Benson Lake Trail #3502


Beginning at Benson / Tenas Trailhead, the 7.5 mile Benson Lake Trail #3502 heads west uphill through an alpine mixed conifer forest. Just before reaching Benson Lake, the trail enters the Mt. Washington Wilderness. Passing through forests and marshes east of Benson Lake, the trail continues north, switching back uphill to pocket meadows and a junction with Tenas Lake Trail #4340. The trail continues north to Scott Mountain Trail #4339, then breaks west, continuing through the alpine mixed conifer forest downhill past The Knobs to end at Tenas Lakes Trailhead.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 7/7/2016: Trail open and clear.
Operational Hours: Highway 242 is closed in Winter, November-June
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Heavy
Water: Requires treatment
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass is required at Benson / Tenas Trailhead
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

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Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding & Camping

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  Area/Length : 
7.5 miles

  Elevation : 
5000 feet