Comet Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

4.6
#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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  • 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 tim...  more »
  • 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 ...  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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