Comet Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

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Comet Falls is a tall waterfall located on Van Trump Creek in Pierce County, Washington. The falls are thought to be the best in the Mount Rainier region.StatureAt first glance the falls drop about 300ft out of a hanging valley in one lofty plunge. The height of the plunge is actually 320ft. The falls are more than that though, as there are two obvious smaller tiers below the main drop as well as one just visible above the main drop. The bottom two drops are 40 and 20ft high while the height of the upper drop is not known. In any case, assuming the upper drop is at least 20ft high, the falls are likely around 400ft high.Debris Flow of 2001Due to the strong bedrock the falls flow over, the falls themselves were not damaged, but the mudflows still left their mark. A canyon up to 10ft deep was carved by the mudflows just below the falls and all plant life lining the creek below the falls was washed away and replaced by dead vegetation. Also, the pool at the base of the main drop was filled in by rock and debris.Floods of 2003 and 2006The floods of 2003 and 2006 actually helped the falls a lot because it removed most of the debris that previously lined the creek below the falls. Once again, due to the strong bedrock the falls flow over, the falls were not altered much.
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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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  • Hiked up on a snowy spring day with a few friends and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the partially frozen falls. On the way back we heard a crashing sound uphill from our spot and within seconds saw boulders racing down the ravine. My buddy yards ahead used his hiking stick to pole vault his way out of their path. The rest of us ran as fast as possible to cross the clearing.
  • Comet Falls is a nice waterfall to hike to in Mount Rainier National Park. The comet falls waterfall is easy to hike to. Very nice waterfall to take photos of.
  • Spectacular but tougher than I was expecting. Bring plenty of h20!
  • Good hike
  • Relatively easy hike with a beautiful view at the end.
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