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Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 Lens
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Upper Panther Creek Falls

Experience a breathtaking, 130-foot waterfall surrounded by a rainforest of lush moss in Washington's Wind River Valley. A quick — yet steep — hike leads experienced hikers to this ethereal viewpoint, where the deceptively massive waterfalls tower over a verdant scene.



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Dawn to dusk




  • Wide-angle lens (15mm)
  • Model
  • Tripod
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Rope

How to get there

N45° 52' 01.434"W121° 49' 43.6152"
This photo of Panther Creek Falls was taken from the base of the upper waterfall. Before embarking on the journey to this location, please be aware that this spot is recommend only for experienced hikers. After parking at the Panther Creek Falls Parking (45.867386, -121.826371), cross the road and enter the Panther Creek Falls Trailhead. The trail drops down from the road, winding amid large trees for 500 feet to a viewing platform that offers spectacular views of the upper falls. In order to reach the exact spot where I took my photo, you'll need to hike down from the left of the viewing platform to the base of the upper falls — be careful, and don't take any shortcuts. Although there may be ropes to aid you, you'll need to scale down a slippery and brush-covered 15-foot vertical rock wall. It's an extremely challenging descent! Driving directions to Panther Creek Falls: - Take Wind River Hwy for 5.8 miles north of Carson to Old State Rd and turn east - Almost immediately, turn left onto Panther Creek Rd - Drive along Panther Creek Rd for 7.4 miles to a large gravel pit on the right side of the road and park


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