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:

New for 2020, trails in Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas will require a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight use and some will require one for day-use. Learn more.

Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check for conditions.
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required
Usage: Heavy
Water: Requires treatment
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of payment at Benson / Tenas Trailhead
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

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  Area/Length : 
7.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
5000 feet