If you’re a fan of breathtaking scenery and challenging hikes, Comet Falls Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park is the perfect adventure for you. This 3.8-mile round-trip hike is a favorite among hikers who crave the thrill of cascading waterfalls, old-growth forests, and stunning vistas.
The trail starts at the Comet Falls trailhead (map), which is located near the Longmire Historic District. The first section of the hike is relatively easy, following the trail through a forested area with occasional glimpses of the surrounding mountains.
As you progress, the trail becomes more of a challenge, with steep inclines and some rocky terrain. But the reward at the end of the hike is well worth it. At the top of Comet Falls, is a majestic view of the 320-foot waterfall plunging into a rocky pool below.
Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife, berries, and wildflowers and enjoy the roar of the nearby creek for nearly the entire hike. The trail is open from June to October, but we recommend a visit during the summer months to see the falls at their peak flow and to avoid any lingering snow that may block your path near the end of the hike.
Before embarking on this hike, it’s important to be prepared. Wear sturdy hiking shoes, bring plenty of water and snacks, and don’t forget to pack a camera to capture the stunning scenery. Also, make sure to check the weather forecast before heading out and be aware of any park regulations or trail closures.
Overall, the Comet Falls Trail is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Mt. Rainier National Park. It’s an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.