This venture is a three day excursion to the beautiful Eastern Sierra Nevada where we will spend a day hiking to popular Rainbow Falls and the lesser known Minaret Falls. From early spring to mid summer, the waterfalls in this region flow at their best. The popular Rainbow Falls is named as such for yielding an impressive rainbow at about 11am to Noon. This waterfall has a straight drop of 102 ft (31 m) and is very impressive to witness in person. The other waterfall is located upstream in the opposite direction and is not as well known. Minaret Falls is a hidden gem and unlike the single vertical drop of Rainbow Falls, Minaret Falls offers dozens of cascades over a combined drop of 250 ft (76 m). With all the hiking we will be doing, a big dinner in downtown Mammoth will be a great way to end the day.
- There is a maximum occupancy of 20 people for this Venture.
There will be a significant amount of hiking involved at some pretty high altitudes on this venture so please know your limits. The trailhead to Rainbow Falls starts at about 7,600 ft (2,316.4 m) and the elevation gain is approximately 600 ft (182.8 m). The hike is a 6 mile (9.6 km) round trip so bringing plenty of water is very necessary especially in the warmer months. The hike to Minaret Falls is a 3 mile (4.8 km) round trip and a bit easier overall than Rainbow Falls.
For those that only purchase the Base Package, the shuttle bus tickets to the Rainbow Falls area are $7.00 for adults, $4.00 for children over the age of 3, and children 2 and under are free. Tickets may be purchased at the Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center. Tickets are usually purchased the day of, but may be purchased in advanced in special circumstances. If you purchased any other package than the Base Package for this trip, then the shuttle fees are included with your purchase.
In regards to temperature, The area can reach Summer averages of 83ºF(28.3ºC) and during the Winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 19ºF(-7.2ºC).