Panther Creek Falls Trail 137 is a 0.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Carson, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and nature trips and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

Panther Creek Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in Skamania County. There are 2 tiers of segmented waterfalls, 50-70 feet in height. They both empty into the same basin. To reach the TH drive the Wind River Road 5.8 miles about 500 ft from the TH.

3 days ago

Too hard and far to drive to there.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful view of the falls

walking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Best of the best.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the best!!

When arriving to the parking area, you will have to back track just a short distance to access the trail to the lookout. Go a little further if you want to access the trail that has the ropes to assist you to the bottom. Both the lookout and the trail to the bottom are well worth the time and effort.
One of the prettiest waterfalls I have ever seen.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous, had a hell of a time finding the trail. Dont go up the steep Rocky mound in front of the parking spots, the trail is across the street and to the left. There's blue marking on the road. Def short, worth it to go down the rope part of the trail to the bottom!!

hiking
5 months ago

Hiked on May 29...short but worth the long drive in to see these unique Falls...make sure u hike to bottom and

5 months ago

Beautiful falls. Hard to climb to bottom especially with your dog since you have to scathe a Little Rock cliff using a rope. Would be easy without dog, but pups make it difficult.

5 months ago

absolutely stunning.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful, wish there was a better path to the lower level.

5 months ago

CLIMB TO THE BOTTOM!! The overlook is ok, but off to the side is a small rope that will help you climb down to the base of the waterfalls. Be careful, and make sure you can make it back up before you go down. We only saw 2 other groups of people in the 3 hours we were there.

6 months ago

It's a teeny bit scary but definitely use the ropes to get to the bottom--100% worth it!!!! Hardly anybody there, so so beautiful and close to the road.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Breathtakingly beautiful waterfall

hiking
6 months ago

Such a short little hike, but oh the beauty!!! We were not brave enough to do the rope to the bottom, but plenty of people were down there so it is doable!

walking
6 months ago

Super short trail right from the roadside. Took us a minute to find the trail from the parking lot, but amazingly enough there were some obvious indicators, like waterfall spray painted on the road... We were looking up not down, saw that on the way up. The falls were amazing. We got a short sunny break, which made for a great photo op.

hiking
8 months ago

Amazing short hike to a breathtaking waterfall. It was pouring rain when we went and it was still very enjoyable.

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