• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    200 Feet

Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic
Waterfall

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'

Pack List

  • Good walking shoes
  • Picnic
  • Camera
  • Tripod
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I can't give a review of Panther Creek Falls because I was unable to make it there due to Panther Creek Road (NF-65). Should have done my research first. Road is covered in fallen trees and snow, turned around after about a half mile in, feel lucky my little Ford Focus didn't get stuck. Google "NF-65 Washington" before you go to make sure the road is passable first.

11 months ago
11 months ago

Assuming weather conditions allow you to safely descend to the base of Panther Creek Falls and view the falls from "The Cauldron", do it. :) It is an amazing experience to be down there and have waterfalls in surround sound. It is tough to not get a great photo - that is just a bonus to the experience. Pray for an overcast day so the light diffuses. If you are going just for photography, try and go early in the day (8:30-10:30 a.m. or so).

12 months ago
12 months ago

I've been here three times and each time the waterfall is different. It's such a unique waterfall and a great one to photograph. Just make sure to bring a plastic bag because your camera will get wet!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It took a while to find the trailhead because "Falls-->" was etched onto the ground. But the waterfall was quite stunning. It reminds me of Ramona Falls, but this is by far much more grand and is only a quick walk. Definitely a must visit.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The view from the platform is great, but if you want the true experience, you need to climb down to the bottom of the falls. Looking toward the platform, go left and you'll find the trail. It is rather steep in some areas, and you must partially rappel to get down. But he base of the falls is absolutely stunning and definitely worth the work.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

One of the most unique falls in the PNW. This is a must see for anyone in the area. I would also recommend scrambling down the hill and viewing from the bottom. Overall, this falls is awesome!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

This is my 2nd favorite falls in the PNW, it's just incredible! Be careful if you scramble to the bottom, but it's completely worth it. Just please don't tear up the area like so many others. There's NF camping not to far away if you want to stay in the area.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

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