Waterfalls

The mesmerizing sight of a never-ending column of water. The beauty and power in the roar of the falls. Because Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the lower 48 states, the park alone is home to over 150 waterfalls, many over 300 feet in height. The 25 active glaciers also power a similar density of waterfalls outside the park boundaries. Many of these waterfalls can be seen from a roadside viewpoint while others are the reward of a day hike. Some are pretty and bubbly, others thunder with power. This list outlines those falls accessible and worthy of a visit. The list is growing, so check back as we add more falls.
wdt_ID Name Height Form Source Access Best Flow
1 Carter Falls 53 ft. Plunge Paradise River Moderate Hike Year Round
2 Chenuis Falls 287 ft. Steep Cascade Chenuis Creek Easy Hike Winter - Spring
3 Christine Falls 69 ft. Tiered Plunges Van Trump Creek Car Year Round
4 Comet Falls 462 ft. Tiered Plunges Van Trump Creek Moderate Hike May - July
5 Covel Creek Falls 75 ft. Segmented Plunges Covell Creek Moderate Hike Spring
6 Denman Falls 141 ft. Plunge Saint Andrews Creek Long Hike / Mtn Bike May - August
7 Fairy Falls 680 ft. Tiered Horsetail N/A Difficult/Discouraged May-August
8 Goat Falls 10 ft. Plunge Goat Creek Easy Hike Year Round
9 Ipsut Falls 60 ft. Tiered Horsetails Ipsut Creek Moderate Hike/Bike Spring - Summer
10 Kautz Creek Falls 400 ft. Tiered Plunges Kautz Creek Difficult Hike June - October
Name Height Form Source Access Best Flow

Lava Creek Falls

If you’ve never seen Lava Creek Falls you’re not alone. These falls are known to waterfall experts and kayakers who kayak the Clear Fork of the Co...

Ipsut Falls

Situated in lush, cool, old-growth forests, Ipsut Falls is certainly a picturesque place, but not considered a destination hike. The reason being...yo...

Covel Creek Falls

This is one of the more unique waterfalls in the South Cascades. You not only get to see the waterfall as you approach it, you also get to walk be...

Goat Falls

The best time to visit this wonderful waterfall is in May and June, when the deep snowmelt turns a mild-mannered creek into a river torrent. As th...

Little Mashel Falls

Nothing is little about this waterfall. A veiling horsetail falls of 120 feet, this is the highest of a series of three falls accessible via the U...

Snoquera Falls

At 400 feet, Snoquera Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls on the north side of Mt. Rainier National Park. View these impressive falls from Chin...

Kautz Creek Falls

If you've ever wondered why Kautz Creek is so muddy you can blame that on the Kautz Glacier high on the southern flank of Mount Rainier. Kautz Cre...

Skookum Falls

Although 250 foot Skookum Falls is spectacular from a viewpoint on Highway 410, the hikes that get you close to the falls are great treks. The eas...

Fairy Falls

Famous photographers, including Asasel Curtis, photographed the waterfall in the early 19th century. Originally estimated to be 1,000 feet tall, 680 feet is more accurate...

Narada Falls

This magical waterfall - and popular Mt. Rainier tourist attraction - is located on the road from Longmire to Paradise, just one mile west of the ...

Ruby Falls

One wonders if this waterfall was named for a lady as several waterfalls inside the park have been named for ladies. Ruby Falls is located where t...

Comet Falls

The drama of the falls, along with its easy access make Comet Falls one of the park's most popular waterfalls. This waterfall descends from Van Trump ...

Sluiskin Falls

Sluiskin Falls is considered by many to be the best waterfall in the Paradise basin. It is named to honor Sluiskin, the reluctant Native American ...

Chenuis Falls

Chenuis Falls has a remote feel tucked away in the Carbon River Rainforest area of the park, though it's not a difficult falls to reach by any means. ...

Ranger Falls

The 4-mile walk through moderate rainforest is an incredible experience in itself, even before reaching beautiful Ranger Falls in the Carbon River...
Christine Falls photo

Christine Falls

Some of the prettiest and most easily accessible falls in Mt. Rainier National Park, Christine Falls offers a charming intimate setting for viewin...

Carter Falls

Semi-hidden Carter Falls is especially enjoyable on a hot day as the Nisqually River Rrail leading to it, is through sheltered old-growth forest b...

Madcap Falls

Madcap Falls is a small 34-foot high gradual cascade located a short distance downstream from Tatoosh Creek on the Paradise River Trail. The falls are...

Denman Falls

Denman Falls is a spectacular waterfall accessed from the West Side Road inside Mt. Rainier National Park. The waterfall is difficult to reach because...

Spray Falls

Hiking to Spray Falls, witness incredible beauty even before reaching these mighty falls. This one is a must on the waterfalls list. The trailhead at ...

Myrtle Falls

If you can tear your eyes away from the view of Mount Rainier at Paradise there's another nearby attraction: 72 foot high Myrtle Falls. With Mount...