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Camp Smokey

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Camp Smokey location after the Eagle Creek Fire in June 2018 (kepPNW)
Viewpoint from Eagle-Benson Trail, just below Camp Smokey (pre-Eagle Creek Fire view) (Jim Sifferle)
The Camp Smokey log shelter before the Eagle Creek Fire (bobcat)


NOTICE: This camp burned in the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire. The Eagle-Benson Trail that connected to here was obliterated.

Camp Smokey is at the junction of the PCT and the Eagle-Benson Trail #434 at the southern tip of the Benson Plateau. There was one large camp site with a log windbreak, and another smaller site a short distance down the Eagle-Benson Trail. There is seasonal drinking water at Smokey Spring about .1 miles down the Eagle-Benson Trail at 45.61394, -121.84271. That being said, don't expect water past July in low snow years.

It used to be a nice place to setup camp on a multi-day trip around the Eagle Creek drainage or an out-and-back to Wahtum Lake. Afternoon winds can be pretty stiff in this area. There was an excellent viewpoint of Table Mountain and the expanse of the Eagle Creek drainage about .5 miles down the Eagle-Benson Trail.

In October 2012, there was a small ground fire on the slope between Camp Smokey and the campsite at the spring. Although the Pacific Crest Trail was reopened in June 2018 following the September 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, this would probably not be a good place to camp in coming years because of all the hazard trees. Most of the Benson Plateau was unburned, so you should find a campsite there.

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