because of how beautiful and accessible it is. Traversing alongside stunning and unique rock formations before ending at the tranquil Rainbow Falls ensures no shortage of scenery can be enjoyed throughout the route, while its relatively short distance and easy access make it appropriate for all skill levels and families with young children.
Having arrived at the trailhead, follow Devils Postpile Trail south alongside Soda Springs Meadow. After passing the meadow, stay south on Devils Postpile Trail, making sure not to follow any veering pathways at any of the various junction points along the trail. Soon the route will pass over a stream and the elevation will begin to steadily incline.
After passing over a second stream, the trail will begin to head southeast as it reaches a short plateau. The Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail will then bring you over one last creek before the elevation begins to incline again. Once you have completed the incline, you will arrive at the Middle Fork San Joaquin River, where incredible sightlines of the magnificent Rainbow Falls can be admired. Take this opportunity to enjoy the sights and take a rest before backtracking your steps towards the trailhead.
A stunningly beautiful waterfall, Rainbow Falls draws people from far and wide who come to admire its grandeur. A 30 m drop, Rainbow Falls is located along the Middle Fork San Joaquin River and is named after the rainbow that appears when the sun hits the mist coming off it. Spring is considered to be the best time to see Rainbow Falls, as the runoff from snowmelt increases its scale exponentially.
Insider Hints for Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail
- A shuttle from Mammoth Lakes exists to save you the effort of having to find parking.
- Hungry after your hike? Visit John’s Pizza Works for some grub!
- Wear sunscreen and a hat to help protect you from the effects of the sun.
- Check out Kittredge Sports for all your outdoor equipment needs.
Getting to the Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail is located at a parking lot off of Devils Postpile Access Road.
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