“I like this place and could willingly waste my time in it.” – William Shakespeare
Benham Falls is rated as Class 5 rapids located between Sunriver and Bend, Oregon. These are angry rapids that are quite mesmerizing with its intensity. I loved it. I drove straight to the trailhead which was an easy walk from the small parking lot. The last 2 1/2 miles of the road was not paved and very much isolated. My imagination was running wild for a second making me a bit worried that something would come out and attack me.
I forgot about being completely alone in the forest once I reached the hiking trail. I saw a mountain bike parked at the start of the trailhead and an SUV in the parking lot. I wasn’t completely alone anymore. I let go of my fear and focused on enjoying the peaceful surroundings.
I realized it was a blessing that it wasn’t crowded at all when I got there. I was able to appreciate the scenery, take lots of pictures and was rewarded with the quiet time I often crave but rarely find in the city.
For reasons I cannot fully explain, this is one of the places I will never forget. There was something about Benham Falls that captivated me. It might not have the same effect on you but I highly recommend this place if you’re ever around Bend, Oregon. This is worth the drive.
Bel’s tips for this trip
1. Parking at this site requires a Northwest Forest Day Pass which cost $5.
2. Bring a map. You can ask for a hiking trails map at Lava Lands Visitor Center.
3. Bring water and food.
4. Bring a camera. If you don’t have one, please check out the links below. You could go on full DSLR or just use a point and shoot. If you also have a good camera phone that should be good enough to capture amazing photographs.
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5. Wear hiking boots. It gets muddy and slippery when it rains. Please check out links below from Amazon for recommended boots.
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