Plaikni Falls

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Plaikni Falls

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"Wildflowers, a quiet canyon, and a beautiful waterfall on an easy and accessible trail. The newest trail at Crater Lake National Park, this quiet and easy path takes visitors away from the crowds of the Rim Drive and into the canyon of an extremely pretty 20-foot waterfall.

The trail was completed in late summer 2011 and, with the exception of a slightly steep section near the trail’s end, is wheelchair accessible. Before the trail was constructed, so few people knew about the falls that it didn’t have an official name. Park officials turned to members of the Klamath Tribe, who suggested Plaikni Falls, which means “from the high country.”"

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Hiking Waterfalls in Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"The trail to Plaikni Falls opened in the summer of 2011. It’s hard to imagine that there was something else hiding at Crater Lake National Park all this time, but here it is, Plaikni Falls. It’s not a tall cascade—with the main drop only being an estimated 20 feet. But the water continues a steep and turbulent descent along a creek lined with wildflowers. While it might not be in the same league as the little lake over the ridge, it’s certainly worth dedicating an hour toward, especially during the peak of late summer wildflowers." Read more

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Trail Information

Crater Lake National Park
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Best early July-Oct
Waterfalls, Wildflowers
Crater Lake National Park: (541) 594-3100
Local Contacts
USGS Crater Lake East; Crater Lake National Park
Local Maps

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Dec 2018