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Panther Creek Falls - Washington
What to do if you have little time : Panther Creek Falls
This waterfalls is absolutely gorgeous. It's probably one of the most photographed in the area, eventhough its attendance is not very strong.
Panther Creek Falls
There are 2 ways to approach this fall. The easiest version is the one that consists in taking the trail that leads to an observation pier (0.25 mile roundtrip). From here you have an elevated view of the waterfall. The other version is more adventurous and risky. The goal is to go down to the foot of the waterfall. But there is no really marked path. Try to find a way along the rock wall at the left of the pier. You have to be very careful because it is slippery due to moisture, but it is still possible without special equipment. From there, the view of the waterfall and the river is much pretty. In 2012, we did not dare to go down and we stood on the pier. It was one of our regrets on this trip. In 2015, we fixed that frustration!
Photo tip : be there early in the morning, before the sun illuminates the top of the waterfalls.
Access : from Cascade Locks, Oregon, take the Bridge of the Gods ($ 1 per crossing in 2015). Turn right at the exit of the bridge, to Carson. In Carson, turn north on Wind River Road for 6 miles. Then turn right and immediately left on Panther Creek Road No. 65. Continue on 65 for 7.4 miles. The gravel parking lot is on the right. Then the hardest part is finding the trailhead. When you're in the parking lot, you must retrace your steps about 50 meters. The beginning of the trail is then on the right.
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