Rainbow Falls and Institute Creek

Wrangell, Alaska 99929

Rainbow Falls and Institute Creek

Rainbow Falls and Institute Creek Professional Review and Guide

"A trail with a variety of options, a short hike to waterfalls, or longer overnight adventures into the high country above Wrangell. The Rainbow Falls Trail is a short, steep hike to see Rainbow Creek in freefall in a lush hemlock forest.

If you’re interested in a longer hike, the trail continues beyond the falls as the Institute Creek Trail, which leads to a trail shelter at an overlook of Shoemaker Bay. A branch of the trail climbs into higher country as the North Wrangell Trail, leading to the High Country and Pond Shelters."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
0.6-6 miles
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Falls: Mar through Oct. Institute Creek and North Wrangell Trails: mid-May through Sept
Tongass National Forest, Wrangell Ranger District, 525 Bennett Street, PO Box 51, Wrangell, AK 99929; (907) 874- 2323; www.fs.usda.gov/tongass/
Local Contacts
USGS Petersburg B-2 (NE), B-1 (NW); Forest Service Wrangell Island Road Guide
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018