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Panther Creek Falls
   Skamania County, Washington

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Visually Panther Creek Falls is one of the most unique waterfalls in all of the United States. Found where Panther Creek plunges over a pair of steps in its valley, the creek begins by rushing towards the upper cliff, with a small portion of the creek splitting off from the main flow and plunging directly over the edge. The remaining 90 percent of the stream makes a hard right turn and follows a natural trough along the top of the cliff, contouring around the top of the horseshoe-shaped basin until reaching the far side, then plunging in a twisting fall for 69 feet to the bottom of the first step. Immediately adjacent to the main stream a large spring sends a broad veil of water sheeting 102 feet down the side of the canyon. After the collective waters of these streams merge, they plunge over the second tier in three distinct channels, falling 30 feet into a pool, with a broad 4-foot ledge immediately below to culminate the formation. Without visual aids to illustrate the scene it's quite complicated to imagine and grasp the complexity and eclecticism.

The upper tier of the falls is viewed from a well designed viewing deck which was constructed recently with a new trail to alleviate much of the hazard of visiting this waterfall which existed previously. There is no developed route to the base of the falls and the "path" which leads there is quite sketchy, involving scaling down a nearly vertical cliff of about 15-feet in height. We do not recommend attempting to reach the bottom of the falls without having experience in off-trail scrambling (and bringing a rope might be a good idea as well).

HISTORY AND NAMING INFORMATION

  • Panther Creek Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.

LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS

easy access

Located near Big Lava Bed, northeast of Carson. Follow the Wind River Highway for 5.8 miles north of Carson, or 9.5 miles south of the signed turnoff for the Falls Creek trailhead, to Old State Road and turn east. Almost immediately turn left onto Panther Creek Road. Drive along Panther Creek Road for 7.4 miles to a large gravel pit on the right side of the road and park. There may or may not be a sign marking the trail to the falls on the opposite side of the road. The trail drops down from the road, winding down amid large trees to the viewpoint in less than 500 feet.

Latitude

45.86727 N

Longitude

-121.82864 W

Elevation

1679 feet

USGS Quadrangle

Big Huckleberry Mountain 7 1/2"

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Name

Distance

Falls Creek Falls

7.97 miles

 

 

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Magnitude

59.78

IWC

2.32  (Class 3)

RATING

63.6 %

 

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PHYSICAL MAKEUP

Height

136 feet

Tallest Drop

102 feet

Num. Drops

3

AVG. Width

100 feet

Pitch

80 degrees

Run

100 feet

Primary Form

Tiered Horsetails

 

Watershed

Wind River

Stream

Panther Creek

AVG. Volume

100.0 cfs

Source

Springs

Seasonality

12 months

Best Flows

Year Round

 
 

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UPDATE HISTORY

Oct 23, 2011

Added a picture(s) of this waterfall

 
 
 
 
 

 

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