The hike to Tenas lakes provides multiple clear blue lakes for great swimming, and amazing views. Its a great short trail as well for overnight backpacking.

Starting from Scott Lake in the Willamette National Forest, take the Benson Lake Trail head that starts at the end of the road. This climbs gradually up to Benson Lake, a large, deep, cold lake. From there follow the trail up until you see a junction and a sign to Tenas Lakes. Follow this trail until you find the lakes.

There are lots of trails that will lead to multiple different lakes all of which have great swimming and if you explore you will find great views. You can also take this trail to the summit of Scott Mountain for a more difficult hike.

Pack List

  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Towel
  • Swimsuit
  • 10 essentials
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RT Distance 4.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 650 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Forest
Lake
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Beautiful Lakes, Lots Of Mosquitos

This is a pretty easy hike, mostly flat with some slight uphill. The first few lakes are absolutely beautiful & perfect for cooling off. However, be prepared for MOSQUITO paradise. They are absolutely everywhere and will eat you alive. Bring bug spray if you are backpacking in (or if you plan to walk away without 100 bug bites).


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