#48 – Panther Falls

#48 – Panther Falls

May 21, 2017 – After seeing Bridal Veil Falls in the distance (see last post http://albertawaterfallchasers.com/2017/06/16/47-bridal-veil-falls/), our 10th target of the day was Panther Falls.  It’s yet another one in Nigel; don’t try kayaking that creek!

You don’t need much of an overview of how to get there on this one, as it’s in the same parking lot as where we left off for Bridal Veil Falls (although most people don’t know it).  Here’s how it looks…

So you just go to the furthest point of the parking lot (which is north) and walk straight in the bush for 40m.  Here’s a ground view of us about to leave the parking lot…

The snow in the bush was surprisingly deep, but in no time we were at what we thought was the main waterfall…

Quite scenic, even with the snow.  Here’s a closeup…

Although it was 15 feet tall and is classified as a waterfall, that’s not the impressive portion of Panther Falls.  Had my research been a little more thorough, I would have known it was on the tallest waterfall list at #18, noted as being 218 feet tall!  It’s a good thing I like exploring a bit, as it wasn’t long before I found the drop.  Let’s start by seeing the path from that top waterfall though…

It’s hard to see, but the creek falls down and snakes its way through the rock.  Then it drops…

If you look close you can see flowing water going down behind the snow/ice.  Then you can see another boost of water from this snow and ice…

Then to our surprise it disappeared off a cliff!  With the snow and rock it was hard to tell that, but when I got to this point I deduced we were missing something…

You can see Nigel Creek way below and Bridal Veil Falls across the way, so that’s when I knew there was a bigger tier here somewhere.  I tried getting closer but with the snow and ice it was too hard to look down safely, also not really knowing what was under my feet.  This was as far as I dared go…

Still couldn’t see the waterfall; have to do better!  I looped around in the bush and found a bit of a perch…

From there I carefully crept as close as I dared; it was incredibly windy and did not want a gust to blow me down 218 feet, not to mention you never know if these icy rock ledges have any dirt/rock underneath them.  With these conditions combined with the size of this waterfall, out of all the waterfalls we’ve been to up to this point I think this one made me the most nauseous by far (very few others have at all).  Here’s a video; it’s actually 3 videos clipped into 1:  1)  My initial video, 2)  Trying to get as close as I dared, and 3)  Trying to see a better view of the huge rock in the middle of the waterfall…

I hope you like that, because it was risky to do!  I was on my stomach for the latter ones 😉

Here are a few pics too.  Here’s the top…

A little further…

You can sort of see the underlying rock in the waterfall jutting out.  It’s a little more clear in the video, but even then is hard to see.  Here’s a better overview of the whole thing…

This is one where I want to go back and find our way down to the bottom of the waterfall; it’s definitely one of the more impressive ones around, and somehow not touristy despite all the bus tours driving by.  We’ll do it one day!

And so concluded Panther Falls, our 48th waterfall of Alberta seen together 🙂

 

Stay tuned for the last one of the day – Stairstep Falls.


2 thoughts on “#48 – Panther Falls

  1. This is one of my favourite waterfalls. If you go to the south end of the parking lot there is a sign that marks the trailhead for Panther Falls. The trail is short and will fork about halfway down. Taking the left path will lead you to a point where you can somewhat comfortably get close enough to touch the falls somewhere in the middle of the drop. The other trail will take you all the way down to the base of the falls where it is very wet and slippery from the mist.

    1. Great to know, thanks Nick! This is definitely one of my faves as well, and look forward to exploring it some more. Any one of those paths must be better and safer than the little ledge I was perched on…lol.

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