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Benson / Tenas Trailhead

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trailhead provides access to:

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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 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 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
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


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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