Comet and Christine Falls is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from July until October.

Length3.2 miElevation gain1,279 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are per vehicle or per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is per person. You can also purchase a park-specific annual pass. Please check the park website for current rates. The Comet and Christine Falls trail begins from the Comet Falls Trailhead and is one of the most popular trails in Mount Rainier National Park. The small parking lot fills up quickly. It is best to use the Nisqually Entrance to reach this trailhead. Christine Falls is about two miles from Comet Falls. You will cross Van Trump Creek on the Comet Falls Trail as you hike along scenic overlooks before reaching the beautiful falls. The Christine Falls is right next to the historic Christine Falls Bridge. The falls are relatively easy to access, however, there are some steep and rocky portions. 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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Megan Fercha-Sutley
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Lots of snow! Unable to complete entire trail but had a blast.

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Jake Reichardt
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Snowshoeing

Avalanche Danger following heavy snow last night. This was our second attempt to snowshoe to Comet Falls. We only got halfway before losing the trail on a steep slope. We searched up and down the slope a bit but couldn't find a safe trail so turned around. On our way back we crossed two avalanches that had not been there on our way up -- scary! We could see other rollerballs as well so we crossed the rest of the slopes cautiously but hastily. Be careful if you attempt this trail soon.

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Anam Raja
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Ashley Rappleye
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Deep, soft snow. Not a great trail to try snowshoeing for the first time. I would not attempt this trail right now without snowshoes. Even with them I only made it about .75 of a mile in before I turned back. I was not comfortable with how much I was sinking and sliding down the side hill. My two friends continued on for about another .5 mile but never made it to comet falls. Beautiful day and great time to be outdoors, but not my favorite hiking experience.

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T G
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Snowshoeing

3 13 2021 Deep snow and unmarked trail made it difficult to safely continue over bridge at Christine Falls. Micro-spikes = post-holing ; snow shoes = steep angles with little room to find footing. Trees down and debris to navigate.

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Noah Gabrielson
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SnowshoeingGreat!Off trailScrambleSnow

What an epic hike. Used micro spikes most of the way. Used snowshoes the last leg after the last bridge. You can still make it without, but with a little more effort. Nobody on the trail. Had the entire place to ourselves. There are definitely some sketchy parts. Be super careful! Ice axes helped, but I wouldn’t say it’s crucial. The last bridge crossing can be a pinch challenging but definitely doable with caution. The gate does close in the evening so make sure you get back to the car in time. (Not talking about entrance)

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Jake Reichardt
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Snowshoeing

We only went 1.25 mi before turning back where an avalanche had crossed; couldn't tell if the snow was stable. Snow was 3-4 ft deep and the path uneven due to postholes. Snowshoes helped after the first 1/2 mile. Gorgeous scenery.

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Kimberly Christner
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HikingSnow

Did most of this hike today in the snow. Definitely needed microspikes and poles for the sketchy portions. A couple of areas above the creek were pretty narrow. Snow close to the falls was softer and mushier, thus our turnaround point. Will probably have a good laugh closer to summer when I see how close we actually were. A beautiful hike along the creek and through the woods, though. Started around 9:15 am and only saw a handful of people on our way back.

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Kyle Smith
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Backpacking

couldn't make it all the way with snowshoes, still beautiful.

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Jeff Jamba
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This was Comet and Christine Falls hike. Must have went off trail in the snow. Definitely use poles and snow boots or shoes.

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Terry Albertson
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Alicia Bommarito
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HikingIcySnow

I completed this trail about two months ago (review was posted), but wanted to check it out in the snow season and it was definitely a whole new world! Still very treacherous, probably even more so, and quite the cardio challenge! My 51 year old dad joined this time for his first hike in the mountains EVER! We only wore hiking boots, although I would not recommend! We are very lucky we remained safe and sound. There was a time I was completely hugging the side of the mountain to avoid falling. I would not go back out there without spikes at the very least! With that being said, we were able to make it to the grand view of Comet falls, not as close as we did the first time, but still enough to experience it. Overall, this is a great trail that offers an exceptional view of Rainier, a challenging workout, and what all your mountain hiking dreams are made of!

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Jen M
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Sean Ayles
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Kayla Wilson
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Probably only doable with snowshoes today. Constant fun little game of 'am i going to sink 4 inches or hip deep this step?' Eventually it just stays at hip deep powder. Got about .8 miles in before turning around at thin hillside part of the trail.

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Elaine Chang
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Jana Dong Lovelady
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Very beautiful. Especially with the snow. First time in Rainer park, so not aware of the $30 pass. Amazing views. As you drive more into the park, colors change from green to white. Christine falls isn’t marked, but it’s the big huge one that the road/bridge goes over. Comet falls does look like a comet (with the spray). Icicles. Slippery. From here out, you should prob bring at least microspikes and poles (even though I didn’t think to bring either and made it fine back down). But with more snow, definitely. Oh, use gaiters too! :) it was just so pretty as you did the hike. You were along the water the entire way. Just beautiful.

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Jonathan Moffitt
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HikingGreat!IcySnow

Good moderate hike. Our 6 year old did it no problem. Snow increases to a few compact inches at the top. Icy for the top half. Yak tracks would be nice, but we were fine without them.

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Jake Briscoe
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HikingGreat!

Amazing hike. We did it while raining out the entire time. The whole trail was very colorful and waterfall was well worth the knee pains to get to.

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Michael Klein
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A great hike with beautiful views. Kept hiking to Van Trump Park. Amazing views there too!

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