Hike to Panther Creek Falls

    0.5 miles 200 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

    Added by Angela Service

    This 130 ft. unique waterfall is a hidden gem in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. It's a short, less than 0.25 mile hike down to the viewing platform.

    This hidden beauty is just north of Carson, Washington. Watch for Panther Creek campground signs and follow the twisting road about 7 miles to a rock quarry and park there. The trail begins just off the road about 50 yards back - keep an eye out for signs for the trailhead and listen for the falls. From here it's a short walk to a wooden viewing platform with a well maintained trail. It's a nice shady area and a good spot to picnic. There are no garbage cans, so make sure you gather everything you bring in and don't leave anything behind. This is the family and pet friendly part of the hike.

    If you're feeling adventurous, hike/scramble/climb your way down to the base of the falls if you can do it safely. It is very steep and slippery and more for the advanced hiker. 200 ft. downstream is another spectacular waterfall and just as difficult to get to as the first one. Be cautious and keep your children and pets at home if you're venturing to this waterfall.

    Check the USDA Forrest Service website for more information on Panther Creek Falls Trail #137.

    Falls Coordinates:
    N45º 52.031', W121º 49.688'

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    Easy Parking
    Family Friendly

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    🥇Top Contributor

    28 days ago

    Easy hike to an incredible waterfall!

    This simple hike takes you to a breathtaking waterfall. It's a little hard to find off the road, so look for other cars!


    Really enjoyed easy hike

    🥇Top Contributor

    5 months ago

    Great for out of towners

    We brought my brother’s girlfriend here and she really enjoyed it. She’s not too fond of hiking so we knew the 0.5 miles would be ideal and it all worked out. She had a great time and so will you!

    My Favorite Waterfall

    I went on this hike a few years back, so I'm not sure what updates have been made, but I made the trek out there just for the waterfall. There is a viewpoint very close to the parking area, but the best views were from the base of the waterfall. I only encountered maybe two people while there on a weekday

    Do NOT Scramble down below!

    I can't believe this website is condoning off-trail behavior. Between websites like this and social media, no wonder places like this are getting shut down. They created a NEW TRAIL to a lower platform with OBVIOUS SIGNAGE that asks you to STAY ON THE TRAIL. Several people have died here in the last few years due to websites like this encouraging people to go off trail! Just don't. Respect public lands and obey the signage.

    Leave No Trace

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    We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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