Comet Falls

Comet Falls, Mount Rainier National Park: Address, Comet Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Comet Falls
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A 3.8-mile hiking trail leads to this stunning 320-foot waterfall.
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TheLongLongTrailer
Hartsburg, MO529 contributions
A pretty walk in the woods
Jul 2020 • Solo
Well at least at first it’s in the woods. The trail is very rocky with many steep steps. The falls are pretty but I thought the bridge over the stream was more impressive. Lots of work for not a lot of gain. I actually hiked in July, TripAdvisor did t give me that option.
Written July 30, 2020
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carrieul
Kirkland, WA450 contributions
Uphill grind but man, best the waterfall is pretty spectacular
Jul 2020
Don't give up when hiking up to Comet Falls. You will make it to the top and cross a cool wooden bridge before going just a few more steps to see this incredible waterfall. We stayed for a while in awe of the view and had a great lunch before heading back down.
Written July 29, 2020
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Darren C
Fleet, UK322 contributions
Great hike
Sep 2019 • Solo
Turn up early as not a lot of parking available. Great hike pretty much straight upwards to the falls which were lovely and then straight down the way back. It is quite hard going up but take your time and should be fairly easy to do. Whole thing took me just under two hours (rangers say 4 hours) but I do walk fast so maybe 3 hours on average?
Written September 26, 2019
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Odyssey799017
Puyallup, WA1 contribution
Attempted to hike Comet Falls
Aug 2019
I can't review the falls themselves, as the trail turned out to be out of our skill level and we only make it about 3/4 of the way to the falls. Certainly not for a novice. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the most difficult, I would rate this trail as a 3.
Written September 1, 2019
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Alec D
Seattle, WA2,746 contributions
A favorite hike!!
Aug 2019
Comet Fall is on my top 5 list of favorite hikes in Washington State/Mt. Rainier. Part of the trail are like a stair master. You hear the water almost the entire hike. Go early or late in the day because the parking is very small
Written August 22, 2019
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David R
Ada218 contributions
Stunning views!
Jul 2019
Although the hike is listed as strenuous, it was not bad for my wife and I. Has all you want in a hike... not very busy trail, beautiful destination at the end, and nice views along the way to keep up your interest. Make sure you wear hiking shoes and enjoy!
Written August 7, 2019
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Nettie2010
Saint Charles, MO177 contributions
Loved this hike!
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 to cascading water from both Comet and Christine Falls so you can see and hear the water as you hike through the beautiful forest. We left the trailhead at 9:30 on a beautiful sunny day so if you are as fortunate with sunshine, go early enough to see a rainbow at the base of the falls! We went on to hike up to Mildred Point which was a very strenuous extra mile and we loved eating lunch near the top of the mountain with nobody else around, but even if you don’t go that far, this is a really beautiful hike!
Written September 27, 2018
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Alexander T
Seattle, WA23 contributions
Beautiful Sunday Hike
Jun 2018 • Friends
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 down the road (about a 10 minute walk). I arrived at 9:15am on Father's Day and the parking lot was full, but I encountered few people. It's exactly 2 miles to the falls, but the trail is quite steep with rocks and exposed roots, so bring your hiking sticks. On a sunny day, you can see a rainbow over Comet Falls. Bring sun screen and bug spray. It's a beautiful hike!
Written June 21, 2018
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okeedoke
washington state1,792 contributions
Super trail, fantastic scenery!
Oct 2017 • Couples
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 bit more strenuous. We hiked in October, with the foliage bright yellows and red autumn hues. Marvelous! The trail was a bit tricky, with snow and slush covering most. We loved seeing the back end of Christine Falls on the way up and made it to the bottom portion of Boucher. You can bet we'll be back in next July to try again! Wow!
Written October 25, 2017
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Zamigaos
Austin, TX787 contributions
Perfect for a rainy day
Sep 2017 • Couples
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. So, she suggested we try the Comet Falls Trail. Much of this hike is through the forest, so it wasn't really weather-dependent. And, it was a great suggestion.
Park is somewhat limited, so get there early. (We passed this on the weekend and it was packed by 9am). There are no bathrooms at this trail head, so use the ones at the campground or Longmire. This nearly four mile hike is not extremely difficult, but the trail is not what I could call easy. The path itself is root covered and has quite a few rocks. So, hiking shoes are helpful. You wind your way up through beautiful trees and along the Van Trump Creek. There are lots of places to take a break, have a snack and take photos. But, getting to Comet Falls is a real "payoff" at the end of the hike. This is a high falls and you get to see the complete fall onto the rocks below. Go close enough to feel the spray...it's a neat adventure.
We had planned to continue up into Van Trump Park, but we were above the snow line and it had started to mist/snow just as we reached the falls. (Which was very cool.) But, it sounds like the view from the top is even more amazing.
Written October 5, 2017
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