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.