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Panther Creek Falls

A must-see waterfall in Washington state south of Mount Rainier in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Panther Creek Falls Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest

About The Hike

Not to be confused with the swimming hole in Georgia, this waterfall hike is located in southern Washington state. It's a Pacific Northwest favorite on the waterfall circuit. Panther Creek Falls are located close to the gravel road in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. The hike is a quick out & back with the trail descending to two levels of viewing platforms.

Panther Creek Falls Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest

The upper platform is a well built trail while the trail to the lower platform area is more rugged. In total it's about a half mile of walking.

Panther Creek Falls Trail 137:

Distance: .3 Miles

Type: Out & Back

Ascent: 121 feet

Panther Creek Falls Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Getting There and Important Information

Panther Creek Falls is located only an hour and 15 minutes outside of Portland, Oregon and only 45 minutes from the Columbia River Gorge area and Cascade Locks. The last five miles through Gifford Pinchot National Forest are on gravel roads well maintained and suitable for two wheel drive.

If using Google Maps search for Panther Creek Falls Parking otherwise you could easily pass by it and need to one-eighty it back around like I did.

There are no campsites along the trail but the parking lot is primitive and could be used for overnight parking or camping with no disturbance.

Panther Creek Falls Parking Lot Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Panther Creek Falls Washington Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Be sure to visit the other waterfalls in Gifford Pinchot National Forest like Fall Creek Falls!


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