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Narada Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

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Narada Falls is a waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is said to be the most popular, because the Mount Rainier Highway crosses the falls between its two tiers.The waterfall drops 188ft in two tiers of 168ft and 20ft. The upper tier is a horsetail that falls in several strands down a nearly sheer cliff, into a canyon that is perpendicular to it. The lower tier is a much smaller plunge. During the winter, the upper falls freezes and becomes a sheer 150ft of icicles, which attracts many ice climbers.The falls was named by Frederick Gordon Plummer in 1893 after a branch of the Narada Theosophical Society of Tacoma. This branch was called Narada, a Hindi word meaning "pure". A variant name is Neradah, and a common mistake is Nevada.Although there is little documentation supporting it, there is widespread belief among the Hindu community that the Falls shares its name with Narada Muni, a Vedic sage who plays a prominent role in a number of Hinduism's earliest texts, for a reason. Much like the sage, the Falls travels different realms during its course from its origin.
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  • We visited Narada Falls in May 2016 and had a wonderful adventure. Since the path down was still covered with snow, it was an effort to go down with the kids (not to get hurt etc) but once we were nea...  more »
  • This was probably the best part of our visit to Mt. Rainier. It had rained the entire day before we left & so the falls were just cascading down. It was well worth the stop & a little walk in the rain...  more »
  • This is right off the main Paradise Loop road. You can see the falls from the top without having to hike at all. To see from the bottom, you have a fairly steep but very short hike down. The falls has...  more »