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Benson Plateau Loop Hike/Log

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Benson Plateau Loop Hike

This is a trail log page. The hike mile column refers to how many miles you'll have hiked on this particular hike to reach the listed point. Hike miles will be different from one hike to another. The trail mile column is a permanent marker for the trail measuring miles from the start of the trail. Trail miles are a permanent feature of the trail and are the same from hike to hike. Sections of the trail included in this hike are blue. Other trail segments are provided for you to personalize your own hikes.


Herman Creek Trail #406
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
0.0 0.0 160 Road.JPG Herman Creek Trailhead
0.3 0.3 400 Power line Clearing
0.6 0.6 (400) 30.5 540 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
0.7 (400) 30.7 680 Trail follows road
1.3 (400) 31.2 980 Campsite.JPG Junction.JPG Herman Camp
1.3 (400) 31.2 980 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Gorge-Gorton Creek Trail Junction
1.6 1000 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Nick Eaton Trail Junction
2.1 970 Water.JPG Nick Eaton Falls
2.6 1120 Wilderness Boundary
2.7 1160 Water.JPG Camp Creek Crossing
3.6 1480 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Casey Creek Way Trail Junction
4.0 1840 Water.JPG Casey Creek Crossing
4.0 1480 Campsite.JPG Casey Creek Camp
4.0 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-West Fork Herman Creek Trail Junction
??? 1920 Water.JPG Hazel Creek Crossing
5.0 1920 Water.JPG Slide Creek Falls
5.3 2080 Water.JPG Mullinix Creek Crossing
5.6 2140 Water.JPG Whisky Creek Crossing
7.4 2950 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Creek Cutoff Trail Junction
??? 2950 Campsite.JPG Cedar Swamp Camp
7.7 2850 Water.JPG East Fork Herman Creek Crossing
7.7 2850 Campsite.JPG Seven and a Half Mile Camp (Herman Creek)
7.9 3040 Campsite.JPG Noble Camp
9.3 3760 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Mud Lake Trail Junction
10.2 4200 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Anthill-Tomlike Mountain Trail Junction
10.8 4200 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Rainy Wahtum Trail Junction
11.0 4250 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Creek Trail Junction


Herman Creek Bridge Trail #406E
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
0.6 0.0 (400) 30.6 540 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
1.0 0.4 (400) 30.2 500 Water.JPG Herman Creek Bridge
1.8 1.2 (400) 29.4 960 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Bridge Trail Junction


Pacific Crest Trail #2000
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
2147.8 800 View.JPG Greenleaf Viewpoint
2147.4 510 Water.JPG Greenleaf Creek Bridge
2147.2 350 Water.JPG Road
2147.2 350 Water.JPG Greenleaf Pond
2146.7 350 Water.JPG Natural Gas Pipeline
2146.6 350 Water.JPG Abandoned Road
2146.5 350 Water.JPG Gillette Creek Bridge
2146.4 280 Water.JPG Gillette Lake
2146.2 410 Junction.JPG Road
2144.1 250 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Tamanous Trail Junction
2143.6 140 Road.JPG Fort Rains
2142.8 140 Road.JPG Icehouse Lake Trailhead
2142.2 150 Road.JPG Bridge of the Gods Trailhead
2142.1 200 Road.JPG Moody Street
2142.0 240 Road.JPG Moody Street Extension
2142.0 (400) 25.2 240 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Gorge Trail Junction
2141.1 (400) 26.1 680 Road.JPG Powerline Road
2140.2 (400) 26.9 720 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Rudolph Spur Trail Junction
2140.2 (400) 26.9 720 Junction.JPG Road.JPG Pacific Crest-Dry Creek Falls Trail Junction
2140.2 (400) 26.9 720 Water.JPG Dry Creek Bridge
2139.3 (400) 27.8 750 Water.JPG Rockslide
2138.5 (400) 28.6 960 Water.JPG Creek
2138.4 (400) 28.7 960 Herman Creek Pinnacles
2138.2 (400) 28.9 1040 Water.JPG Pacific Crest Falls
2137.9 (400) 29.2 1080 Rockslide
1.8 2137.7 (400) 29.4 1120 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
3.3 2136.2 2000 Hatfield Wilderness boundary
4.3 2135.2 Helispot
4.8 2134.7 3360 Water.JPG Side trail to Teakettle Spring
5.5 2134.0 3700 View.JPG North edge of Benson Plateau
5.7 2133.8 3760 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Way North Trail Junction
6.4 2133.1 3980 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Ruckel Trail Junction
2132.4 4110 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Ruckel Creek Trail Junction
2131.5 4110 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Way South Trail Junction
2131.0 3810 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Eagle Benson Trail Junction
2131.0 3810 Campsite.JPG Camp Smokey
2130.9 3400 Rock slope
?????? 1972 Forest Fire Sign
?????? View.JPG Spur trail to viewpoint
?????? 4170 Junction.JPG Jct abandoned trail to Hicks Lake
2127.7 4270 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Chinidere Cutoff-Chinidere Mountain Trail Junction
2127.5 4260 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Creek Trail Junction
2126.9 Water.JPG Side creek
2126.1 3750 Water.JPG Wahtum Lake
2125.9 3760 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Wahtum Lake Trail Junction
2125.7 3760 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Eagle Creek Trail Junction
2124.6 4300 Hatfield Wilderness Boundary
2123.1 4300 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Indian Springs Trail Junction
2123.1 4300 Water.JPG Indian Springs
2123.1 4300 Campsite.JPG Indian Springs Camp


Benson Ruckel Trail #405A
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
6.4 0.9 3980 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Ruckel Trail Junction
7.3 0.0 3830 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Ruckel Trail Junction


Ruckel Creek Trail #405
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
0.0 Junction.JPG HCRHT-Ruckel Creek Trail Junction
0.4 Power line Clearing
??? Ruckel Creek Native American Site
1.8 View.JPG Columbia River Viewpoint
2.7 Water.JPG Spring
4.0 3600 Wilderness Boundary
4.3 3700 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Rudolph Spur Trail Junction
4.4 3700 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Ruckel Ridge Trail Junction
4.5 3800 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Way Trail Junction
4.5 3800 Campsite.JPG Hunter's Camp
7.3 4.7 3830 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Ruckel Trail Junction
7.5 4.9 3870 Water.JPG First Ruckel Creek Crossing
7.7 5.1 3960 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Spur Trail Junction
5.4 3960 Water.JPG Second Ruckel Creek Crossing
5.4 3960 Campsite.JPG Benson Camp
5.8 4060 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Ruckel Creek Trail Junction


Benson Spur Trail #405C
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
7.7 0.0 3960 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Spur Trail Junction
8.2 0.5 4010 Junction.JPG Benson Way-Benson Spur Trail Junction


Benson Way Trail #405B
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
3.1 4040 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Way South Trail Junction
8.2 2.3 4010 Junction.JPG Benson Way-Benson Spur Trail Junction
9.2 1.3 3800 Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek-Benson Way Trail Junction
10.5 0.0 3840 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Way North Trail Junction


Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (Partial Log)
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
10.5 2133.8 3760 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Benson Way North Trail Junction
10.7 2134.0 3700 View.JPG North edge of Benson Plateau
11.4 2134.7 3360 Water.JPG Side trail to Teakettle Spring
11.9 2135.2 Helispot
12.9 2136.2 2000 Hatfield Wilderness boundary
14.4 2137.7 (400) 29.4 1120 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Bridge Trail Junction


Herman Creek Bridge Trail #406E
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
14.4 1.2 (400) 29.4 960 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
15.2 0.4 (400) 30.2 500 Water.JPG Herman Creek Bridge
15.6 0.0 (400) 30.6 540 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction


Herman Creek Trail #406
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
0.7 (400) 30.6 680 Trail follows road
15.6 0.6 (400) 30.6 540 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
15.9 0.3 400 Power line Clearing
16.2 0.0 160 Road.JPG Herman Creek Trailhead


Connecting Trails

Gorge Trail #400 (Eastern Portion)
Hike Mile Trail Mile Marker Dual Trail Mile Marker Elevation Notes Location
15.2 (EF) 0.0 150 Road.JPG John B Yeon Trailhead
15.3 (EF) 0.1 170 Junction.JPG Elowah Falls-Nesmith Point Trail Junction
15.6 (EF) 0.4 350 Junction.JPG Elowah Falls-Upper McCord Creek Falls Trail Junction
16.0 (EF) 0.8 240 Water.JPG Elowah Falls
17.5 40 Water.JPG Moffett Creek Bridge on Gorge Trail
17.6 120 Junction.JPG Gorge-Munra Point Trail Junction
19.0 (HCRHT) 41.3 40 Junction.JPG HCRHT-Gorge Trail Junction at Tanner Creek
19.1 (HCRHT) 41.4 40 Water.JPG Tanner Creek Bridge
19.2 (HCRHT) 41.5 50 Junction.JPG Road.JPG Wahclella Falls Trailhead
19.3 70 Old flume to fish hatchery
20.5 (034) 0.2 550 Junction.JPG Trail follows Road 034
20.7 (070) 0.1 590 Junction.JPG Trail follows Road 070
20.8 (777) 1.1 600 Junction.JPG Tanner Road-Gorge Trail Junction
21.2 (777) 0.7 500 Junction.JPG Tanner Road-Gorge-Portage Road Connector Trail Junction
21.6 600 Junction.JPG Gorge-Wauna Viewpoint Trail Junction
22.1 80 Water.JPG Junction.JPG Gorge-Shady Glen Trail Junction
22.3 80 Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge
22.4 80 Junction.JPG Road.JPG Eagle Creek Trailhead
22.7 200 Junction.JPG Gorge-Buck Point Trail Junction
23.0 (HCRHT) 43.2 120 Junction.JPG HCRHT-Gorge Trail Junction at Ruckel Creek
23.3 (HCRHT) 43.5 180 Water.JPG Junction.JPG Ruckel Creek Bridge
23.3 (HCRHT) 43.5 180 Junction.JPG HCRHT-Ruckel Creek Trail Junction
24.0 (HCRHT) 44.2 220 Junction.JPG HCRHT-Gorge Trail Junction near Cascade Locks
25.4 (2000) 2142.0 230 Junction.JPG Road.JPG Pacific Crest-Gorge Trail Junction
26.3 (2000) 2141.1 780 Powerline Road
27.2 (2000) 2140.2 900 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Rudolph Spur Trail Junction
27.2 (2000) 2140.2 750 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Dry Creek Falls Trail Junction
27.2 (2000) 2140.2 750 Water.JPG Dry Creek Bridge
27.8 (2000) 2139.3 750 Rockslide
28.6 (2000) 2138.5 1030 Water.JPG Side Creek
28.7 (2000) 2138.4 950 Herman Creek Pinnacles
28.9 (2000) 2138.2 1040 Water.JPG Pacific Crest Falls
29.2 (2000) 2137.9 950 Rockslide
29.4 (2000) 2137.7, (406E) 1.2 960 Junction.JPG Pacific Crest-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
30.2 (406E) 0.4 520 Water.JPG Herman Creek Bridge
30.6 (406E) 0.0, (406) 0.7 600 Junction.JPG Herman Creek-Herman Bridge Trail Junction
31.3 (406) 1.4 700 Junction.JPG Herman Camp
??? 800 Water.JPG Grays Creek Crossing on Gorge Trail
33.4 400 View.JPG Home Valley Viewpoint
34.9 200 Water.JPG Gorton Creek Bridge
34.9 (411) 0.1 200 Junction.JPG Wyeth-Gorge Trail Junction


  • Campsite.JPG Campsite
  • Closed.JPG Closed area
  • Bathroom.JPG Restrooms
  • Road.JPG Road access
  • Junction.JPG Trail junction
  • View.JPG View
  • Water.JPG Water source

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