Hike to Comet Falls

Washington Comet Falls Trailhead

Added by Lorene Voskinarian

  • 3.8 mile hike
  • Lots of Waterfalls
  • Easy Access to Trailhead
  • Great hike for overcast days when Mt Rainier is not visible

Located on Paradise Road along the south side of Mount Rainier, the Comet Falls Trail follows Van Trump Creek up to the magnificent Comet Falls. The hike is 3.8 miles round trip with 1250' of elevation gain.

The trail starts off at 3650' and soon crosses over a bridge above Christine Falls. It quickly starts ascending. As you hike, be sure to keep an ear out for waterfalls. There are many footpaths off the main trail to view smaller waterfalls along the creek.

At 1.2 miles the trail ascends a crib ladder and continues along until you reach a creek crossing. You will see a sign that says "Comet Falls 200yds" and a log bridge. The waterfall to the right is the 3-tiered 124' Bloucher Falls. Continue across the creek and you will see the massive Comet Falls up ahead. This falls has an overall height of 462', with the tallest drop being over 300'. Continuing along the trail will get you close enough to feel the spray off the waterfall. This is the end of the Comet Falls hike, but you have an option to continue on another 1.2 miles and 900' elevation to Van Trump Park with Mt Rainier views.

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4 months ago


I would say this was one of the unexpected, coolest hikes I've been on. Last July I started around 7am under a heavy fog, which added a fascinating element I had yet to hike in prior to this day. The greenery, well-made and makeshift bridges, various waterfalls you pass by before you come upon the massive Comet Falls that were largely hidden by the dense fog...it was awesome. You can extend your hike well beyond, but beware the never ending stairway of death that comes right after Comet Falls.

4 months ago

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