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Comet Falls

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Waterfalls
Activities: Hiking
Description: A 3.8-mile hiking trail leads to this stunning 320-foot waterfall.
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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180 reviews 180 reviews
81 attraction reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This trail is one of the best short hikes. There are views of the Comet Falls waterfalls just about the entire way. There are small diversions through the trail. I also liked seeing the cloudy glacial flour water at the start by the rubble. There's also a cool wood bridge to walk across. The trail becomes steep near the top... More

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Seattle, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
39 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is my favorite day hike to do at Mt. Rainier. You enter through the Longmeir gate of the national park. It is on the road that takes you up to Paradise. It can be very crowded in the summer. So if you go during the summer go late in the afternoon. Parking may be a challenge otherwise. To me... More

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Kennewick, Washington
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285 reviews 285 reviews
66 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Snowy in spring. A bit of effort takes you up to a lovely, long bridal waterfall. Great in the fall. Frisk in the pool. Go the extra distance to Van Trump Park for great views of Rainier and St. Helen's. The continuing trail to Longmire is boring and buggy. monotonous down.

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Seattle, WA
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88 reviews 88 reviews
28 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

This trail is steep! Bring water! This trail is in the trees until you breakout at the falls. We actually did this trail before the landslide closed it in 2012. I don't know when it will reopen. There is great pika habitat too.

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Portland, Oregon
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96 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

Looks like the full trail will remain closed throughout the year, since there are still warnings about the snow pack at trail end. We actually didn't get to see Comet Falls - disappointing, but it was a foggy afternoon. We could hear it and I'm guessing could have seen it from where the trail ended but no luck with the... More

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connellsville,pa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

The trail was great. Just enough to give you a workout. 900 elevation climb. Took about an hour 20 minutes to climb up and 55 mins to go down. Last 400 ft still closed on 08-11-2012.

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Glenelg, Maryland
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154 reviews 154 reviews
41 attraction reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

Over the winter of 2011/2012, the bridge to the last 1/4 mile of this trail was washed out, so you can't actually get to the falls. Local trail groups are working to restore the bridge at the top, but it wasn't open when we hiked up (August 2012) and there was a notice about the closure posted on the trail... More

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Houston, Texas
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17 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

The parking area for Comet Falls fits maybe 10 cars. It looks like just a turnout one the drive from Longmire to Paradise. But it's well worth it. As another reviewier said, the three step falls right before Comet Falls kind of lull you into thinking "that's it?" Then you walk for a few more feet, come through the trees... More

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Ashford, Washington, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Short but invigorating hike with a very impressive falls.

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Encinitas, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

This is a great hike. Lots of shade, only 900 ft elevation gain (although it feels like a bit more), and 3.8 miles round tip (http://www.mt-rainier.com/hiking_trails.html). There is a lot of shade on the trail, and you are hiking along the river/stream most of the way, so there are many opportunities for pictures. As another reviewer noted, you may think... More

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