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 188 feet (57 m) in two tiers of 168 feet (51 m) and 20 feet (6.1 m). 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 150 feet (46 m) of icicles, which attracts many ice climbers.

The falls was named by Frederick Gordon Plummer in 1893 after the branch name of the Narada Theosophical Society of Tacoma. This branch was called Narada, a Sanskrit name, Name of son of Lord Brahma, the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. 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, 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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  • Easy well marked stop along the main Paradise road. Great place to stop, easy walk down and up, and get a nice view of the falls. One of the few places that had a real restroom. Multiple viewing.....  more »
  • We made a quick stop at Narada Falls on Tuesday 8/3. There is a parking lot close to the falls and less than a .5 mile (roundtrip) walk to the falls. It was pretty crowded since this made it so...  more »
  • While the walk down is only .01 mile it’s pretty much straight down. There are a few steps down. Railing only in a few spots. Take your time because it’s worth it. You can view the upper sections...  more »
  • Huge beautiful waterfall in Mt.Rainier national park, 2 great viewpoints in a short walk from the parking lot!
  • Water mist falls on your face and its lovely and refreshing.
  • The falls is right next to road and a steep but short walk down to the lookout point shows it in all its glory. I went when there was still snow on the ground and the falls were roaring with snowmelt. Gorgeous!
  • Wow! Did not expect to see this on our visit to Rainier, but we pulled over to visit when we passed by and we were very impressed. Very much worth the short walk down the slope for the opposing view
  • Visited narada falls during our visit to rainier. It's a small hike to get there. The falls are beautiful to watch and take photo shots. There's also a freshwater tap that you can taste the water from as well. Overall a good hike and a pleasant site st the end of the hike.

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