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Tag: comet falls trail

July
18th

New assessment leads Mount Rainier officials to keep Comet Falls Trail closed

After further assessing the situation, Mount Rainier National Park officials have opted to keep close the final portion of Comet Falls Trail. The trail had been scheduled to reopen Tuesday, but park revisited the situation Tuesday and decided to maintain the closure, said ranger Daniel Keebler.

The trail is closed because of hazardous conditions, created by an avalanche, from below the Van Trump Creek crossing, about 1.6 miles from the trailhead, to the stream crossing above Comet Falls. The avalanche filled the canyon bottom with snow and broken trees. The trail is buried beneath many feet of snow and debris.

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July
16th

Mount Rainier expects to reopen Comet Falls Trail Tuesday

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

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June
12th

Large washout forces closure of Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier

The Comet Falls Trail at Mount Rainier National Park has been temporarily closed to public use this morning, due to extremely hazardous conditions on the trail.

Superintendent Randy King said the closure begins 1 mile beyond the trailhead. A substantial washout, about 10 feet across and 30 feet deep, made worse with the recent rains over the past several weeks, has created unstable conditions that have undermined the trail approximately 1 mile in from the trailhead.

Snow and ice in the area of the washout adds to the hazard, especially if a hiker were to attempt to walk around

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