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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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Kennewick, Washington
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253 reviews 253 reviews
59 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
28 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
96 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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146 reviews 146 reviews
41 attraction reviews
115 helpful votes 115 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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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2010

Comet Falls is a 300-ft tall waterfall, but there is a beautiful three-step waterfall right before it. There's a sign that says "Comet Falls 200 feet" right before you get to the three-step waterfall, so we figured that had to be Comet Falls. But, we were wrong. We almost headed back without seeing the real Comet Falls. A nice couple... More

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