After seeing pics from
I figured it was time for me to make a visit to the grand Panther Creek Falls.
The description in their photos told tales of having to scale down a rock cliff to get to the base of the falls and then making your way onto a wet, mossy log while being battered by mist to get the best shot.
Sooooo, I came equipped with all my Pacific Northwest gear....waterproof shoes, water resistant pants, waterproof jacket, rainsleeve for my camera, lens cloths for drying off the constant mist....and of course my camera, wide angle lens, polarizer, and sturdy Gitzo tripod.
The scramble down wasn't as hard as expected....but I wouldn't recommend it for people who aren't used to the wet environment of the Pacific Northwest. A rope was left by a previous hiker, but I found the rocks were fine for grasping. Once you get down to the first landing, I suggest you go to the left (if you're facing downward) to avoid the muddy descent to the right.
You can't trust wet moss on a log...or even a wet log. My very first digital camera took a dip in a creek due to a walk on a wet log. But I made sure to stay in the middle and take small, careful steps.
I chose to present you with a closer look at the falls, rather than the wider view that Addam and LeeAnne posted. I'll probably post a wider view later.
This waterfall is huge and quite the sight to see in person. I highly recommend it if you are ever in the area.
If you are up for the challenge, there is a lower tier to the falls after another scramble down the steep embankment.
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