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Comet and Christine Falls is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from July until October.

Length 4.3 mi Elevation gain 2,004 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Moderate to difficult hike with steep and rocky portions leading to gorgeous waterfall views. There are parts that are a bit of a grind. Poles are a good thing for getting back down if you have bad knees.

Mt. Rainier National Park Entrance Fee

Longmire Wilderness Information Center Tel: 360.569.4453

From the Nisqually Entrance, 10.5 miles on Highway 706 to the Van Trump Park trailhead.

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Lita Lu
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Hiking

Gorgeous waterfalls at the end. Makes the ascend so worth it!! This hike was killer for me but scenic throughout and the falls were the best!!! Trail is rocky and rooty. Mildly trafficked for the most part as we did this on a Friday. Def recommend!

travis porto
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Nature tripsMuddy

Great hike to beautiful waterfalls. No need for micro spikes as of 7/11/20. Snow patch at the end near comet but nothing you can't go under or over. Was super busy by 11am on our way down.

Kam Magee
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HikingBugsIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

We hiked this trail for the second time on 7.3.20. Our first choice of hikes that day (Golden Gate Trail) was closed due to snow, ice and various other dangerous conditions. Comet Falls is one of our favorite hikes. Lots of areas on the trail looked much different than the first time in September 2019. The biggest change was at the top where the second and shorter fall is located. That entire valley is filled with snow. Fascinating stuff. There is nothing boring about this hike. The entire journey is enjoyable with a background soundtrack of rushing water and various waterfalls to see.

Rebecca Ann
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HikingMuddySnow

Gorgeous hike. Bridge crossing the creek right before comet falls has a crack in it, be careful! Some snow left but definitely manageable.

Devin Lipsey
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HikingMuddySnow

Gorgeous trail! Much harder than expected for a beginner hiker with steady steep incline the entire way, but I was super proud of myself for completing it and the falls were well worth it! Snowy for the last half mile-ish but I was fine in just hiking boots.

Seleniasinn User
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Hiking

Hiked 7/1/2020. There is snow for the last quarter mile. Beautiful

Brendan Brozen
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HikingSnow

Absolutely beautiful, a decent amount of snow close to the falls but no special equipment needed to traverse

Ryan Gutchewsky
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Chris Grissom
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Hiking

Beautiful

Rachel N
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HikingBugsIcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

Awesome hike! Recommend micro spikes and hiking boots for the next few weeks. The trail is very icy and snowy at the top, the snow is melting underneath. It is kind of dangerous as you can easily fall through the snow. I did see several people make it in their sneakers though!

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Paul Domingo
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MuddyRockySnow

I was able to see the falls but I felt very unsafe with the snow. It was very slippery even with my hiking boots. The way to the top was covered in snow and it was hard to see the trail after that. I'll come back when the snow is melted.

Daniel Bacic
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Stratton Flewelling
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

We had a great time on this trail and managed to make it all the way to comet falls. First 1/2 or so of the trail is no issue but the rest is snowed over. We made it with proper boots alone but would recommend bringing micro treads and poles at the least for a safer trip. Comet falls was beautiful and overall we enjoyed our time. 3hrs round trip. Watch your step in the snow. At times it was easy to fall through the snow where it melted out underneath. Some drops of up to 6ft were noted.

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