Benson Plateau via Ruckel Creek

North Bonneville, Washington

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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.

Benson Plateau via Ruckel Creek Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: North Bonneville
Distance: 11.2
Elevation Gain: 3,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Late May-Nov
Local Contacts: Mount Hood National Forest
Local Maps: Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
Driving Directions: Directions to Benson Plateau via Ruckel Creek

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May 2018