The well-groomed trail from Benson Sno-Park to Big Lake traces the paved road accessing the area in the summer. This certainly enables a generally mild route on which to experience the winter basics: flocked evergreens, deep powder, snow clad mountains, and more. Given that this is a multi-use trail, you are likely to encounter other types of winter recreation enthusiasts. Snow machine users and cross-country skiers also use this clearly marked path.
You will find plenty of parking at the Benson Sno-Park. From here, follow the road to the campground along the shore of Big Lake and enjoy the views of Mount Washington above the lake. The lake could be frozen over - remember to take care if crossing a frozen lake; assess the ice and avoid crossing if the ice is too thin or cracking.
Many find snowshoeing enjoyable for its solitude and the ability to travel anywhere across the snow without making an impact on the terrain. Enjoy exploring this area, and if you will be traveling off of the main trail, be sure you can find your way back!
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.