Panther Creek Falls
Central Gorge, Washington
alert Trail Alert, Mar 27, 2020: Most trails in the Columbia Gorge are now closed to the public due to the social distancing measures enacted by local and state health officials in Oregon and Washington. Friends of the Columbia Gorge is urging all members of the to public to stay local and give Gorge trails a break. If you can get to a neighborhood recreation spot by walking or biking, even better. Check the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department or Washington State Parks websites for additional information and breaking updates.

Hike Details
Type:
Out and back
Distance:
0.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
200 feet
Difficulty:
Easy
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
Yes
Restrooms
Restrooms:
No miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
WaterfallWaterfall
This is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the entire Gorge region. It's a hidden gem inside the Gifford Pinchot National Forest that few people know about. It's a short walk to a wooden viewing platform perfectly perched for one to marvel at such a unique waterfall. Allow plenty of time to soak in the different combinations of waterfalls and to let your eyes explore the hanging gardens and rich colors of moss.
 
We recommend coupling this hike with nearby Falls Creek Falls

Driving Directions

Panther Creek Falls Trailhead:  Cross the Bridge of the Gods ($2 toll). Turn right and head east on WA Hwy 14. At MP 47.5 turn north/left onto Wind River Rd. (This is 3 miles east of Stevenson or 17 miles west of the Hood River Bridge). Travel on Wind River Rd to Carson's 4-way stop. Continue to go straight for 4.7 miles to the second of the "Old State Road" right turns. Turn right here and then immediately left onto Panther Creek Road. Travel 7.2 miles to the falls. Please note: the falls are easy to miss. Look for a large gravel/dirt pull-out on the right hand side at the base of a large rock cliff. Look for the trailhead sign in a tree about 50 yards back on the other side of the road.