Tenas Lakes via Benson Lake Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blue River, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,535 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

forest

lake

views

hiking
2 months ago

Not a lot of views, but this trails offers a second option for getting into Tenas Lake and Scott Mountain. The day I did this hike (2017), there was a horse club coming down in a an attempt to add a little definition to the trail and it seemed to be working. Overall though, the trails on the backside (north) of Scott Mountain get very little use and are not in the best of shape - especially the Hand Lake Trail #3513 (Fire Damage) - and are almost impossible follow.

hiking
4 months ago

This isn't a hike for those in search of amazing views along the trail. You will be in the forest for the duration of the hike until reaching the lakes. The lakes are awesome and well worth the hike. This hike does allow for the option of adding 2.6 miles to summit Scott Mountain. This will give you amazing views of the Cascades. I did this hike in mid June and didn't run into any other hikers. There is still a bit of snow, but its melting pretty quick.