Scott Mountain/Benson Lake

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Leader: Sue Wolling
Hike: 10 miles, 1300 ft (Difficult)

Despite the likelihood of smoke and mosquitoes, our group of seven headed up to the Scott Mountain trailhead. We were pleased to see that the last mile of gravel road, which last year had potholes that could eat a Subaru for breakfast, had been recently graded and was in good shape. By doing the hike on a Tuesday, we avoided the mobs of parked cars that can overrun this trailhead/campground on the weekends, so we quickly parked and started our hike.

This wonderful, varied trail has some of everything: the sparkling blue of Benson and the Tenas Lakes, fields of wildflowers, a knock-out view of the Cascade Peaks from atop Scott Mountain, a short section through a burn with acres of fireweed, a walk alongside a lava flow--and yes, some smoke and some mosquitoes. We enjoyed all of it--and as a special treat, we shared the last section of trail with thousands of tiny frogs that we hope will grow up to eat lots of mosquitoes!

Members: Sue Wolling, Ben Brown, Ruthy Kanagy, Mari Baldwin, Lynda Christiansen, Lyndell Wilken. Nonmembers: Denise Bean.

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