Benson Plateau Trail is a hiking trail in Hood River County, Oregon. It is within Mark O. Hatfield Wilderness Area. It is 5.3 miles long and begins at 211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,505 feet.
Benson Plateau Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A geographical oddity, this nearly flat, broad hulking summit is the remnant of an ancient giant lava flow. The agents of erosion have done a wonderful job over the millennia carving out its steep fluted ridges and making it appear like a giant citadel seated at the center of the gorge. Getting to Benson’s expansive flat top requires a bit of storming the castle. Several trails lead to this fortress—all of them steep. The Pacific Crest offers the easiest route—but also the longest."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books).
"A bulky, imposing, and nearly level peak in the heart of the Columbia River gorge, the Benson Plateau is the closest thing in western Oregon to a bona fide mesa. While views are slim from the thickly forested summit of this flat-topped peak, there are some decent vistas along the way. Find flowers, too, and native american vision quest pits. And a whole lot of elevation gain makes this hike among the gorge’s most challenging."
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