Hike to Plaikni Falls

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Added by Lindsey Banks

  • Wheelchair accessible simple hike to a beautiful waterfall
  • A hidden gem located within Crater Lake National Park, with fewer crowds
  • Family-friendly hike with scenic forest views
  • 2 miles roundtrip with 185 foot elevation gain
  • Out-and-back hike

Starting on the Crater Lake East Rim Drive near the Phantom Ship Overlook, take the Pinnacles Road 1.2 miles until you see the Plaikni Falls trailhead on your left.

The Plaikni Falls trail is an easy 2.0 mile roundtrip hike through an old-growth forest to a waterfall.

The first 3/4 of the trail is wheelchair accessible. The final climb to the falls may be too steep.

The forest trail is a beautiful hike. If you are there in early summer, you may also catch the wildflower blooms.

Pack List

  • Comfortable shoes

  • Water

  • Camera

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Spring, Summer, Autumn


Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible

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Added by Lindsey Banks

I am a Florida-raised, Oregon-living outdoor adventurer. I love to travel, hike, rock climb, and spend time outdoors with my husband and our two dogs.

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