Van Trump Falls

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

Rating: 2.5     Difficulty: 3
Van Trump Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Van Trump Falls is a waterfall that I'm giving special attention to because we nearly confused it with Comet Falls. If not for our prior research before going on this hike, we very well could have ended the Comet Falls hike prematurely!

Anyways, the waterfall you see pictured at the top of this page is the uppermost waterfall that we saw on Van Trump Creek along the Comet Falls trail. It might also be informally known as Upper Van Trump Falls.

The author of our Pacific Northwest Waterfalls guide (Gregory Plumb) also gave names to the cascades we had noticed on Van Trump Creek further downstream from the falls pictured above. We had noticed them during our Comet Falls hike but didn't realize they were given names. He called them Lower and Middle Van Trump Falls, but to be honest, there were so many cascades on that creek that it was hard to tell which one was which.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Van Trump Falls was the pre-cursor to Comet Falls (shown here) though Van Trump Falls was no slouch in its own rightVan Trump Falls was the pre-cursor to Comet Falls (shown here) though Van Trump Falls was no slouch in its own right
Van Trump Falls (and Comet Falls) was also in the Paradise section of Mt Rainier, where it was possible to get good locks at the summit of Mt Rainier in just a short walk from the visitor centerVan Trump Falls (and Comet Falls) was also in the Paradise section of Mt Rainier, where it was possible to get good locks at the summit of Mt Rainier in just a short walk from the visitor center
Possibly Lower Van Trump FallsPossibly the lower falls

Possibly Middle Van Trump FallsPossibly the middle falls

Looking against the morning sun at the fallsLooking against the morning sun at the falls

Attractive view of Van Trump Falls as we were coming back from Comet FallsAttractive view of the upper falls as we were coming back from Comet Falls


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Right to left sweep of the falls starting from a downstream view then panning past the log bridge before ending at the three-tiered falls (as viewed from the Comet Falls side of the creek)


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Since the waterfalls featured on this page can be seen on the Comet Falls Trail, see the Comet Falls page for more details.

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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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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