Pine Bench Trail is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Idleyld Park, OR that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
The trailhead for this hike is the Soda Springs trailhead on the North Umpqua River system. The trail is directly behind the large water pipe and you have to walk under it to get to the signposts. The hike is initially a moderate climb straight uphill for about one mile but then levels off as you hike across the plateau. The Pine Bench is covered in Ponderosa Pine trees that are recovering from a 1996 fire that cleared out the underbrush. There are many charred trees, some that did not survive the fire but most did. At the end of the plateau we took a side trip up the Boulder Creek Wilderness and I have reviewed that section separately. We took the switchbacks down the other side towards Boulder Creek Campground but took a sharp left once next to the river and completed a loop by following the gravel road that parallels the Umpqua back to the dam.