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    Panther Creek Falls Hike

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    37 m
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    Panther Creek Falls Hike

    Panther Creek Falls is a beautiful waterfall that cascades over a mossy slope in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The hike to the viewpoint for the falls is extremely easy and quick, making it possible to enjoy for most adventurers. The trail is a mere 0.5 km long and is nearly flat. The trail is well maintained and offers a great viewing deck for the falls.

    The signage for this hike is poor, but it’s not hard to find your way. Download the GPS track to help find the trailhead if you need to.

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    Route Description for Panther Creek Falls Hike

    Panther Creek Falls are just about as much reward as you can get for a hike that’s barely 0.5 km long. These pretty waterfalls flow over a mossy rock face in the verdant forest, a truly picturesque sight. This is a trail that can be enjoyed by small children, older adults, and everyone in between.

    The trail to the falls is generally well maintained and easy to follow. The footing is even, but you should be prepared for a few short somewhat steep descent to the viewing platform. This isn’t particularly difficult for most users and is still suitable for youngsters.

    While you won’t be down by the base of the falls, you can make use of the viewing deck to enjoy the view and snap photos.

    From the parking turnout, cross the road to the trailhead. There isn’t much signage for this trail, but look for the path that drops down from the road southwest of the parking turnout. Check your GPS track if you’re having any difficulty. There’s a large white arrow spray painted on the concrete that points the way as well.

    Once you’re on the trail, it’s a quick walk into the trees and to the falls. There are upper and lower viewing areas, but the lower ones are subject to closure. Check out the falls from whichever viewing areas are open. They’re gorgeous, so snap some photos and enjoy the scenery.

    There are several signs reminding you to stay on the trail for the sake of the forest ecosystem and foliage. Please respect these and don’t climb down to the falls or veer off the path. This area is undergoing ecological restoration and remaining on the trail is very important. You may see other hikers going down to the falls, but be a good patron of the outdoors and obey the signage explicitly stating that this should not be done.

    Once you’re ready, retrace your steps back to the road, cross with care, and then head off to your next adventure.

    Hiking Route Highlights

    Panther Creek Falls

    Panther Creek Falls is a 40 m waterfall that consists of two drops, the largest of which is 31 m tall. The waterfall tends to remain throughout the year, unlike others that dry up in late summer. The falls can be enjoyed from the viewing platforms built into Panther Creek Falls Trail.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you swim in Panther Creek Falls?

    We don’t recommend trying to swim at the base of the falls. The access to the falls is closed for ecological restoration and there isn’t a safe, good swimming area to use.

    Is Panther Creek Falls always open?

    The falls stay flowing year-round, so you can visit them throughout the year.

    Insider Hints for Panther Creek Falls Hike

    • Some navigational services will take you to the campground instead of the falls. Look for the unsigned parking area on the road.

    Getting to the Panther Creek Falls Hike Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Panther Creek Falls hike is on Forest Road 65 across from the parking turnout.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


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    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly


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      Out and back

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