One of the most beloved summer activities in Mammoth, Reds Meadow, is finally opening this Friday, July 21st at 8:00a.m. For those of you who love to mountain bike Mammoth, hike and backpack but may not know all the regional names of the area, Reds Meadow is the area known for Rainbow Falls and Devil’s Postpile National Monument. Read Further for our top picks to explore this beautiful area and how to get there.
Rainbow Falls, is a sweeping 101-foot waterfall that is known for beautiful picture-perfect rainbows during the mid-afternoon sun. It’s a perfect activity if you’re ready to hike, picnic and see the gorgeous falls.
Devil’s Postpile is a vertical rock formation made of basalt. Looking like a bunch of standing tree logs these 60-foot columns where formed from lava over 100,000 years ago!
Hike– If you’re ready to hike or backpack to an incredible waterfall through the John Muir Wilderness than this is for you. An ASO Mammoth Lakes Favorite, this 5.5-mile hike is rated as moderate. From the start of the trail, Devil’s Postpile will only be 1.5 miles out and then the continuing 3 miles will swirl through lush forest and streams and end at Rainbow Falls. A shuttle ride is required to get to and from this hike. The shuttle can be picked up at the Adventure Center either at the Main Lodge or The Village.
Horseback- For those wanting an outdoors experience and adventure Mammoth like the old westerns did, we recommend the Rainbow Falls Trail Ride. This two our horse-drawn tour includes riding along crystal clear streams and witnessing rare rock formations in between riding to and from Devil’s Postpile to the Rainbow Falls. Horseback tours range from 2-hour rides to full-day tours and have options to also include Minaret Falls or The Red Cones.