Christine Falls

Mt Rainier National Park / Paradise / Pierce County, Washington, USA

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Christine Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Christine Falls was a conspicuous waterfall that we stumbled upon after missing the trailhead for the nearby Comet Falls. So given how easy it was to notice this waterfall, I have to believe that for most visitors passing through the Nisqually Entrance of Mt Rainier National Park, it would most likely be their first waterfall seen in the park and thus one of the most photographed subjects as well.

The road between the Nisqually Entrance and Paradise (a little hamlet where a lot of tourist activity is at) crossed over Van Trump Creek between the upper and lower tiers of this waterfall. There was a short paved trail leading to the lower viewpoint where we were able to see the main tier of the falls plunging beneath the Nisqually-Paradise Road as seen in the photographed at the top of this page.

We were also able to walk onto that bridge from back on the road where we looked upstream to get frontal views of the upper tiers of Christine Falls. I even witnessed plenty of motorists just pause on the bridge and take photos before moving on (generally when no other cars were behind).

I've read that the falls was named after Christine Van Trump, the daughter of a mountaineer named P. B. Van Trump. Christine was known for accompanying her father on an ascent of Mt Rainier (up to 10,000ft) despite a nervous disorder.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

View of Mt Rainier on a short detour somewhere past the Christine Falls bridgeView of Mt Rainier on a short detour somewhere past the Christine Falls bridge
Deeper into the southern slopes of Mt Rainier beyond Christine Falls was the Paradise section of the reserve, which allowed us closer views of the impressive mountain from developed walkways like thisDeeper into the southern slopes of Mt Rainier beyond Christine Falls was the Paradise section of the reserve, which allowed us closer views of the impressive mountain from developed walkways like this
Mt Rainier was about a 2-3 hour's drive south of Seattle, but we were still able to see Mt Rainier from the city on a clear day like this at places like Kerry ParkMt Rainier was about a 2-3 hour's drive south of Seattle, but we were still able to see Mt Rainier from the city on a clear day like this at places like Kerry Park
Signpost pointing the way to the lower viewpointSignpost pointing the way to the lower viewpoint

The larger pulloutThe larger pullout

The upper tiers as seen from the road bridgeThe upper tiers as seen from the road bridge


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep from the lower viewpoint


Top down sweep from the footbridge crossing Van Trump Creek showing upper cascades upstream and more cascades as it continues downstream towards the main part of Christine Falls (not seen from here)


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

There are a pair of pullouts on both sides of the bridge over the falls just a little over a quarter mile east of the Comet Falls Trailhead (see Comet Falls page for more details).

The pullout east of the bridge is the larger one and can accommodate at least a half-dozen cars, I think.

As for geographical context, the Nisqually Entrance of Mt Rainier was 86 miles (supposedly under 2 hours drive) from Seattle and 50 miles (supposedly a little over an hour drive) from Puyallup. Of course with all the traffic restrictions and traffic lights, the reality was that it took at least 30-60 minutes more than what I'm quoting above.




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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