Washington May 06, 2016
Everyone In Washington Must Visit This Epic Waterfall As Soon As Possible
We’re lucky to have some of the most gorgeous waterfalls in the country right here in Washington – especially in Mount Rainier National Park. One of the most spectacular cascades you can hike out and see is
Comet Falls, and it’s not a very challenging trip at all. The short, scenic trail winds along Van Trump Creek, and features a number of other, smaller cascades all along the way.
Photos don't even do Comet Falls justice - this towering cascade is by far more awe-inspiring to see in person. At 320 feet, it's one of the tallest in the park, dropping in three tiers over a basalt rock cliff. It had gotten the unique name "Comet Falls" because it somewhat resembles the tail of a comet.
The hike to the falls is fun for the whole family. It goes for less than 4 miles round-trip, as it follows along Van Trump Creek upstream. The trail kicks off by climbing a steep hill, and then crosses over a sturdy bridge that spans the tumbling creek.
As the trail continues to climb, incredible views of our grandest mountain come into sight. The path begins to level out for a bit, and then crosses the river again over a small log bridge. You'll know you're getting close as soon as you hear the thundering sound of the falls plummeting.
One of the most amazing parts about this hike (other than the glorious falls at the end, of course) is all of the smaller cascades to see along the way. Van Trump Creek features many small waterfalls en route to Comet Falls that don't drop nearly as high, but they're all still just as breathtaking.
As you're approaching the falls, the best views can be seen by the end of a series of switchbacks. If you even continue a bit further, you can reach the base of the falls and cool off by the refreshing mist (which feels absolutely
amazing on a hot, summer day).
The trip to Comet Falls is usually the perfect stopping point for most hikers and families. But, if you're feeling even more adventurous, you can keep on going up to Van Trump Park or Mildred Point.
Isn’t Comet Falls just beautiful? Would you like to hike out to see it?