Plaikni Falls Trail

EASY 45 reviews
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Plaikni Falls Trail is a 2 mile lightly 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 birding and is best used from March until October.

2.0 miles
134 feet
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly



nature trips






wild flowers

no dogs

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.

15 days ago

Nice, wooded trail that winds through wet bottom area with reasonably gentle incline toward the Fall. Much insect life to observe such as a myriad of butterflies and very large, black beetles. This is a great trail for curious, little kids! Trail is maintained well by the park and appears to be weathering constant use. It is not a lightly-trafficked trail. The Fall attracts plenty of visitors, and rightly so. Large and refreshing in late summer, it's a beautiful jewel in the Crater Lake crown.

4 months ago

Nice wide trail.

5 months ago

Really beautiful forest!!!

6 months ago

The hike itself was pretty easy, the smell of pine was refreshing, and the falls were beautiful. The "lightly trafficked" description above was a major understatement today however (late August). Plenty of people on the trail from start to finish, and a small stadium crowd at the falls was a detractor.

6 months ago

Nice hike with a great waterfall at the end.

6 months ago

An incredible new trail. tons of people but wide enough to share. wide open forest, enchanting wildflowers and an awesome waterfall. We trailed right after the rim race, what a day.

6 months ago

We drove thru Crater Lake on our way home from Salem. the trail was easy to walk through and was clearly marked. there was a guided tour that began at 2:00 pm, but we just took the trail on our own. there really was no reason to have a tour guide. The water fall was gorgeous. We walked it with our 3 teenagers. The butterflies were fun to photograph.

6 months ago

Went on a Saturday afternoon in the summer. Not a huge parking lot, but got a spot. A few cars were parked on the side of rode with enough room. Easy walk, with a creek to follow, wildflowers and you get right up to the falls. Beautiful! Recommended you keep driving after this to the end of Pinnacle Rd for a quick walk out to see the Pinnacles, very cool as well.

7 months ago

Easy trail, but also very beautiful. Perfect for little kids.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

a bit touristy

Monday, September 05, 2016

very easy hike to the falls ..

Monday, August 22, 2016

This is really more of a leisurely walk through the he forest than a hike. The waterfall at the end is pretty although it is not fantastic. In addition because of the easy access of be trail, it is semi- crowded at the end in front of the waterfall. My biggest recommendation is to bring bug spray as there are multitudes of mosquitos. This would be a good walk for those who may not be in the best of shape or have small children

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nice walk around crater lake national park. Beautiful fall at the end with wild flowers. Thanks!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Nice short hike to see the falls. Lots of people, but its not a problem

Friday, July 29, 2016

Small hike + waterfalls = Loads of people

Monday, July 25, 2016

Busy trail but we timed it perfectly to avoid the crowds that can accumulate at the falls area.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Beautiful waterfull. Nice easy hike. A must to see.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. It's a quick detour from the lake, and a great look at the rest of the park.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Very easy hike although I would suggest mosquito repellent and they were every where. Waterfall at the end was very nice. As said in previous review this is a new trail they are building and one of the only wheel chair able ones I know of.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

This is a new trail built in 2011 that takes you to a small but beautiful waterfall in Crater Lake National Park. The hike is an easy one and wheelchair accessible. Most of the distance is flat and the 200 foot elevation gain at the end is not too steep. The park was still building the trail when we hiked it. Many rest stops have been created but the wooden benches that will eventually be placed there are still sitting at the trail head waiting to be placed. We hiked the trail on a rainy Sunday morning and only saw one other person on the trail but this is sure to be a busy trail in better weather and once the public realizes this new trail exists.

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