Ruckel Creek

  • Difficult
  • 9.6 miles round trip
  • 3700 feet elevation gain
  • Open April through November


The challenging Ruckel Creek Trail climbs nearly 4000 feet to the forested Benson Plateau. The path approaches Ruckel Creek only twice, instead visiting Indian-dug pits, a clifftop viewpoint, and meadowed slopes dotted with late spring wildflowers.

From Portland, take Interstate …

Other Options The hardiest of adventurers can turn this hike into a loop by starting out on …

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Northwest Oregon & Southwest Washington.