Comet Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

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Upper Comet Falls is a waterfall in Pierce County, Washington. It is located along Van Trump Creek and is located a ways above Comet Falls. The falls may have been formed as a result of the floods of 2003 and 2006 that came down Van Trump Creek.There used to be a bridge spanning the creek just below the falls, but it has been out since the debris flows in 2001 washed it away. The falls are easily seen from where the bridge used to be. Approaching the falls closely would not be terribly difficult, but one would have to climb over large boulders that were likely left there after the floods of 2003 and 2006.
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  • We hiked the Van Trump Park trail past Christine Falls, made it to Boucher Falls, but alas, my knee gave out:( Nevertheless the trail to Comet Falls is a joy and well worth the effort. It's rated as m...  more »
  • Our first day in Rainier ended up being a little soggy. When we passed through the visitor's center at Longmire, the park ranger at the Wilderness Information center took a look at the webcam for Para...  more »
  • This but one of many excellent day hikes handy to the National Park Inn at Longmire. They can all be enjoyed from the Inn without contributing to the impact of backpacking.  more »

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You could visit Mount Rainier National Park on a day trip from Seattle, but you'll probably want to stay in or closer to the park to maximize your time there. The park provides three developed campgrounds and one primitive one with nearly 500 individual sites between them. For extra creature comforts, book a room at either the National Park Inn or the larger Paradise Inn. Many park visitors lay their heads in the villages west of the park along National Park Highway. Places such as Jasper, Mineral Lake, and Alder Lake offer a mix of lodges, inns, and bed and breakfasts, almost all of which deliver full views of towering Mount Rainier. You might also find reasonable summer deals on hotels at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort just north of the park, though this is a less convenient option.
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