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Panther Creek FallsVolcano, WA
Volcano, WA
Hiking avatar Mar 26 2014
keepmoving
Hiking0.22 Miles 160 AEG
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160 ft AEG
 
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While exploring southern Washington with my girlfriend and her dog, we decided to hit up Panther Creek Falls. Its much more remote than most of the falls in the Columbia River Gorge and makes a good alternative for a weekend.

After visiting the falls, we decided to keep heading up the forest road towards "Trout Lake". We didn't know anything about it, but the name sounded amazing! It had been a warm overcast day, and the road gave no indication of what we would soon find ahead. Within 2 miles we found ourselves moving through small patches of snow and ice. Then, quite unexpectedly as we decided it was probably time to turn around, we encountered a much larger drift of snow and got the truck stuck. We put on tire chains and spent hours trying to dig it, but it refused to budge. With no cell service and a ham radio that decided to malfunction at the worst possible time, we decided it was time to bundled up for the night inside the truck and waited for morning to keep digging it out.

Unfortunately the next morning we awoke to another 6 inches of fresh snow on the ground. Our plans to continue digging the truck out were quickly put to bed and we decided our only choice was to hike back to civilization. We donned our snow gear and packs and headed out. If not for being tired and cold from sleeping in the cramped truck overnight, it was a rather peaceful hike out. All the trees were covered in fresh powder and there were animal tracks all over the ground.

We hiked out a couple miles as the snow level dropped quickly until we ran into a couple that was trying to drive their car up the road. We explained our situation and told them how deep the snow was and they promptly offered us a ride and drove us back to Stevenson WA, where we were able to have a buddy from Portland drive out and pick us up.

It continued to snow heavily for the next week in the forest above panther creek falls. I spent most of my time at work scouring the radar maps and watching the snow accumulate in the area my truck was at. I contacted local tow companies (all that said they would be unable to get to it) and even tried to hire a guy who was selling a pickup truck on Craigslist with a plow attached to the front to retrieve it with us. We made 1 failed attempt to retrieve the truck before the snow finally melted enough for us to grab it 2 weeks later.

Moral of the story- always be prepared!
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