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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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A 3.8-mile hiking trail leads to this stunning 320-foot waterfall.

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This hike takes a lot longer than you might think for the 1.8 miles the sign at the trailhead says it is. We didn't arrive until nearly 4pm and because we were unprepared to be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
County-Hunter
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Tacoma, WA

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Tacoma, WA
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290 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

This hike takes a lot longer than you might think for the 1.8 miles the sign at the trailhead says it is. We didn't arrive until nearly 4pm and because we were unprepared to be out after dark, we turned around before reaching the falls. We could have pressed on, but I've learned not to take chances when hiking in... More 

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Hot Springs, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Long strenuous hike over steep elevation gains but the views of the smaller waterfalls along Van Camp Creek on the way to Comet Falls adds to the beauty of the hike. Comet Fall can be seen after crossing over a log bridge and short 200 ft hike up the left bank of the creek to see the falls plunging over... More 

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San Angelo, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

After researching the difficulty of the hike to do with my friends, it came across that this was a somewhat easy hike, but had some difficult areas that took us about 3 1/2 hours roundtrip. The waterfall at the end if absolutely spectacular!

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Thank Timbo5431
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

This is a strenuous hike of about five miles round trip and close to 2,000 feet of elevation again. The falls are about 300 feet high and set in a spectacular wilderness setting. It's as close to heaven as one is likely to get!

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Thank John M
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 via mobile

This was my first visit to Mt. Rainier, and I did my fair share of hiking.... by far this was my favorite hike. We began this hike really early in the morning, and I'm glad we did. We had the whole trail to ourselves and avoided the hot sun. This hike is not that long but don't let that fool... More 

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NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Well… this was quite a hike! Our group of 6 are in the late 50s to mid 60s age range and all physically fit exercise fanatics. This was an active and somewhat challenging hike. The toughest part was watching your steps over the rocks and roots. We were all ok with the uphill climb and careful with the slippery descent... More 

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Manhattan Beach
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This was the best of the 6 hikes I took. If you have the energy, make sure you continue to the top of the falls and on up to Mildred Point. I also heard Van Trump Park was cool to see, but didn't have the energy after going up to Mildred. Total elevation gain is about 3000ft I think. Stop... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

The hike itself, while less than 2 miles each way, does give you a bit of a workout up to the Falls with the steady elevation gain. Along the trail you'll see several waterfalls and the trail hugs a creek for a lot of the hike. Once you're close you'll see Bloucher Falls, a beautiful multilevel waterfall, keep going past... More 

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Blaine, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The hike to Comet Falls and, beyond it, Van Trump park has been my favorite hike in Mount Rainier National Park for the last 60 years. The hiker begins the journey hiking upward through virgin alpine fir trees that gradually become smaller and less dense as one approaches Comet Falls. The falls are aptly named because of the appearance of... More 

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Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

What beats a big, beautiful waterfall? Hiking above it to Van Trump park for amazing views of The Mountain looming over rainbow-splashed wildflower meadows! All worth the relatively intense 5 mile hike.

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