Comet Falls & Van Trump Park

A moderate to strenuous, 4-6 mile round trip day hike or snowshoe with 900-2,000 feet of elevation gain. The trail winds its way up through forests and meadows to the scenic 320-foot waterfall. In winter ski or snowshoe up to the falls or into Van Trump Park.

getting there

From SR-7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR-706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 6.5 miles to Longmire. Stop here for a restroom break; there are no facilities at the trailhead. Continue 4.4 miles to the trailhead (3,600 ft).

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

on the trail

comet falls

3.8 miles round trip with 900 feet of elevation gain

Hike the Comet Falls Trail 1.9 miles to Comet Falls (4,500 ft).

van trump park

5.8 miles round trip with 2,000 feet of elevation gain

Continue from Comet Falls into Van Trump Park. There is a junction 0.5 past Comet Falls. Turn right and contingent 0.3 miles up into Van Trump Park. Bear left and hike 0.6 mile to a junction and turn right and hike 0.5 mile to Mildred Point.

Winter route

See the "Resources" tab below for a map, elevation profile, and trip segments for the best ski and snowshoe route, one that is very different from the summer route on trail, except for the start and end points.

  • Suitable Activities: Backcountry Skiing, Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Intermediate
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Avalanche Terrain Rating Complex View avalanche forecast.
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 4,875 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269
  • USGS Mt Rainier West
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

There are no activities scheduled at this location.

Trip Reports

This is a list of titles that represent the variations of trips you can take at this route/place. This includes side trips, extensions and peak combinations. Not seeing a title that fits your trip? Log in and send us updates, images, or resources.

  • Comet Falls
  • Mildred Point
  • Van Trump Park
  • Comet Falls, Van Trump Park & Mildred Point
Ski Route Topo Map

A topo map of the winter route to Van Trump Park by Darryl Olson created via CalTopo Feb 2018.

Ski Route Elevation Profile

An elevation profile for the winter route to Van Trump Park by Darryl Olson created in Feb 2018.

Ski Route Trip Segments

An Excel spreadsheet of trip segments with direction, distance, etc. for the winter route to Van Trump Park by Darryl Olson, created in Feb 2018.

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