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Loved this hike!

I can’t believe more people have not reviewed this beautiful hike because it was probably our... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Nettie2010
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Beautiful Sunday Hike

This trail head entrance is about 20 minutes from the Nisqually southwest entrance. There's a small... read more

Reviewed June 21, 2018
Alexander T
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

I can’t believe more people have not reviewed this beautiful hike because it was probably our overall favorite of the 3 different 6-8 mile hikes we did over the last three days. A good part of the distance to this 300 ft falls is parallel...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed June 21, 2018

This trail head entrance is about 20 minutes from the Nisqually southwest entrance. There's a small parking lot on the left but if it's full, you can park on the side of the road or at the Christine Falls Bridge parking area which is farther...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2017

We hiked the Van Trump Park trail past Christine Falls, made it to Boucher Falls, but alas, my knee gave out:( Nevertheless the trail to Comet Falls is a joy and well worth the effort. It's rated as moderate, but snow might make it a...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank okeedoke
Reviewed October 5, 2017

Our first day in Rainier ended up being a little soggy. When we passed through the visitor's center at Longmire, the park ranger at the Wilderness Information center took a look at the webcam for Paradise and said it looked pretty overcast for the day....More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Zamigaos
Reviewed September 24, 2017

This but one of many excellent day hikes handy to the National Park Inn at Longmire. They can all be enjoyed from the Inn without contributing to the impact of backpacking.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Eric B
Reviewed September 1, 2017

Comet Falls Trail  3.8 miles round trip, 900 feet elevation gain, and well worth the effort.  The hike starts from the roadside trailhead about half way between Paradise and Longmire.  Parking is at a premium so beware.  You may want to get there early.  The...More

Date of experience: October 2016
1  Thank Jim S
Reviewed August 19, 2017

The 1.9 mile hike to Comet Falls is steep but worth the effort. The falls are just fabulous and you can take a side spur to get safely close enough to get very wet! We made the 1.0 mile added hike to Van Trump Park...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank mhcharley
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

The climb is steep and so me of the trail is Sandy and slippery. But the view of the waterfall is awesome. You can take this hike a bit further and enjoy either Mildred point and/or Van Trump hikes, which are challenging. But also lovely.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Cindy S
Reviewed July 29, 2017

One of the best waterfalls in the state. It is 1.9 miles one way with a 900 foot elevation gain. This can be moderate to very difficult depending on your capabilities. Bring plenty of water. WELL worth it when you get there. It is a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 5, 2017 via mobile

We hiked the trail that leads to the halls. It can be somewhat challenging in spots if your not used to hiking. It is worth th effort once you get to Comet Falls. Quite a breath taking site. I believe the drop is near 1000...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Chipsaroy
Chicago, IL
parking at trailheads (8 Replies)
We're spending three days in Mount Rainier park in mid-July. I've read that some of the trailheads have small parking lots, but these usually fill up early. My understanding is that a shuttle can be used for some of the trailheads between Paradise and Longmire, such as Comet Falls. However, I don't think there is a shuttle available east of Paradise, such as to the Ohanapecosh area? (Grove of the Patriarchs, Snow Lake). My question is, what do you do if you arrive at one of these trailheads...More
May 09, 2011|
Response fromChristy1|
First, if you are going weekdays, you should be okay. And as long as you start early on weekends, I also think you'll be fine. But if the trailhead is full, you have to move on. This does happen to people--during one of the free park days last August, I heard the entire Sunrise area filled and rangers had to turn people back. Have an alternate destination in mind. You can also, when it gets close to your trip, call the park and ask if they know at what time the Comet Falls lots has been...More
Jennie B
Duluth, Minnesota
Mt Rainier NP and North Cascades NP (2 Replies)
Hi, I'm considering throwing a trip together to Seattle for the second week of May and possibly visiting Mt Rainier or North Nascades NP to do some moderate hiking. I'm reading from many sources that later summer or fall would be a better time to visit these parks because the weather would be better and there would be a lot less snow on the trails. I was looking specifically at doing the Blue Lake Trail in the North Cascades and possibly doing the Rampart Ridge Trail or Comet Falls trails...More
April 17, 2018|
Response fromChristy1|
Too much snow. Alpine trails don't really melt out until mid July. You will actually have zero access to North Cascades National Park at the time. Blue Lake is in the adjacent national forest, not the park. But in any case, the parking lot won't have even melted out yet. Some people park along the highway and snowshoe in, but you need route finding and snow travel skills.
mxfuel
Bismarck, North Dakota
National park trip 2012 (4 Replies)
We are throwing around the idea of visiting the Seattle area next summer (probably in August). It would be my wife and I (both in the 30’s) and my daughter who will be 3 years old. We are very active and usually see/hike more than most people do on their vacations. We would be interested in seeing Olympic NP & Mount Rainier NP with a shorter amount of time in Seattle. Our time frame would probably be 7 to 9 days. With that info, can you answer some questions or suggest an itinerary. ...More
November 17, 2011|
Response fromphirl|
Mt St Helens NVM also a good visit for a day