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Scott to Tenas Lakes via Benson Lake Trail

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Willamette National Forest

Scott to Tenas Lakes via Benson Lake Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 656 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wildlife

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Erin Rowland
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HikingBugs

Very well maintained trail and easy to hike through. Dry and buggy don’t forget your bug spray with deet! About 1.5 miles in you come to the first big lake and then another mile to the end lake. On and off shady the whole way, the elevation gain is slow and steady!

Erin Pryor
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HikingBugs

Easy trail in Great shape (thanks to the nice rangers we met up there). Would wait a few weeks as the mosquitos were out in full force and dont care about your DEET or clothing. Beautiful lake.

Madisyn Tibeau
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HikingBugs

Easy trail and great for dogs!

Nathan Guthrie
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Hiking

beautiful lakes and fairly gentle slope up to Tenas lake. Added a hike up Scott mountain - moderate difficulty, but highly recommend for beautiful views

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Rodrick Myers
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HikingBugs

Very nice day hike, WF trail #3502 if I recall correctly. Well forested mostly shaded trail, very good condition and mostly smooth dirt. It’s yhe same trail head as Benson Lake which seemed to have a bit more people than Tenas. Water temp was comfortable, estimate around ~73 or so. Lots of mosquitos any time we paused walking, we were expecting maybe 2 or 3 people there, we saw about 6 others besides our group of five.

Joe Boston
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HikingBugsMuddySnow

On the easy side of easy. More like a rugged walk. The lakes are beautiful and blue, the trail is well worn and easy to follow, and not strenuous at all. The mosquitoes, though. Bring repellent, and move quickly. There are lots of them, they’re huge, and they’re aggressive.

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Elizabeth N.
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HikingBugs
Lynne Whitley
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HikingBugsSnow

Beautiful and varied scenery. Bugs were evident at lower elevations. Snow drifts were occasionally across Trail and at one point could see where one might lose sight of Trail. My new favorite hike/lake!

Ross Shafrath
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Nice hike! We only went to Benson lake but it was great. Beautiful lake and the North side wasn’t crowded at all. You can walk all the way on top of the bluffs on the North. It gives you a jaw dropping view of the peaks to the south. Also a Great Lake for swimming! Follow all our adventures on Instagram @themicrotourists!

David MacAndrew
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Hiking

Came into Tenas from the west on Trail 3502 (upper left hand corner of the map). Its a very little used trail and is part of the Robinson Lake loop on the backside (North) of the Scott Mountain. It's not as well maintained as the trail from Scott Lake, but its another option for those looking for more obscure trails in the area. To reach the trailhead (Tenas) you drive about 6 miles on USFS roads from HWY 126 so make sure you have map.

David Lee
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Backpacking

Great hike. Steady incline. The lakes are nice to swim in. Get there early to find a good camp. We got there around 11am on a Saturday and was able to find a great spot on the right. Steady backpackers all day and sites started filling up. The lake is busy during the weekend.

Katie Provence
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This was a great hike! It is a steady climb, but nothing too difficult. We loved how remote and untouched the lake was. We got up there around 11am, had a picnic, swam, and relaxed. Definitely need bug spray though!!

David M
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Hiking

Wear mosquito repellant and bring your trunks! Hike requires a lot of focus on your feet (due to frequent roots) which takes away from some of the enjoyment. That said, the ho-hum hike is definitely worth it because the Tenas Lakes are awesome.

Clay DeForge
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Hiking

Fantastic trail. Well maintained! Huckleberries were alive, colorful and well!

Heidi Heidi Faller
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From Scott Lake Campground I hiked up to Benson Lake then Tenas Lakes. I only got a couple mosquito bites. I continued on to the top of Scott Mtn and retraced my steps back to the start.

lance kimball
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Hiking

This trail is a steady up hill with some roots and rocks to step over. Enough tree cover to keep you out of the sun. Lots of huckleberries to pick along the trail. The water at Tenas lake was refreshing but not too cold in mid August. Only a couple of mosquitoes on our trip. At the parking area, walk past the gate to camp sites 12-14 to get a stunning view of the Three Sister's.

Kevin Allison
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Camping
First to Review

Fun trail but nothing but up hill to Tenas lakes.

stephanie d.
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Charles Brown
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Serena Zendejas
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Christian Chalupny
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Chris Widdop
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jackie lindsay
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Bryan Ostdiek
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Katie D
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Christian Chalupny
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Steve Heller
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