Over Labor Day weekend I took a trip out to Panther Creek Falls, one of the most beautiful falls I’ve ever been to. It’s located on the Washington side of the Colombia River Gorge, about 20 minutes outside of Skamania. Panther Creek Falls has been a spot that I’ve had my eyes on to photograph for a while now and I was very excited to finally visit. Within minutes of arriving I knew it was a spot that I will be back to again. The falls are beyond beautiful and being this was a bit off the beaten path we had the falls all to ourselves. The seclusion was one of my favorite parts about this trip. There was no signage, if you were driving down the road and not actively looking for this spot you would have gone right by without ever noticing it.
There is a gravel turnout you can park at and a trail about 50 years back hidden on the side on the opposite side of the road. The hike down to the viewing platform takes about 5 minutes. We started shooting along the creek above the falls and made our way to the viewing platform. If you want to shoot below the falls there is a steep trail you can take down. Due to the company I was with I thought it was more prudent to shoot at the the top of the falls and leave the hike down for another time. I could tell there are numerous images to make down there and I’m itching already to go back and shoot the falls from below.
If you are ever in the area I highly recommend visiting this spot, just do some research on getting there. Below are a few of my favorite images from the trip.