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Comet Falls at Mt. Rainier National Park

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 Comet Falls Trail starts with a sturdy bridge overlooking Christine Falls.

Comet Falls Trail starts with a sturdy bridge overlooking Christine Falls.

 You can hear the sound of the creek for the entire hike.

You can hear the sound of the creek for the entire hike.

 The hike is strenuous, but short: you'll ascend about 1900 feet over the course of a little more than two miles if you head all the way to the top of the falls.

The hike is strenuous, but short: you'll ascend about 1900 feet over the course of a little more than two miles if you head all the way to the top of the falls.

 Wildflowers line the pathway up to Comet Falls, especially in the rockier sections.

Wildflowers line the pathway up to Comet Falls, especially in the rockier sections.

 You can stop at the bottom of Comet Falls or continue upward to Van Trump Park, which was covered in snow when I arrived at the end of June.

You can stop at the bottom of Comet Falls or continue upward to Van Trump Park, which was covered in snow when I arrived at the end of June.

 Comet Falls looked beautiful emerging from the morning fog.

Comet Falls looked beautiful emerging from the morning fog.

Want to hike Comet Falls Trail? There's a lot of road work up at Mount Rainier National Park this summer (2016) and a fairly small trailhead parking lot, so get there early. I arrived at around 7:00 am and managed to miss the construction traffic and get out into nature for a quiet morning hike minus the crowds.

When planning your trip, I found the recent trip reports on the Washington Trails Association website to be super useful for current weather and trail conditions. More information can also be found at Mount Rainier National Park.

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