Spencer Butte

Veneta, Oregon

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Despite its steepness, the Spencer Butte Trail is included for two reasons: First, it is quite short; and second, it is by far the most spectacular trail that the city of Eugene has to offer. For this reason, it is Eugene’s most popular and beloved trail, and is not to be missed. From the beautiful trailhead at Spencer Butte Park, there are two routes to the summit. Both are quite steep, but neither is very long. (You can also reach the summit from a connecting link off the Ridgeline Trail.)
Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon

by Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein (Falcon Guides)

Despite its steepness, the Spencer Butte Trail is included for two reasons: First, it is quite short; and second, it is by far the most spectacular trail that the city of Eugene has to offer. For this reason, it is Eugene’s most popular and beloved trail, and is not to be missed.

From the beautiful trailhead at Spencer Butte Park, there are two routes to the summit. Both are quite steep, but neither is very long. (You can also reach the summit from a connecting link off the Ridgeline Trail.)

© 2011 Art Bernstein, Lynn Bernstein/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Veneta
Length: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours (round-trip)
Season: Any; however, keep in mind that the steep rock faces can be slippery in wet weather (winter and spring), and the summit is a lightning rod.
Local Maps: USGS–Creswell. Excellent detail maps are available from Eugene Parks and Open Space.
Topo Map: Spencer Butte Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Easy Day Hikes: Eugene, Oregon Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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