Hikers will be able to hike all of Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier National Park, closed since June 12, starting Tuesday morning. The last part of the trail was closed by a wash-out about a mile from the trailhead that took out a chunk of trail 10 feet across and 30 feet deep.
Park trail crews and volunteers from Washington Trails Association built a short path around the washed out section.
But the opening comes with one dangerous caveat, said ranger Daniel Keebler.
About a quarter mile below Comet Falls, an avalanche has filled in a small creek. The foot log crossing that is normally there isn’t visible, if it’s even there anymore.
“It is very hazardous. It will be at your own risk from that point,” Keebler said.
The snow brought down by the avalanche will melt out eventually. But if the footlog is gone, the trail might be closed again.
“There would be no safe way to cross that creek,” Keebler said of Van Trump Creek, that also is called Falls Creek.