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Too hard and far to drive to there.

Forest Park is beautiful and convenient for a nature escape if you live in or are visiting Portland. There is usually heavy traffic on trails until you hike further out. If your looking for solitude plan on hiking for a while but never the less a beautiful park!

Beautiful view of the falls

Finding this hidden gem is hardest part. We ended up passing it, making a u-turn and then just walking back. I suggest if you just google maps to Panther, park at the very large shoulder (it has a bunch of rocks as a slope to your right) get out of the car and walk back on the right side of the road. Once you see this small rock structure (it’s literally 3 rocks stacked on top of each other), there on the right side of that is the trail to Panther Creek. Short walk to the platform and there in front of you is the massive Panther Creek falls. Definitely worth the drive.

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walking
1 month ago

This is a great paved urban trail. The views of the salmon creek are beautiful close to 36th. It’s a good spot for a run with an option to make it a loop off the paved trail.

Panther Creek Falls..just FYI..we pulled & parked at rock pit...we got out of our car..checked out the Picas..went towards the asphalt ..look down "⬅️FALLS" is spray painted on the asphalt...go left then again "➡️FALLS"to the trailhead.. not much of a hike but breathtaking all the same

The Forest Service has block off access to the unauthorized trail to the bottom of the falls because people have fell from the edge. The only authorized trail to the viewing platform. Access to the creek above the falls is also fenced off.

Description says loop. however, the bike path portion that makes the loop is closed towards sellwood. so I turned back and got turned around, they have done some new upgrades that stabilized the decent from the parking lot. Trail is in good shape for the most part. I like that the hiking section is off limits to cyclists. our hike was almost 4 miles, with the extra re-route. (that matters to a 8 month corgi)

walking
2 months ago

Much of this trail is paved and level, making it accessible to those in wheelchairs or other mobility devices.

The falls are beautiful and worth seeing. We decided to make this a stop on our way to another hike. The drive takes a little bit of time and we did get a little confused as to where to stop and park. It’s a very short hike to the viewing area and that was far enough for us especially with kids.

The western paved portion is not so hot, especially on a nice day that brings out many cyclists. One can avoid that by going out and back on the east side. Good for waterfowl in the winter, but muddy.

hiking
3 months ago

If anything, this is more of a nature walk than a hike, but well worth it. If you do the round trip, it's about 6 miles, which is a decent calorie burner even without any noticeable elevation gain. But if you were coming here, it wouldn't be for that, it'd be for the wonderful walk or bike ride on a paved trail that parallels the path of Salmon Creek. While you're not directly alongside the river at all times, it's always within earshot and accessed by walking a few yards down one of the dozens of side trails that offshoot from the main trail. You'll walk through forest, field and everything in between. Great way and place to relax amongst the elements. I'll be back.

This is a great, little hike. But be prepared.
There are two sections. The upper section goes to the viewing platform and is a 1-2 minute walk down a moderate hill. That's the part that's super kid and dog friendly.
The second section is very steep and a little tricky. It's not a difficult hike if you are experienced, but you're climbing up/down using root systems and a couple of ropes (left by hikers) as anchors. It requires a lot of focus (so I don't suggest bringing a dog) because a misstep means an injury. Be sure to wear traction boots on the second trail. A woman fell and badly broke her leg whie we were there and had to be rescued.
The falls are definitely worth the effort. Just be sure to take care. Oh, and the two trails aren't marked Upper and Lower, so pay attention and make sure you're where you want to be.

Falls are spectacular but the trail is so hard to find. Once you do it's an easy trail down to the platform. Lots of of shoot trails are closed because of erosion. All but a few respected the boundaries. The parking/pull of is wide and identified by a rocky slope. The trail blends into the forest right from the shoulder of the road across the parking lot.

Pretty waterfall if you just want to go for a photo.

We only completed the loop portion of this trail. Quite beautiful trail itself with only glimpses of views. There were lots of trail runners and other hikers.

Mira, your post is irresponsible. The four people who died in the last two years on this 500 foot long trail were all very careful. It is slippery, steep and very dangerous. We should honor the postings that the area is closed. With that said, the overlook is open and there are some nice photo opportunities at the top.

Almost didn’t go because the reviews said the trail is closed. Yes there is a piece of paper that says something along the lines of “this is not a trail, this is dangerous” but if you ignore that sign and take the very steep and dangerous trail WITH CAUTION, it puts you out at the bottom of the falls and it definitely worth it.

The short trail to the falls overlook is open and the falls are beautiful; the rest of the trail was closed.

walking
3 months ago

Nice evening with the family. We all made it down and back :-)

closed due to bridge reconstruction

TRAIL CLOSED SINCE 7/14/18

Came, but had a difficult time finding the trail. Once we found it, it was closed. It would have helped if the closure had been marked on the app.

I have not been here but felt the need to share. Skamania County just announced that a hiker slipped and fell here and did not survive 7/16/18.
Be careful out there, fellow hikers.

This place is beautiful. If you are looking towards the forest from the parking lot, you can hear the falls. The trail starts back up the road you came to the right, you will see a little opening.

a lot of fun to go to the lower part of the falls!

Great city trail. You can alter it a bit by walking within Parson's Airfield. That was a great alternative to hiking the city street portion of the trail yet maintained the distance. Easy parking near the Fort or on Officer's Row. Bring water for yourself or dog during the hot summer as there is limited shade options other than the historic park specifically.

Wild Cherry is a bit steep but Wildwood and Dogwood sections of the trail are easy.

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