Plaikni Falls Trail
Project Proposal for New Park Trail
Crater Lake National Park is proposing to embark on an exciting new project to construct a trail to a waterfall site in the vicinity of Anderson Bluffs. The project requires an Environmental Assessment, and the park is seeking input as we begin this process. At this preliminary stage we are looking for general comments and concerns about issues that should be considered as we analyze the potential impacts of this project. We welcome comments during the time period of January 15, 2010 through February 16, 2010.
The site contains a beautiful waterfall surrounded by lush vegetation. It is located about one mile off the Pinnacles Road which branches off the park's East Rim Drive. Accessible only in summer, this trail will provide a new and different experience for park visitors. Interpretive trailside exhibits will be created to enhance visitors' understanding and enjoyment of the trail. It will become the park's third accessible trail, allowing visitors with different degrees of mobility to enjoy the falls and its environs.
The park's 2005 General Management Plan gives guidance for establishing new front country trails. These types of trails are a way to improve the overall visitor experience. Visitor surveys indicate that short trails are extremely important to a majority of visitors. The proposed trail will increase visitor opportunities for recreation, education and interpretation, and access to the natural beauty of the Crater Lake National Park.
We appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have as we begin the environmental assessment process. Please address comments to:
Crater Lake National Park
P.O. Box 7
Crater Lake, Oregon 97604
Comments may also be emailed to Michael_Justin@nps.gov.
Craig W. Ackerman
Specific project questions should be directed to the park Chief of Maintenance, Don Tyree at (541)594-3031 or Don_Tyree@nps.gov.