Comet Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 3,625 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,789 feet. The Comet Falls Trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The trail ends near the Comet Falls Viewpoint.
Comet Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Many claim this two-step falls is the most beautiful waterfall in the park. The 320-foot cascade fans out as it crashes down the basalt cliffs, providing a spectacular show of force and beauty. The trail to this natural wonder climbs the steep valley of Van Trump Creek, offering little along the way other than an experience in the forest primeval. But once you reach the waterfall basin, that overly average trail suddenly seems exceptional."
--Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer, Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books).
"Dropping 462 feet in three tiers, Comet Falls dwarfs most other waterfalls across Washington State, and getting to see it requires a short but vigorous hike along the side of the gorge formed by the twisty and often frothing Van Trump Creek.
Along the way, three other waterfalls sweeten the deal and offer ample opportunities to cool off in glacier- fed waters. Those looking to get slightly off the beaten path in Mt. Rainier National Park should carve out a half- day to visit this stunning pocket of nature’s finery."
--Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer, Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (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."
--Heidi Schneider, Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park (Falcon Guides).
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