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Benson Plateau

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Map of trails on the Benson Plateau, courtesy of Don Nelsen.
The Ruckel Creek Trail on the Benson Plateau (bobcat)

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Description

Benson Plateau is a large flat-topped ridge between the watersheds of Eagle Creek and Herman Creek. Ruckel Creek starts here in the upland meadows. The flat surface of the plateau is a remnant of times past. At one time, the surface of this entire area was a large flat mass of lava flows. Centuries of erosion has worn away most of that flat surface into deep canyons, leaving Benson Plateau as a free standing structure.

Benson Camp is a small, unimproved campsite near the headwaters of Ruckel Creek. The location of the camp, nearly the center of Benson Plateau, makes it the perfect home base for exploring the plateau.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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