Scott Mountain

Willamette National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Scott Mountain


  • Fireweed reclaims this old burn area.- Scott Mountain
  • The trail passes Tenas Lake.- Scott Mountain
  • Only bits of foundation remain from the old lookout site.- Scott Mountain
  • Much of the trail traverses open, dry woodlands.- Scott Mountain
  • Views of the Three Sisters (10,358') are best if you wander just east of a clump of trees near the summit.- Scott Mountain
  • The broad summit of Scott Mountain is dry, dusty, and open.- Scott Mountain
  • The trail takes on a new look heading north from Scott Mountain.- Scott Mountain
  • A USGS marker is drilled into a bit of solid rock near the summit of Scott Mountain.- Scott Mountain
  • Looking north to the pointy Mount Washington (7,795').- Scott Mountain
  • Unidentified species (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Scott Mountain
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Overview + Weather
Scenic viewpoint. Excellent swimming and camping.
Crowded to Benson Lake.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
8.20 mi (13.20 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,820.00 ft (1,469.14 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Looking for a hike with excellent Cascade views and a few swimming options along the way? Scott Mountain is a great choice. The route to Scott Mountain first passes Benson Lake, a popular spot for backpacking, hiking and swimming. Between Benson Lake and Scott Mountain you'll pass by Tenas Lakes, which also make excellent swimming and backpacking destinations. Keep walking and you'll encounter thick huckleberry meadows with berries that ripen in August. Then, continue uphill through alternating stretches of forest and wildflower meadows to the top of Scott Mountain. From the summit, you get a high vantage point over extensive lava fields that flowed from Belknap Crater and Little Belknap Crater just a few thousand years ago. Small stands of trees fight for a hold in the cracked, black lava. Mount Washington and the Three Sisters are also visible.

To return to the trailhead, you have two options: return the way you came, or make a loop and head to Hand Lake. Making a loop only adds another 1.5 miles, and you'll get the experience of walking through an old burn. Fireweed, huckleberries, and other early colonizers are predominant there among the charred trees that are still standing. Either way, it's almost totally downhill back to Scott Lake.

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