Panther Creek

5 Star Route / Ridden and Reviewed by Gravel Girl & Captain ‘O

The Panther is just one cool cat … and so is this ride which includes meandering along and past Panther Creek, Panther Creek Falls and a whole lot of lush forest … a moderate climb up a small forest service road, then some gravel and then a down on a smaller forest service road that twists and turns and finally to the start / finish at the crossing of The Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) … all in the middle of Wind River Experimental Forest which is rich in the history of forest research.

The Details
Just outside the town of Stabler, WA the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT)crosses the Wind River Highway. This is where you park … and wave to the hikers. Now before you get any crazy ideas of riding up that sweet little trail, we kindly ask you leave your bike at your car to explore the trail. The PCT has a no bikes policy. **Click to Read More

Adventure / Gravel Route

– Loop: 21 miles / 2600 ft gain
– Surface: ~ 22.5% gravel, 78.5% tarmac
– Location: ~ 40 min from Hood River, Oregon / ~ 1 hour, 10 minutes from Portland, Oregon
– Rideable: Spring to Fall. Maybe winter.
– Course by: Captain “O”
– Published: July 2019


Easier+. Not much gravel, but a bit of climbing on pavement.

The Start

Dirt pull-out on west side of Wind River highway where the Pacific Crest trail crosses.
Lat / Long: 45.820697, -121.912892

Food / Water



Cue Sheet / GPX File TCX File


Red = paved road
Brown = gravel / dirt road

For help with Ride, GPS files, etc see the “Help with …” page. To learn how to download the routes for free, see “Using Our Routes …” page.

  • Neel Patel says:

    This was one of the most fun rides I have ever done! We did it on 6/21/20 temps in the mid to high 60s. The climb was lovely with only a few cars. At the apex of the ride we extended the ride and took a right on FR-60 did an out and back to Goose Lake (part of the Big Lava ride). The gravel climb was steep but the lake was an awesome turnaround spot for lunch. We then went back and the descent on FR60 was an absolute delight the gravel desent through the woods was so much fun then hitting a clear, smooth pavement for the end of the ride was a dream. With the extension to goose lake, the ride was 34 miles total with ~3800 ft total elevation gain. Thank you for the ride idea. It was AMAZING!

  • >
    Scroll to Top