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Benson / Tenas Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

This trailhead provides access to:

See trail page for more information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Starting in 2021, visitors to the Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, and Three Sisters Wilderness Areas may need a Central Cascades Wilderness Permit for overnight and day-use. Learn more.
Operational Hours: Access is dependent on McKenzie Highway (OR Hwy 242), which is closed in the winter. Check tripcheck.com for conditions.
Fees $5/vehicle/day or valid recreation pass. Fee site and payment accepted on site.
Permit Info: Wilderness self-issue permit required for visitors.
  • Day and Overnight visitors: Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required between Friday of Memorial Day weekend and the last Friday of September; reserve at recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Learn more.
  • Free, unlimited Wilderness self-issue permit required last Saturday of September until October 31 (available at trailhead).
 
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Restrictions:
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Sisters, OR
Passes: A valid recreation pass may be used as a form of payment.
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger Station

General Information

Directions:

From McKenzie Bridge, OR, travel east on Highway 126 to Highway 242. Head up Highway 242 and turn left (west) on Forest Road 260 to Scott Lake. Benson / Tenas Trailhead is at the northwest end of the parking lot at the end of the road.

Please do not park in front of trailhead signboard or gated road. 


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  Latitude : 
44.2142

  Longitude : 
-121.893

 

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