West Benson Way Trail

Area Status: Temporarily Closed
This area is Closed

Starting at the Herman Creek Trailhead, climb up the Herman Creek Trail through a power line clearing to a junction with the Herman Creek Bridge Trail. Turn right and follow the Trail downhill less than half of a mile to the bridge, then climb almost 500 feet to a junction with the Pacific Crest Trail. Once on the PCT, you’ll climb from 960 feet to about 3700 feet in elevation in the first 2.7 miles. At the 2000 feet level, you’ll enter the Hatfield Wilderness Area. Shortly thereafter, the trail flattens onto the summit of the Benson Plateau.

The trail begins at Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and ends at Pacific Crest Trail #2000, so this trail makes a connection between two sections of the Pacific Crest trail providing some side trail to explore the wooded ridges in the area.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice due to Eagle Creek Fire.
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information


From Portland, OR - take I-84 east to Cascade Locks exit # 44. Drive under I-84 and through town 1.8 miles to the eastbound entrance ramp. From the stop sign, continue east 1.6 miles toward Oxbow Fish Hatchery, then on to Herman Creek Campground.



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  Area/Length : 
3.0 miles


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