This is part of the Cranberry Lake Waterfall Tour which is just as impressive in winter as in summer, making this tour a year-round Adirondack Experience. None of the trails on the tour are marked, other than with a trailhead sign. The trails are very easy to follow, but slightly difficult to locate, bring a road map with you for better trail locations. You should always be careful around rapids and waterfalls, no matter the season. In winter the conditions can be even more hazardous with ice and snow lining the edge.
Rainbow Falls is one of the highlights of the tour and is every photographers dream waterfall, especially in winter. From the trailhead you will hike on a flat course with a slight descent to a field. Just beyond the field is a small, narrow wooden footbridge over a brook. This can be very slippery, walk with care. Past here you will quickly come to the top of Rainbow Falls with very steep drop offs. Be very careful here, especially with young children. The trail will continue downstream to get a better view of the falls.
Distance Round Trip:
Approximate Time Round Trip:
Families with Kids: 30 minutes
Experienced Snowshoers: 20 minutes
Out of Shape Snowshoers: 25 minutes
From the intersection of Route 3 and Route 30 in the Village of Tupper Lake follow Route 3 toward Cranberry Lake. Follow Route 3 for 27 miles through Cranberry Lake to Tooley Pond Road. Turn down Tooley Pond Road and continue for 11 miles to the small trailhead on the left. Look for an 8 x 11 inch sign on a tree near three large boulders on the left hand side of the road. Tooley Pond Road is a dirt road in sections and in winter can be very rough and slippery, drive carefully.
Difficulty: 1=easiest, 5=hardest
One: Short and flat trail with little elevation change.