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Plaikni Falls, Crater Lake National Park

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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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  • Nice quiet walk on a level path for 3/4 of the way and then up a hill path the last 1/4 to view a lovely waterfall. 
    Nice quiet walk on a level path for 3/4 of the way and then up a hill path the last 1/4 to view a lovely waterfall.  more »
  • This is a nice little hike that’s not too far from the Rim Road. It takes about 20 minutes each way and is pretty flat until you get close to the falls where there’s a moderate ascent. Recommended. 
    This is a nice little hike that’s not too far from the Rim Road. It takes about 20 minutes each way and is pretty flat until you get close to the falls where there’s a moderate ascent. Recommended.  more »
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  • Easy hiker. Nice gravel packed trail. Great with kids. They can see nature, accomplish a hike, but avoid tired legs. The hardest part is parking is limited.
  • Easy hike, beautiful waterfall, and lots of butterflies!

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