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Fairy Falls
Location Mount Rainier National Park, Pierce County, Washington, United States
Coordinates 46°47′40″N 121°41′58″W / 46.79454°N 121.69949°W / 46.79454; -121.69949Coordinates: 46°47′40″N 121°41′58″W / 46.79454°N 121.69949°W / 46.79454; -121.69949
Type Tiered Horsetails
Total height 680 feet (210 m)
Total width 20 feet (6.1 m)
Number of drops 6
Watercourse Unnamed; part of Cowlitz River watershed

Fairy Falls is a waterfall in the Mount Rainier National Park in Pierce County, Washington. The falls are fed by an unnamed watercourse, which is a tributary of the Cowlitz River. The falls drop about 680 feet (210 m) into a narrow, wooden canyon in a horsetail form about 20 feet (6.1 m) wide.

Historically, the Paradise Glacier fed into two works of Stevens Creek above the tree line, one of which produces Upper Stevens Creek Falls and the other Fairy Falls. As the glacier retreated throughout the 20th century, the drainage of Fairy Falls was gradually cut off from the glacial melt and now relies entirely on annual snowfall to sustain its flow. The falls diminish greatly in late summer and may dry-out completely during droughts.

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