Christine Falls

A gray stone bridge creates a unique frame for water cascading down a rocky ledge into a river below
Christine Falls framed by bridge.

NPS Photo

Quick Facts
4.5 miles west of Longmire, just past the Comet Falls parking area, along the road to Paradise.
Contributes to the Mount Rainier National Historic Landmark District

Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot

Season: Year-Round
While Christine Falls can be viewed from the road year-round, the trail to the lower viewpoint is snow covered and hazardous during the winter. NOTE: From May 24 - September 2, 2024, timed entry reservations are required to enter the Paradise Corridor, which includes Christine Falls, between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

Enjoy the sights or take in the sounds of Christine Falls which is located approximately half-way between the Nisqually Entrance and Paradise, along the road to Paradise. Drive 4.5 miles east from Longmire, just past the the Comet Falls parking area, to reach the Christine Falls pullouts. There is a small pullout on either side of the bridge over the falls. The best way to view this waterfall is to park and walk down the short path to the overlook below the stone bridge. Christine Falls bridge is very narrow and busy, use caution and watch for vehicles when crossing or viewing the waterfall from the bridge. The path can be very icy and hazardous during winter.

Christine Falls is a 60-foot plunging waterfall framed by a historic arched bridge. The Christine Falls bridge spans the narrow Van Trump Creek canyon between Rampart Ridge on the west, and Cushman Crest to the east. The falls are formed by Van Trump Creek, which passes north to south through the site, eventually flowing into the Nisqually River. To help preserve the outstanding scenery of the falls, this site was designed utilizing natural principles, intended to harmonize a man-made bridge in a natural environment. The waterfall is named for Christine Van Trump, daughter of P.B. Van Trump, one of the first climbers of Mount Rainier. 

Mount Rainier National Park

Last updated: April 5, 2024