Plaikni Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Crater Lake National Park

Plaikni Falls Trail is a 3.2 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Chiloquin, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 3.2 km Elevation Gain: 41 m Route Type: Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. The trail begins with old growth fir and hemlock forest all around which provide a nice bit of shade. Plaikni Falls trail is a pleasant hike and relatively easy at 1.1 miles to the waterfall (2.2 miles round trip). The only real issue for most is that because its so short, its difficult to get away from other people if youre looking for a bit of solitude it can get congested. The trail travels through the trees and along rocky bluffs until it hits Sand Creek where it opens up to wildflowers and lush vegetation at the base of Plaikni Falls.

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5 months ago

This is an extremely easy and pretty short trail. It’s more of a walk but the waterfall is beautiful!

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6 months ago

Went last year, early July. Easy trail—expect lots of foot traffic. Beautiful wildflowers. Breeding grounds for butterflies. Park Ranger had asked that we watch our footing so as to not harm them. Gorgeous “Blues”. Found some reviews/info here: http://hipsterbirders.blogspot.com/2015/11/butterflies-of-crater-lake-national-park.html?m=1

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7 months ago

Easy hike, well maintained, hike through the forest so green and fresh air,( very beautiful view)

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7 months ago

Nice short trail to a beautiful falls. Trail offers great scenery of the forest and plenty of wildlife. Great for all and not very difficult.

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8 months ago

What a beautifully well maintained and easily accessible trail. Mostly flat except for the last little bit up to the falls. Falls are pretty but so is the hike through the forest.

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8 months ago

Pretty cool and easy hike. The falls are lovely, but I imagine if crowded this might be a frustrating hike. We saw a marmot and some cool birds.

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9 months ago

Beautiful well maintained trail. Lots of trees. Payoff is a beautiful waterfall.

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9 months ago

Nice little falls. Easy well marked trail.

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9 months ago

Easy, well-maintained trail. We didn’t run into lots of people as stated in previous reviews. We went on a Friday around noon and it was beautiful!

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9 months ago

Well maintained trail. Slight incline. Here at 10am and there was plenty of parking Pretty butterflies near the falls

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9 months ago

Very clear trail! Easy to navigate; and the view is beautiful

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9 months ago

Great views, good hike, just WAY TOO BUSY!

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9 months ago

Definitely a congested trail during the summer, if you really want to you have to wait in line for a “perfect” photo of the waterfall.

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10 months ago

Easy, unremarkable hike to beautiful falls. Last 1/4 is mostly uphill. View of falls is awesome. Suggest going earlier in the day if you want to be alone.

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10 months ago

Not too many mosquitoes, easy hike, falls are very pretty but not as spectacular as some nearby on 138. Downgraded to 3 due to all the downed trees.

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

really buggy like a lot of crater lake. bring the bug spray. this is also a really short hike. went here yesterday and was the only one on the trail after 7, and had the waterfall all to myself. If u have time to kill, this is an easy hike but we'll worth it.

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bugs
10 months ago

Easy walk but OMG MOSQUITOS!!!! The waterfall at the end: worth it.

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10 months ago

Easy hike for kids (6 & 8) with nice waterfall. Bring some bug spray.

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Sat Sep 15 2018

Nice little trail to the falls with no one around. I did it fairly early in the morning. When I got to the falls I saw a Rock Chuck or also known as a Marmot by the falls. That was interesting since I've only seen a few and it was the first my dog has seen.

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Mon Sep 10 2018

Not crowded. No mosquitoes today, but also no wildflowers. A bit too late in the season, I guess. Easy walk along a well established trail. Slight incline the last 1/4 mile, but nothing tough.

Sat Aug 18 2018

Too many folks.

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Wed Aug 01 2018

Hiked this trail July 24, 2018. Easy walk to the falls. Lots of wildflowers and butterflies.

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Thu Jul 26 2018

Short and easy hike to the Plaikni Falls. Tons of mosquitos on the trail, beware!

Thu Jul 19 2018

The hike to the falls is not scenic. Trail surface is unobstructed. The variety of flowers at the falls was nice.

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Sat Jul 14 2018

Surprising trail with a nice reward at the end. Trail is mostly flat with a slight incline at the falls. We hiked between 2-3PM when the sun is on the falls and makes better pictures. The wildflowers were awesome along with hundreds of butterflies. Don't miss this one at Crater Lake NP.

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Mon Jul 09 2018

Very nice trail. Quite a lot of people, so we didn’t get too close to the actual waterfall. The flowers were all in full bloom and the butterflies were plentiful. It was a simple hike with a fantastic waterfall and a rushing brook as well.

Sun Jul 08 2018

An explosion of wildflowers and butterflies! The walk to the falls is on a wide, flat hard-packed gravel trail appropriate for almost all ages and abilities. Even a person being pushed in a wheelchair can go all the way up to the falls. The forest is pleasant and fragrant but ordinary. Then come the falls! We were there in mid-July and the wildflowers were spectacular—over a dozen kinds covering the creek banks in profusion. A hundred (or so) tiny blue butterflies were drinking from puddles on the path and anyone who reached down soon had a butterfly or two on their fingers. The falls are lovely, too (If you have an iPhone, take a Live Photo and convert it to long exposure!). Definitely worth taking a picnic or guitar or drawing pad and spending some time at this beautiful destination. Mosquitos are abundant. No bathroom at trailhead or anywhere on the trail.

Sun Jul 08 2018

A very pleasant walk through the drier forest up to the wetter areas and then the waterfall. Some moderate parts but not strenuous at all - we walked it in well less than an hour, including a good stop at the falls. Definitely recommend wearing insect repellent, as the mosquitoes are relentless. Also look out for the tiny butterflies on the ground near the stop for the waterfall at the end of the trail! Several of them had been squished which was quite sad to see.

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Sun Jul 01 2018

We managed to squeeze this one in right before heading back to our home base, and I'm so glad we did. It was later in the afternoon on a Sunday, which I'm sure is why it wasn't very crowded. This one's good for all skill levels since it's flat a lot of the way and you get rewarded with a waterfall at the end. We saw a few marmots scrambling around on the rocks--added bonus!

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