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I hike this trail twice as a kid with girl scout camp. So beautiful! Time to go again

Didn’t make it to the falls, vehicle was not sufficiently equipped for snow. The road leading to the falls is paved and narrow, and currently has a decent layer of ice and snow. Vehicles without snow tires or chains should proceed with extreme caution.

I will always have a soft spot for this trail. A year ago I wanted to get in better shape and take up hiking. As someone who was pretty out of shape Salmon Morgan was a great place to build confidence and awaken the imagination to deeper woodland traverses. Still come here about once or twice a week to get a quick hit of nature and fresh air when time doesn’t allow for ambitious treks.

Very interesting how the water flows out of the rocks.

We drove around where it was supposed to be, but did not see any signs :-( ended up hiking a small portion of the PCT instead. Clearer signage would definitely be helpful.

Gorgeous falls with very little effort to see from the viewing deck. Google maps directions were accurate to the trail/parking. It was nice the road was paved the whole way. There's spray painted words and arrows on the road pointing to the trail. Also be sure to look up when on the road, as there's a small sign nailed to a tree above the trail with "Trail no. 137" on it.

Absolutely beautiful!

Great hike with incredible views. Do not be mislead by the trail that takes off from the parking lot--the actual trail starts down the gravel road a little ways and is marked by a sign about not spreading seeds and a boot scrubber. The route that takes off from the parking lot is a social trail that has been created recently--unimproved and poorly routed, don't add to the damage by taking this route! The actual trail is well maintained, with a few slippery spots and two small logs to cross. Dog friendly. Please respect the cultural significance of this site and not disturb any rocks at the summit. It was disheartening to see how much disturbance has occurred in the last couple of years.

Great views of the falls but I did not do the entire trail because it was closed. This was one of 3 waterfalls I was visiting so I was not too disappointed that it wasn’t much of a “hike”. I was treated with gorgeous views of a rainbow over the waterfall. I assume on any sunny day this occurs. As others have mentioned it is difficult to find. You will park at a gravel parking lot right off the road on the right and then you will need to cross the road by foot to find the trail head right off the edge of the road.

Here is a video from my day where I visited panther creek falls, lower creek falls, and spirit falls - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KasE9uJGAOA&t=630s

Travelers info:

Forest Pass: YES
Parking fee: no but forest Pass needed
Driving: about 2 hours from Portland, potholes on the road up to panther.

Too hard and far to drive to there.

Very difficult trail. Very cold weather.

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views. We could see mount rainier, Adams, hood, and Helens.

Gorgeous views! A little slippery in spots but not too bad considering it was rainy. Kinda brutal, uphill alllll the way.

Don't take Berger Rd! It's terrifying!

hiking
2 months ago

Great introductory hike for a newbie. Not saying it was a breeze - my legs definitely felt the up and back but due to moderate length well accessible to all with the right shoes (I had tennis sneakers which were not ideal!) Anyway this walk has now got me up for more - !

Had some steep hills, a bit slippery with the wet leaves and dirt! Gorgeous trail and views!

Extremely steep most of the way up but the views at the top are worth it! Didn’t see anyone else on the trail and it was a beautiful clear day.

Great place , had a blast with kids , there is a playground , nice river running by , nice hike trails I loved it

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful view at the top and short hike.

gorgeous, but parking very nominal..

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.

Very scenic, great for all ages!

hiking
3 months ago

We were not able to do this hike because the driving directions lead you to a point that is a 2.4 mile walk from the marked starting point of the hike. (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/46.265431,-121.644099/46.27116+-121.63655/@46.2650469,-121.6492751,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m7!4m6!1m0!1m3!2m2!1d-121.63655!2d46.27116!3e2?hl=en&authuser=0)

I wanted so bad to climb the Lava Tube..But thinking..will get stuck?

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

Challenging for this beginner but well worth it. Such a breathtaking view!

Short but steep. Incredible views at the top and very windy. Rocky at times

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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome trail! Beautiful views. Steep enough to be a decent workout. Be careful at the top, I heard some rattlesnakes nesting in the rocks!

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