Plaikni Falls - Hike near Chiloquin, Oregon
Plaikni Falls Trailhead, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon 97604,Chiloquin,Oregon
42.9019857232208, -122.06086277961731
24.5 miles NW of Chiloquin, Oregon
Address: Plaikni Falls Trailhead, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon 97604
GPS: 42°54'7.1"N 122°3'39.1"W
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State: Oregon

Waterfalls National Park


There's more to Crater Lake National Park than the lake itself. If you want to get away from the more popular hiking trails and scenic routes,  Plaikni Falls trail is a great alternative! It is definitely one of the more remote hikes at Crater Lake. This hiking trail is extremely family friendly and wheelchair accessible for the most part. This short hike leads you to the beautiful 20-foot waterfall and Sand Creek. This area is usually teeming with wildflowers in the prime summer months.

The Plaikni Falls trail is one of the newer trails at Crater Lake. It opened in 2011 and was intended for people with limited mobility and families with young children.

Along the trail, you will be surrounded by fir and hemlock trees which provide some nice shade during the hike. Make sure to bring a camera so that you can capture the great scenery you'll see!

Roundtrip: 42 minutes / 2 miles

Elevation gain: about 180 feet


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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Chiloquin, Oregon

  1. Head northwest on W Chocktoot St toward S Wasco Ave (0.1 mi)
  2. Continue onto OR-422 W (4.2 mi)
  3. Turn right onto OR-62 W (8.5 mi)
  4. Turn right to stay on OR-62 W (16.0 mi)
  5. Turn right onto Munson Valley Rd/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (3.9 mi)
  6. Turn right onto Rim Dr/Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (8.2 mi)
  7. Turn right onto Pinnacles Rd
    Destination will be on the left
    (1.2 mi)
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