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The two RV Gypsies hiked at Benham Falls
in Sunriver, Oregon
August 3, 2013

Benham Falls are rapids of the Deschutes River located between Sunriver and Bend, Oregon. With a pitch of 22.5 degrees, they are rated Class 5 for watercraft, and are cited as the largest falls on the Deschutes.

history clipart bookThe falls were created by the eruption of nearby Lava Butte approximately 6,000 years ago, as the lava flow dammed the Deschutes, forming a lake known as Lake Benham. The river eventually flowed over the dam, draining the lake and thus forming Benham Falls. Around 1885, J. R. Benham attempted and failed to file a land claim near the falls, though they were later named for him.

Today, there are forest roads connecting Benham Falls to Lava Butte, Lava River Cave, and Sunriver Resort. A footbridge connects the forest road to an easy-to-navigate trail near the river and falls. The shady area has lots of wildlife and flowers. Because of this, the area also has mosquitoes. Additionally, the United States Forest Service has established a few lookouts over the gorge for viewers.

Benham Falls is also in the Deschutes National Forest and the Newberry National Volcanic Monument.

sign - Benham Falls -one-half mile trail
sign about the 1905 River Ruler
sign about the 1905 River Ruler
sign about the 1905 River Ruler

The two RV Gypsies walked across the bridge and saw the water rapidly moving on one side of the bridge and yet the water was standing still on the other side of the bridge.

bridge on the trail
the river by the bridge
the river by the bridge

Log pile-ups by the bridge

Log pile-ups by the bridge
Log pile-ups by the bridge

Lee Duquette liked the odd shape of the tree shown below.

odd-shaped tree

Below is the actual Benham Falls. It is not a typical waterfall.

Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Benham Falls
Karen Duquette at Benham Falls

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