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Plaikni Falls, Crater Lake National Park

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
Plaikni Falls, is a waterfall located along the East Rim Drive within the Crater Lake National Park at the south end of Mount Scott, in Klamath County, in the U.S. state of Oregon. The waterfall is located in a glacier carved cliff surrounded by walls of petrified volcanic ash consequence of Mount Mazama eruption.

The location of Plaikni Falls wasn't known by many until the park constructed a new trail in 2011, making the Plainki Falls trail one of the most popular destinations along the Crater Lake Rim Drives. Full views of the cascade can be seen at the end of an easy 1-mile walk on a wheel-chair accessible trail. The trail is surrounded by old-growth fir and hemlock forests rich in wildflowers.
The name of the waterfall stems from a Native American word that means "from the high country".
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  • A wonderful hike on a hot day (and beautiful any day). It is a moderate hike, only because it goes slightly uphill to the falls but there are resting spots and most will be able to do it. While the....  more »
  • Nice little hike. Mostly flat with little incline at the end. The falls are pretty with a lot of wildflowers around.  more »
  • I mean... it’s beautiful but definitely not as big as I hoped. It’s more like a stream with one good access point (the actual falls) and a nice trail with many signs telling you to stay on the gravel path
  • Beautiful small falls. Easy trail.

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