Narada Falls forms as the Paradise River tumbles over a relatively recent Lava Flow on the south side of Mt. Rainier in Washington. It is distinctive because of the variety and color of the lava flows and the clarity of the water even though it is just a short distance below the glaciers. Glacial streams are milky in color due to the suspended particulates accumulated over long periods of time in the glacier and released as the forward tip of the glacier melts. The Paradise River, in contrast, comes from snowfields representing recent snow seasons and therefore does not have the long-accumulated debris characteristic of glaciers. Early explorers felt this place had a special spiritual character, so named it Narada after a powerful sage of Hindu mythology who acted as a messenger between human and divine realms. The fall is 168 feet high. Click on image to enlarge.