Comet Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

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#6 of 11 in Nature in Mount Rainier National Park
Comet Falls is a tall waterfall located on Van Trump Creek in Pierce County, Washington. The falls are thought to be the best in the Mount Rainier region.
At first glance the falls drop about 300ft out of a hanging valley in one lofty plunge. The height of the plunge is actually 320ft. The falls are more than that though, as there are two obvious smaller tiers below the main drop as well as one just visible above the main drop. The bottom two drops are 40 and 20ft high while the height of the upper drop is not known. In any case, assuming the upper drop is at least 20ft high, the falls are likely around 400ft high.
Due to the strong bedrock the falls flow over, the falls themselves were not damaged, but the mudflows still left their mark. A canyon up to 10ft deep was carved by the mudflows just below the falls and all plant life lining the creek below the falls was washed away and replaced by dead vegetation. Also, the pool at the base of the main drop was filled in by rock and debris.
The floods of 2003 and 2006 actually helped the falls a lot because it removed most of the debris that previously lined the creek below the falls. Once again, due to the strong bedrock the falls flow over, the falls were not altered much.
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  • 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 dis...  more »
  • 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 F...  more »
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  • Gorgeous all the way, with a wonderful reward for the trek up
  • The most spectacular falls in Mt. Rainier National Park.

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