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Panther Creek Falls Trail 137 is a 0.3 mile moderately 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 hiking, 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.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Forest

River

Views

Waterfall

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Getting There

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.

There are NO facilities. Bring your own water and snacks. There is no fee to access this small trail. We visited August 11, 2012.

Panther Creek is not well marked. Located Above the Panther Creek Campground above Carson, Washington. From Hood River Toll Bridge, Travel West on Hwy 14 to Wind River Road and turn right. North of Carson to Old State Road and turn right. Turn left onto Panther Creek Road which becomes NF-65. In about 7 1/2 miles you come to a large gravel pit where parking is available. Cross the HWY and go left about 100 ft to an unmarked trail which begins as a narrow trail but soon widens to take you to a fairly new viewing platform. NF-65 is a one lane paved forest road. As you follow you will be traveling above and beside the Panther Creek Campground. You will also pass the Panther Creek Horse area, two small and narrow bridges that cross over the creek. KEEP DRIVING. You will eventually come to an opened area that on the right side has a rock pit wide enough for you to park in and the trail will be on your left side marked by a wooded sign maybe a foot wide by 6 to 8 inches tall.

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Monse Fabian
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Hiking

This is a must do! Only .7miles long! The pictures do not do it justice.

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Jessica Cox
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Breath taking! Nice little hike in amd out. Must see!

Aaron Houk
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Hiking

Super short hike with AMAZING scene. After camping, I hit this Saturday morning about 7:00 and had the place all to myself. What an amazing place to have your morning coffee!

Kelsie Ellett
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More a “viewpoint” less a hike if you walk down to the bottom of the falls. Pretty, but not as impressive as hiking Lewis river falls trail

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Emily Schinnell
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Hiking

Nice trail that is narrow in places and quite popular you cannot go down the exact bottom of the falls cannot occur due Trail reclamation.

Cathey Armillas
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Hiking

I love this waterfall! It's one of my favorites. The hike is hardly a hike but that's not what makes this place so magical. It's all the scenery around the falls and the falls themself. Negative ions in massive amounts!

Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Quick and fun trail. The waterfall was beautiful. Happy hiking!

Amanda Lamb
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Hiking

Easy quick little hike, not as busy as I expected on a Saturday afternoon

Taylor Beceiro
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Hiking

Great little trail!! Short, sweet, & a great view :) a little steep but great for those that wanna get the heart pumpin !!

Sara Q
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Hiking

Nice short walk, it is a little steep at the beginning. My 6 year old did well but for younger ages it might be a struggle. It was not muddy when we were there. Beautiful waterfall and very loud. Unfortunately there were people outside the designated area with their unleashed dogs.

Lalo Garcia
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Hiking

One of the easier hikes you’ll ever do. Was there two days a go and there was only one person there. Your best bet is to go in the morning. You tend to see more people from noon to around 6pm.

Britni G.
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HikingMuddyRocky

This trail was a little more difficult that I initially expected, it is steep and narrow. We did complete with kids but had to worry about them falling. The trail was muddy and slick in areas but so worth it! Beautiful views of the falls. Other hikers were not following signs to stay on the trail and had littered some of the trail with dog poo bags. Otherwise great hike!

Paul Baker
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Scenic driving

Great for all ages and levels. Beautiful trail very short distance to view platform of upper falls. Parking is easy to locate, the trailhead is hidden. LOOK for the faded spray paint on the ground "Falls ->" and a tiny wood plaque on a tree.

Sina Siev
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This is a very simple and easy hike to do if you're crunch for time and looking for an easy short one. Beautiful waterfall. It's also on the way to Falls Creek falls

Judson Boggioni
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Hiking

Wow... simply put... native to the area, avid hiker... seen countless waterfalls..... this one takes the cake, took my breath away from the bottom view. I sure love the PNW!

Veronica P.
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy hike!

Katie K
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Hiking

Stay out of the restoration area! Don’t leave your dog poop bags, food scraps, and tampons. The falls themselves are absolutely gorgeous and the trail is well-built. Please respect the restoration area signs. The area beyond the trail is overly impacted by people and needs our respect to recover. The number of disrespectful walkers have earned this trail a one star.

adam hynes
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Hiking

They improved the trail this year. Now there's an easy path to the bottom of the upper falls, with a platform for viewing. Just take the same trail to the upper platform, but keep going. These falls are fantastic. You only walk a few hundred feet.

Mayra Salinas
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfalls! Not much of a hike but definitely worth the drive! Breathtaking indeed!

Brandee Rae
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Hiking

One of my favorite places to stop in Carson! Very short walk to the falls but always worth the stop.

Meltar Rojas
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Hiking

Really loved this spot did a little off trail exploring (past parking) the roads are a little scary on the way up some spots are very narrow. The drive takes about 10+ minutes if your being cautious but WORTH THE DRIVE. kid friendly

Tonya Madrigal
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Beautiful falls and easily accessible to the whole family. Difficult to maintain distance on the trail. It is easy to miss the sign so look for cars parked on the right. Also out of internet range so write down/save instructions before leaving.

Crystela Corrales
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful falls!!!! I repeat... beautiful falls! Short walk/trail, kid friendly: we had 6 yr old with us.

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Erik Olson
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Hiking

Parking at the top of the falls down a short trail. Not much of a hike but definitely worth seeing!

Breanna Christine
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HikingMuddy

Pleasant surprise! Definitely not a hike. There’s a nice trail that brings you directly to the top and the bottom of the falls. Went just about a week ago. No issues.

Brooke S
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HikingFlooded

Not much of a hike, went there in February, couldn’t even go near the waterfall - it was flowing!

Nimit Patel
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Hiking

Not a hike. Super accessible. There is a large roadside parking lot. Walk across the street and you’ll see the trailhead sign. There’s a viewing area and you can also hike down to the bottom of the falls. Unique waterfalls. Love the rapids to the right of the falls.

Lana Carpenter
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Hiking

Very easy beginner trial. The waterfall is absolutely gorgeous. Good for any level hiker. Definitely a must see. The area it’s In is beautiful and it wasn’t too crowded at all. Parking is easy, gravel parking lot to the left of the trailhead.

nayyef Hrebid
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Hiking

one of the hidden gem the waterfall much bigger from the photos

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