“An easy to follow journey past three distinct waterfalls, Comet being one of Rainier's highest.
— Tom Robson
Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife
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.
Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.
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.
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.