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This amazing waterfall gets its name from rainbows produced by mist from this 80-foot high waterfall. On sunny afternoons, this amazing sight can be seen!  This hike is considered moderate difficulty. The terrain, duration and climb can be difficult for some. Rainbow Falls Trail gains about 1,500 feet in elevation as you climb upward. It's 5.4 miles round-trip and the Rainbow Falls Trail continues for approximately 4 miles beyond the falls to the summit of Mount LeConte. Please plan accordingly and factor in the amount of daylight you will have! This is NOT a hike to start later in the afternoon.  

Useful Information:

  • It takes about 3-5 hours to hike to the waterfall and back
  • Carry drinking water with you - you will need it!
  • Wear sturdy shoes. Portions of this trail are very rocky.
  • Don't try to hike the trail in sandals or flip flops.
  • Pets and bicycles are prohibited on the trail - please leave both behind.
  • Do not climb on rocks around the waterfall.They can be VERY slippery!
  • Black bears are sometimes active in this area.

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