Thursday - July 14, 2016
Plaikni Falls Trail
Crater Lake National Park
Klamath Falls, Oregon
This route winds through old-growth fir and hemlock forest, past a series of rugged bluffs, to the Plaikni Falls.
Plaikni, a Klamath Indian word meaning "from the high country," reflects the origin of the falls high on the slopes of the volcano.
The high country receives an average yearly snowfall of 44 feet. Melting snow percolates through the loose volcanic soil, hits an impermeable layer, and surfaces as a spring.
One spring forms the origin of Sand Creek, which cascades down as Plaikni Falls. In this lush environment, mosses and wildflowers thrive.
Tomorrow another adventure begins.