Chasing Fall: Rainbow Falls, Mammoth Lake

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Aren’t I clever? Chasing Fall with Rainbow Falls as my first feature?!…. Okay fine, maybe not. But as sad as my attempt at being funny was just now, there is nothing sad at all about Rainbow Falls. I can’t believe it’s hardly been three weeks since I was spending my unemployment days galavanting around in Lee Vining and Mammoth Lake. It seems so long ago. So let’s consider this a #throwback subject to kick off this new season’s post series.

Mono Lake was such a beauty in person and I was happy to check it off of my travel list. Rainbow Falls was a whole other type of beast, plus we got to make a short trip to Devil’s Postpile first. We started hiking in the early afternoon and I was certain we’d miss any rainbow sightings since most websites recommended getting to the falls by noon to see them. Regardless, we still hiked the two, three short miles to the falls.

I must admit that I wasn’t terribly pleased with the journey to the falls. The surroundings were dry and plain with little shade or lush plants. At certain points you could only see the hillside covered with remains of burnt tree stumps. It was kind of depressing. But sights like these just remind you to leave little trace as possible while in the outdoors. Let others enjoy nature the way you experience it, don’t ruin it for others.

When we finally reached a lookout point and saw the falls I was ecstatic. I could hear the gentle roar of water crashing on water, feel the chill of wafting mist, and see the magnificent beauty of mother nature. Plus, it was empty except for a pair of friends who were leaving so that meant blissful solitude.

Once we descended a long flight of steps down to the water we took our sweet time soaking everything in…except the water. It was friggin' cold.

Anyway, Rainbow Falls was definitely a sight to be remembered and the timing kind of worked out perfectly, because I enjoyed the most beautiful and up close rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life.