Comet Falls

Comet Falls, Washington

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This hike leads to Comet Falls, one of the tallest falls in the park, named for the water’s likeness to a comet’s tail as it plunges 320 feet into the creek below. The trail takes you through beautiful forest to several waterfalls, including Comet Falls, one of the tallest falls in the park. From the Van Trump Park Trail parking lot, hike north on the Van Trump Park Trail. The hike starts off with a bang, as you reach a bridge crossing Christine Falls in less than 0.3 mile. The bridge provides a birds-eye view of the oft-photographed falls that roar and churn around granite walls until making their final tumble near the Longmire-Paradise Road.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This hike leads to Comet Falls, one of the tallest falls in the park, named for the water’s likeness to a comet’s tail as it plunges 320 feet into the creek below.

The trail takes you through beautiful forest to several waterfalls, including Comet Falls, one of the tallest falls in the park. From the Van Trump Park Trail parking lot, hike north on the Van Trump Park Trail. The hike starts off with a bang, as you reach a bridge crossing Christine Falls in less than 0.3 mile. The bridge provides a birds-eye view of the oft-photographed falls that roar and churn around granite walls until making their final tumble near the Longmire-Paradise Road.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Comet Falls
Distance: 3.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 2.5 to 4 hours
Season: Mid-July through Sept
Trailhead Elevation: 2,160 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6650
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier West; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Comet Falls

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