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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)


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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