Access the Happy Panther Trail from either of two trailheads. From the east, use the roadside parking lot for the East Bank Trail on Highway 20; the Happy Panther Trailhead is close to the road on your left. To access the west end of the trail: park at the Ross Dam Trailhead and hike down (see articles this website); at the first junction with the portage road, turn right. Walk down the road; the trailhead will be on your right going up a short steep road-cut. If you reach Ross Lake, you’ve gone a little too far.