The Benson Lake Trail is within the Mt. Washington Wilderness. The trail meanders through a moderately forested, sub-alpine setting.
Benson Lake is a 1-1/2 mile hike from the trailhead. North of the lake, is access to the trail for Scott Mountain. The Benson Lake trail continues beyond this junction and descends in elevation at the Benson Trailhead, located on Forest Road 640.