Christine Falls

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Christine Falls
Christine Falls.jpg
Christine Falls from downstream.
Location Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, USA
Type Tiered
Total height 69 feet (21 m)
Total width 10 feet (3.0 m)
Watercourse Van Trump Creek

Christine Falls is a waterfall on Van Trump Creek in Pierce County, Washington. The falls are 69 feet (21 m) feet high and are best known for having a bridge spanning the lower drop. The upper drop is 32 feet (9.8 m) high and is almost impossible to film in tandem with the oft-photographed 37-foot (11 m) lower tier. The lower tier is probably one of the most commonly photographed locations in the Mount Rainier area.[1]

The falls were named in honor of Christine Van Trump, the daughter of P. B. Van Trump. In 1889 Christine, then nine years old, accompanied her father on an ascent of Mount Rainier, as far as her strength would allow. She made it to the 10,000-foot (3,000 m) level, even though she had a crippling nervous disorder.[2]

Debris flows of 2001[edit]

The debris flows of 2001 scoured the creek’s banks clean of plant life, and altered the falls. It took a large chunk of rock and dumped it into the upper tier of the falls, altering it a bit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christine Falls", Waterfalls of Northwest
  2. ^ "Chronology of Climbs on Mt. Rainier". Tacoma Public Library. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 

Coordinates: 46°46′51″N 121°46′47″W / 46.78083°N 121.77972°W / 46.78083; -121.77972