Panthertown Valley - Greenland Creek Falls (5-16-15)
Greenland Creek Falls is proof that you don't always need to embark on a long, difficult hike to see a truly beautiful cascade. This, one of the many scenic waterfalls of Panthertown Valley, is a quick and easy trip that would be suitable for just about anyone. Beginning at the Cold Mountain parking area on the east side of the valley, the route follows the Mac's Gap Trail on a gentle descent to Greenland Creek before following the stream's namesake path upstream a short distance more to the falls. The first part of the hike is on a wide, easy-to-follow path. The Greenland Creek Trail is a bit more rugged and overgrown but is still very doable.
The falls themselves are about 50' high and located where Greenland Creek drops in two sections over a wide open rock cliff into a large pool below. The rocks beneath the falls are slick but with care you can find yourself a nice spot on the rocks alongside to enjoy the serenity of the location. If you have the chance, I'd highly recommend making the quick hike to this one...there's a lot of bang to be had for your hiking buck here. Come on along with me and see what I found...
Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 35.157738, -82.996887
Hike Length: 2.0 miles Hike Duration: 1:15
Trailhead Temp: 70'F
Min. Elevation: 3,800' Max. Elevation: 4,000'
Total Vertical Gain: 200' Avg. Elevation Gain / Mile: 100'
Trails Used (blaze color): Greenland Creek (unblazed), Mac's Gap (unblazed)