Panther Creek Falls

Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, Washington

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  • Panther Creek Falls from below.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Panther Creek as seen from the lower viewing area.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The short trail to the viewing platform.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The new viewing deck.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The upper falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Upper Panther Creek Falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The stream feeding the falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Oregon Oxalis (Oxalis Oregana).- Panther Creek Falls
  • The trail dips down the bank just past the trail sign.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The trail to a viewpoint below the falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The lower creek.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Panther Creek.- Panther Creek Falls
  • View of the upper stream.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Another view of the upper stream.- Panther Creek Falls
  • The full falls from below on a sunny day.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Sun dancing on the waterfall.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Panther Creek Falls from below.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Panther Creek Falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Oregon Oxalis (Oxalis Oregana).- Panther Creek Falls
  • The parking area on the right side of the road.- Panther Creek Falls
  • A user trail leads to the lower tier of Panther Creek Falls.- Panther Creek Falls
  • Warm autumn colors provide a welcoming glow to the scene.- Panther Creek Falls
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Pros: 
Easy to access.
Cons: 
Not well marked from the road. Only one main viewpoint trail. Rough trails access other views.
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Region:
Mt. Adams/Indian Heaven Wilderness/Goat Rocks, WA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
200.00 ft (60.96 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Total Distance: 
0.40 mi (0.64 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
1,679.00 ft (511.76 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Panther Creek Falls is known as one of the most impressive waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge and certainly worth a stop if you're nearby. From the parking area, it is a quick, easy walk down to the newly constructed viewing platform. From there you'll get a stunning view of two steams merging together to form a beautiful wall of cascading water. The falls on the right that flow from the clearly visible upper stream are about 69 feet, and the other falls that feed from the cliff on the left are about 102 feet.  In total, the falls drop about 136 feet, which includes a few smaller steps.

If you take the rough path down to see the falls from the lower section, you can also make your way downstream to see the three tiers of these falls. The best access to the lower falls is from a trail about 200 feet from the main trail that leaves from the road. This trail is actually more of a scramble and mudslides are common in the rainy season. Please take caution if you decide to venture down to the lower falls. If you walk back down the road to the beginning of the bend near the parking area, a path over the small hill on the right will lead to the lower falls. The path to the bottom can be a bit slick and steep in places, though a few ropes have been put in place for assistance. The size of the falls is awe-inspiring from this perspective, and the viewpoint is close enough to feel the soft moss under your feet and the mist on your face. It is really worth the hike as long as you are comfortable with a little scrambling. 

 

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