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: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.
Permit Info: If entering from Benson/Tenas TrailheadCentral Cascades Wilderness Permits are required between June 15 and October 15 for both day and overnight use at this trailhead.  If entering from Tenas Lake or Fingerboard Prairie Trailheads:
  • Overnight Use
  • Day Use
    • Free, self-issue Wilderness Permit (available at the trailhead) between June 15 and October 15.
Check out Recreation.gov for more information or call 1-877-444-6777.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
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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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Backpacking

Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Horse Riding

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

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Location

 
  Area/Length : 
7.5 miles

  Latitude : 
44.2142

  Longitude : 
-121.893

  Elevation : 
5000 feet