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We loved this hike today. I wish we could have finished it, but after the first few miles it got too icy to attempt in just hiking boots, so we didn’t make it to Comet Falls. The part we did was beautiful and we’d like to go back with the proper equipment. The is some snow on the trail but it would be passable if not for the ice toward the top.

hiking
11 days ago

Nice accessible falls.

Great views of the Tatoosh Range at the top.

A good hike for work/reward balance since it’s so short and the views are stunning on a clear day. Climbing the switchbacks is comprable to doing 100 flights on the stairmaster, so it challenged me, but would probably be fine for many who are very fit/have hiking poles/take frequent breaks. It is all uphill with only one or two little stretches that are neutral. From the saddle, you can see Mt. Adams and Mt. Hood, and if you keep going up to the peak on the left side after the saddle, you can see Mt. St Helen’s on the far right of the horizon. A beautiful hike with good weather as of 10/17, I started off with layers but shed them as I ascended.

hiking
1 month ago

Got to the TH at about 0930, a beautiful 50 degrees, clear blue skies. Trail is in excellent condition. Only saw 6 other people on the trail today. Beautiful hike, will be back in the spring!

amazing views and the falls are awesome!!!

It’s amazing! No snow today but absolutely worth it. On a clear day you can see Mount Helen and Baker

walking
1 month ago

Nice hike to the falls from Paradise parking lot. It’s definitely a workout for the hammies but wouldn’t have it any other way.

hiked mid October. clear skies , perfect hiking weather. stunning views of Mt Rainer,surrounding ranges and Mr Adams.

great hike!!! loved it.
get there early there is very limited parking at the trail head.

This was a beautiful hike but definitely difficult. If you’re not a frequent exerciser in great shape, I’d say try something else. The incline was pretty intense with not a lot of flat area breaks. Not sure I’d say the view at the top was worth it but it was nice to look at.

One of my favorite hikes! Amazing reward for little work. Views all the way up are incredible and if you are lucky enough to have a really clear day, you can see Mount Adams and Mount Hood from the top! The trail is pretty rocky so good shoes are recommended, but the incline is not bad at all. No snow on the trail as of 10/14 but it was definitely cold so be prepared.

I had plenty of company on this well maintained trail leading to an awesome view at the Saddle. Best to do this hike on a clear day to enjoy mountain views of Mt Rainier to north and distant views of Mt Adams.
The trail begins through a tree-filled stretch. Once the views open up you will relish the hike.
On a switchback about 1/3 mile from the Saddle there is a perfect spot to pause on a large boulder and take in views of Mt Rainier and Paradise. I had a snack sitting there and the memory will last me a long time.

nice view all the way to the peak. Luckily see a black bear at the 15 minutes walk.

So so gorgeous ! But if you hate incline almost 97% of the way than this will not be your best friend lol but it’s so worth it and peaceful at the top! Beautiful sunny day!

Beautiful views from every turn. A little ice on trail, happy I had my poles.

One of the best! Start getting into the snow near the top of comet falls, before Van Trump trail.

hiking
2 months ago

To quote someone we met at the top of the trail, “This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.”

Sunny day; autumn colors; brilliant blue sky; could not have been better. Clear views of Mt. Adams, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier (of course) and Mt. Hood from Plummer Peak. So much nicer hiking here rather than the rat race at Paradise.

love love loved this hike. I am active and prepared... those that are sight seeing this hike is harder. I did do this one with my 12 yr old son. views all the way along the trail. a lot uphill. well maintained trail though. fall colors spurt out through the entire hike! so much to see! overall, loved this hike more than any of the 7 mini and I have done this year!

Great hike overall but more difficult than I was lead to believe from various reviews on here. Previous reviews say the first mile is steep, but I say the entire 2.5 miles is steep and can be more difficult at certain points. Good news is that there are plenty of places to pull off to the side to catch your breath and take a break. The view of Christine Falls is 100% worth the trek. If you hike further up you can get a nice cool mist from the falls to help you cool off and is quite refreshing. Parking is scarce so get there early or drive a few feet from the main parking lot to find an overflow lot to park at.

This is one of my favorite waterfalls with absolutely stunning wildflowers and a great view of the mountain.

walking
2 months ago

Very nice short walk down a very well marked path.

This was a Great Hike, especially because the weather was good! Must hike all the way for the best rewards! Lots of elevation gain, but with spectacular views at every level. Even got views of Mount Saint Helens.

Beautiful views, but aggressive wasps on the peak. Every other aspect of the hike was great though.

We were here on 09/13 which was a overcast day. I felt like this hike took a lot of work and time up for very little payoff. To start the road was under construction so within the first few miles we were stopped at a sign saying road closed for an hour. Talked to some previously waiting cars and sounded like awhile had already elapsed. Waited maybe 20 min to continue. Then you have this unpaved road that is just so rough the whole way and has a speed limit of 25 mph. Takes about 40 minutes with lots and lots of moments you swear you will have a flat tire. The hike itself was not overly strenuous or technical but is definitely a workout at times. We only went to the falls and turned around since we knew we weren’t going to get any Mountain View’s with the weather so in total was a 4 mile trip. Then back down the rough road to wait another 30 minutes at the construction zone to leave. I think if it had been a clearer visibility day so that the hike itself had more visual payoff I wouldn’t have cared so much about the time and the travel etc but for us it was just a pretty standard forest hike with a lot of obstacles.

We hiked this on 9/12 and I absolutely loved this one. Didn’t see anyone else on our hike so was nice to be alone. Just got partial views of the top of Rainier with the overcast weather. Some blue skies came through but never revealed the entire mountain so I could only imagine how much more amazing this could have been. We did get some views though and as we stopped at the visitors center afterward they said they hadn’t had any view of the mountain all day. I agree with previous reviews hiking poles definitely helped as there is quite a bit of elevation and lots of rocks on your path.

On a clear day this is an amazing hike. We were lucky enough to have great weather and the views of mount rainier were spectacular! It definitely has some elevation so be prepared! We got there @ 9am on a weekday and only saw a few ppl on the trail .

Teaser views of the summit along the way, as well as various smaller waterfalls, before reaching Comet Falls. Continue past the falls to Mildred Point for a great view of Rainier, glaciers/glacial streams, and the upper valleys. Well worth the visit! Best visited in late summer/early fall when the snow has melted in the upper valleys.

This is one really tall waterfall. Using a trekking pole was helpful on the way down to keep my 50-year-old knees from getting sore. If you are short on time or stamina, the view from the bridge ABOVE Christine Falls is very worthwhile and about 10 minutes from the trail head.

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