Narada Falls, Mount Rainier National Park

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Narada Falls is a waterfall in Mount Rainier National Park, in the U.S. state of Washington. It is said to be the most popular, because the Mount Rainier Highway crosses the falls between its two tiers.

The waterfall drops 188 feet (57 m) in two tiers of 168 feet (51 m) and 20 feet (6.1 m). The upper tier is a horsetail that falls in several strands down a nearly sheer cliff, into a canyon that is perpendicular to it. The lower tier is a much smaller plunge. During the winter, the upper falls freezes and becomes a sheer 150 feet (46 m) of icicles, which attracts many ice climbers.

The falls was named by Frederick Gordon Plummer in 1893 after the branch name of the Narada Theosophical Society of Tacoma. This branch was called Narada, a Sanskrit name, Name of son of Lord Brahma, the greatest devotee of Lord Vishnu. A variant name is Neradah, and a common mistake is Nevada.
Although there is little documentation supporting it, there is widespread belief among the Hindu community that the Falls shares its name with Narada, a Vedic sage who plays a prominent role in a number of Hinduism's earliest texts, for a reason. Much like the sage, the Falls travels different realms during its course from its origin.

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  • We came up on Sunday and saw way too many visitors there, the next day it was just perfect. A beautiful hike to see it from below. Slippery and muddy in spots, but perfectly fine with any kind of...  more »
  • Beautiful falls that had a rainbow at the bottom of them when we visited in late afternoon. You can hike to the falls or park in a lot right next to them. You can then take a short, steep trail...  more »
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  • Huge beautiful waterfall in Mt.Rainier national park, 2 great viewpoints in a short walk from the parking lot!
  • Water mist falls on your face and its lovely and refreshing.
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