Location: near Carson, Washington
Permit: Northwest Forest Pass
Level: easy to falls / Beginner Level: challenging
Round trip/Gain: 3.4 miles/650 ft
Type: round trip
Level: moderate to top of falls
Round trip/Gain: 6.3 miles/1150 ft
My mind is a little blown by this trail. I’ve been out there three times in three different seasons, and I keep finding out new things about it. Apparently, after the top of the big falls, there are two more waterfalls! And caves! I can’t vouch for any of it as I’ve only done the trail to the falls and then the loop to the top of the falls. Anyway, some things to research if you decide to get out there.
My little sister was in town and I wanted to really impress her, which isn’t hard to do here. I arranged for us to see my two favorite waterfalls, starting with Panther Creek Falls.
We got back in the car and drove the 30 or so minutes to the Falls Creek Falls trailhead. We only had time to trek out to the falls, but it’s the best part anyway.