The Oregon section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail climbs gently through vine maple and scattered fir to dense stands of old-growth forest. The hike passes the rugged canyons of Eagle and Herman Creeks on the way to Benson Plateau and Wahtum Lake Basin. About 6.2 miles of this section of Pacific Crest Trail is within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area before it enteres Mt. Hood National Forest.
Features: At 14.4 miles, hike the extra 0.2 mile to Chinidere Mountain for views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helens. Junctions with the Gorge Trail #400, Teakettle Spring (7.1 mi.), Wahtum Lake and Eagle Creek Trail junction (15.6 mi.), Indian springs Campground (18.2 mi.), Ramona Falls (38.8 mi.), Timberline Lodge (49.4 mi.). 6.2 miles is in the Scenic Area, about 4 of that are in wilderness.
Hiking to Wahtum Lake would make a good overnight trip. A return route on Herman creek trail would make a good loop. Please consult a good, up to date map when planning your hike.
Horse Riding & Camping
Recreation areas with activity Horse Riding:
Horse riding is allowed on certain trails in the area. Contact the local office for more information on which and when trails are opened for horses. And, as always, please stay on the existing trails and roadbeds!
Recreation areas with activity Viewing Scenery:
Views of Mount Adams, Mount Rainier, and Mount St. Helens