Panther Creek Falls

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Trail Stats: 1000 ft // Level: Easy

Water is abundant in the Columbia River Gorge and especially in Skamania County. And when it is in the form of waterfalls, it is a lovely spectacle to behold. Panther Creek Falls is by far one of the most unique waterfalls in the entire county. The falls consist of two tiers of segmented waterfalls, 50 to 75 feet in height, all pouring into the same basin. You will spend more time in the car driving to this waterfall than actually hiking to it. The falls are reached in less than 500 feet. The trail is short and easy leading to an observation deck. This waterfall is a photographer’s dream.

Driving Directions:

Drive along Wind River Highway (Hwy 30) north through Carson for 5.8 miles to the second entrance to Old State Road and turn east. Almost immediately turn left onto Panther Creek Road № 65. Drive along Panther Creek Road for 3.5 miles, you will see the sign for Panther Creek Campground. Continue to travel 4 miles and you will see a large gravel pit on the right side of the road (if you cross Big Huckleberry Creek, you’ve gone too far). Park at the gravel pit, cross the street and walk back down the hill about 100 yards and look for the trail dropping down next to the rocky slope below the road. There is a sign for Panther Creek Falls on the opposite side of the trailhead. The falls are reached in less than 500 feet.

13 miles from Carson, WA


No pass required.

Gorgeous Hikes: Panther Creek Falls
Panther Creek Falls (photographer: Warren Morgan)
Leave No Trace
  • #1 | Plan ahead and prepare
  • #2 | Travel and camp on durable surfaces
  • #3 | Dispose of waste properly
  • #4 | Leave what you find
  • #5 | Minimize campfire impacts
  • #6 | Respect Wildlife
  • #7 | Be considerate of others