Rainbow Falls at Devils Postpile

Rainbow Falls with faint rainbow
Rainbow Falls

Quick Facts

Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Just a 2.5 mile walk from the Devils Postpile Ranger Station, Rainbow Falls is the highest waterfall on the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin river. Plunging 101-feet, the falls are aptly named for the many rainbows that appear in its mist on sunny summer days. Visitors interested in a moderate day-hike can make a loop, embarking from the Ranger Station's trailhead to the waterfall and returning via Shuttle Bus Stop 9 (Rainbow Falls Trailhead) or Shuttle Bus Stop 10 (Reds Meadow Resort). The bus can return hikers to the monument's ranger station, other bus stops in the Reds Meadow Valley, or the Adventure Center in Mammoth Lakes. Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for every member in your hiking group as the walk to the Rainbow Falls is very hot, dry, and has little shade.

Devils Postpile National Monument

Last updated: February 22, 2021