The Campground sits along Panther Creek at the intersection of the Pacific Crest Trail.
Driving on FR65, 4.7 miles upstream from the campground, visitors can enjoy an easy hike to Panther Falls.
Campers can enjoy the privacy provided by a variety of shade-loving plants and a thick forest of cedars, ash, firs and alder.
Hikers have close access to the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans 2,663 miles from Mexico to Canada. Outstanding scenic views are available all along this trail.
The campground consists of 33 back-in sites with parking spurs that vary from 20 to 40 feet in length.
The campground's Premium Sites are adjacent to the creek and each site comes with a picnic table and grill. Potable water and vault toilets are also available.
Located in southwest Washington State, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest encompasses 1.3 million acres and includes the 110,000-acre Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument established by Congress in 1982.
Panther Creek Campground is located in the Mt. Adams Ranger District. Elevations here range between 1,200 feet at the Wind River Work Center, 12 miles north of Carson, WA and 12,276 feet at the summit of Mt. Adams.
The Mount Adams Ranger District offers a diverse array of habitats and natural features, from old growth to second growth forest, wetland areas, low and high elevation meadows, glaciers, and low and high elevation lakes.
Panther Creek Campground makes a great base to explore Mount Adams and the Columbia River Gorge.
The town of Carson is nearby, which is known for its hot springs. It also has a golf course, restaurants and shopping.
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I've been here several times, most recently in December 2018. It's nice that it's still accessible when other roads are starting to close for the winter. The falls still had some flow. Picnic tables and fire rings are provided. There's also potable water and vault toilets. I think they take reservations during the open season, around April-October, and the cost is $24/night
This is my go-to campground when visiting the Gorge area. Located in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, just north of the town of Carson. Its about a 20 minute drive to the Columbia river, and 10 minutes to the small town of Carson. Its tucked away down a beautiful Forest road. You are nestled amongst towering old growth trees, wild ferns and thimbleberries, with Panther Creek running alongside the camp. The 2018 season had excellent campground hosts, I hope they return next year! They were very friendly and had helpful tips for trails in the area.
The pit toilets were clean, though heavy smell of ammonia which is not unusual at campgrounds like this. Each site has a fire pit and picnic table. There are potable water pumps, as well as garbage and recycling. Frequented mainly by families, and some PCT hikers, as it is located just of the PCT trail. They have first come first serve as well as reservable sites. It fills up quickly on the weekends, so if you dont have a site reserved I highly recommend getting there early. Each regular site is $18 a night. Enjoy!
The campground is nestled into a lovely forest setting in GPNF located near the gorgeous Panther Creek falls. The campground humbly boasts some of the best tasting fresh water around, and the well source is frequently tested for bacteria and well managed. You’ll wake up to lovely birdsong and if you’re on the side of the campground closest to the creek you’ll be lulled to peaceful slumber by the sound of the water nearby. The hosts keep the campground immaculately clean and are frequently making rounds about the place. They are some of the friendliest helpful people you could ever ask to have hosting a campground. The bathrooms are the cleanest I’ve ever seen and the hosts are frequently complimented by campers on how spotless they are kept. There is a short feeder trail out to the PCT and PCT thru-hikers often find themselves coming into the campsite to the warmest welcome. True “trail angels”, hosts Lisa and Bryon have a cache of trail “goodies” for PCT hikers who find themselves at the campground. They offer peaceful respite and maybe even a ride if they’re headed into town. For car campers, locals and tourists alike, the hosts are ripe with ideas for local adventure with extensive knowledge of trails in the surrounding GPNF, Trapper Creek, and Indian Heaven Wilderness areas. There is a multitude of good reason why Panther Creek is a hands down area favorite.
We stayed on site 15. The sites was a little hard to get into because of all the cars, trucks parked on the roadway, the owners were happy to move vehicles to get us in (5er,34ft). lots of creek fun, pool ,half price for campers. Large playground but not in the shade. It was very hot over July 4th. You can’t get to Cherokee lake from the campground. very clean and nice. Visit the camp station area birds on display .
My wife and I reserved campsite 24 which appears to be the only campsite with a view of the water, albeit a glimpse not a full view. The weather was great for our stay in July, warm during the days and cool in the evenings. The bugs were only a minor annoyance. However, after going eye to eye with a small mouse the first night we made the short trip into Carson and purchased a couple mousetraps for use the next couple of nights. We caught 5 mice in two nights! Be prepared to share you campsite with a few furry rodents.
The camp hosts were very helpful and friendly. Panther Creek Campground is just 5 miles south of the Panther Creek Falls, which is a must see. We also spent one day driving up to Trout Lake via South Prairie. Poked our nose in the Ice Caves and kayaked on Goose Lake. Another day we visited the Bonneville dam and got ice cream in Stevenson.
Also of note, there is NO cellular service of any kind in the campground. So don't worry about your family spending your camping trip on the internet.
Finally Panther Creek CG is just a few hundred yards from the Pacific Coast Trail and a 4 mile hike north (east really) of the CG you'll find great views of Hood and St. Helens. We did the round trip 8 miles in about 3 hours.
A wonderful campsite. It's next to great trails and the site it's self is very well maintained. I will definitely be back.
This campsite was well appointed with well water, pit toilets, a short walk to the creek, firewood for sale, great hosts. However, during the peak summer months, being in a wind break makes for a hot, stuffy, buggy experience. Our campsite was furthest from the creek, and a spot closer to the creek may have been better. I will go back to Panther Creek, but possibly to try a fall trip instead.
Right by Mt. Hood, Hood River and the wind surfing, Pacific Crest Trail, huckleberry picking, Portland, Vancouver, etc.