Visitors to Mount Rainier National Park are advised that a new closure is in effect on the Comet Falls Trail from approximately 1/4 mile below Comet Falls to the River crossing above Comet Falls in Van Trump Park. This closure is due to an abundant amount of avalanche debris in the Van Trump drainage, making the trail dangerous and creating extremely hazardous river crossings. A fall through hidden pockets in the snow could be fatal (see photo below).
Route Finding Skills Necessary on most backcountry trails.
Also consider the steep snow slopes, melt holes, thinning snow bridges, and other early season hazards that you may encounter, and be honest with yourself in assessing your skills and experience. In addition, having proper gear (adequate boots, ice axe, the ten essentials, etc.) is a must. Learn more about current trail conditions.
Before heading out into the backcountry, please visit or call one of the Wilderness Information Centers to get the most up-to-date conditions.
Last updated: February 28, 2015