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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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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.

Kundavai Krishnan
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HikingIcySnow

Reached the trail around 10AM and the trail becomes icy after 1.5 miles. Microspikes, snow poles are a must as you get closer to the falls. The snow is melting in multiple places and there were places where we almost slipped. We saw a bunch of people with running shoes and without poles. We felt it wasn't safe to complete the hike even with proper gear and we turned back.

Marco Antonio Hopf
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HikingIcyMuddy

Didnt complete de hike. Didnt have appropriate shoes nor poles. Crossing some avalanche areas can be scary ! Be safe ! (Hikes on Sunday 06/14/20)

Simon Guérard
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Hiking

Nice little hike. There was still a little bit of snow but easy to walk and navigate

Ben Mcgee
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

14 June 2020: parking areas open, but crowded with “photographers”. Snow starting about 1.5 mile mark. Very fun trail! Falls were beautiful. Some people on the trail were wearing running shoes and suffering. I didn’t need crampons or snow shoes, but I highly recommend some gortex trail runners or hiking shoes. Maybe trekking poles as well. I didn’t use them, but if i go back this season I’ll bring them for sure. Gets really cold by the falls, use layers!

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