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Comet Falls



4.6 mile 7.4 kilometer out and back
61% Runnable


Ascent: 1,919' 585 m
Descent: -1,918' -585 m
High: 5,507' 1,679 m
Low: 3,638' 1,109 m


Avg Grade: 16% (9°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)


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Trail shared by Tom Robson

An easy to follow journey past three distinct waterfalls, Comet being one of Rainier's highest.

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.


One of the highest waterfalls in the park, Comet Falls was named because it resembles the tail of a comet. Van Trump Park honors P. B. Van Trump, who, with Hazard Stevens, was one of the first people to stand on the summit of Mount Rainier.

Need to Know

There is no designated camp along this trail. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Runner Notes

Comet Falls is a little pretty steep for running, but provides great hill training. In addition to the slope angle, the wet roots might prove difficult to navigate.


The Comet Falls trailhead is located four miles east of Longmire on the road toward Paradise. Parking space is limited and often full. There is no additional parking nearby, so have an alternate run in mind.

The trail climbs steadily uphill for 1.8 miles until it reaches the base of Comet Falls. From there, it switchbacks 0.8 mile uphill to the junction with the Rampart Ridge Trail. Van Trump Park is to the right, where the trail winds through the meadows until the maintained trail ends in 0.5 mile - at Mildred Point.

Flora & Fauna

Three hundred-twenty foot Comet Falls is a popular destination for many runners. For those folks who continue to Van Trump Park, Mount Adams and Mount St. Helens are visible to the south while the Kautz and Van Trump Glaciers dominate views of Mount Rainier to the north. Look for marmots, pikas, and goats on rocky open slopes.

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Aug 15, 2018
Paul Dzierba

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Crossing Van Trump Creek on a nice bridge.
Aug 29, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
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Aug 19, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Eagle Peak.
Mar 4, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Looking down at Comet Falls (photo by Brewbooks)
Jul 23, 2015 near Eatonville, WA


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