Spencer Butte Summit Trail

Spencer Butte Park, Oregon 97405

Distance1.7mi
Elevation Gain1,704ft
Trailhead Elevation1,316ft
Top2,044ft
Elevation Min/Max1304/2044ft
Elevation Start/End1316/1316ft

Spencer Butte Summit Trail

Spencer Butte Summit Trail is a hiking trail in Lane County, Oregon. It is within Spencer Butte Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 1,316 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,704 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Spencer Butte (elevation 2,064 feet) can be seen along the trail.

Spencer Butte Summit Trail Professional Reviews and 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."

"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.)"

Spencer Butte Summit Trail Reviews

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6/17/2018
This is a really lovely hike and it is somewhat challenging. The less steep route leaves the parking lot and veers to the right (as opposed to the left fork which is the steep and more challenging route). It travels through a green and lush forest with heavy moss draped over the trees, and then up to the rocky top. I would probably recommend this route instead of the steeper one, unless you really want a more challenging workout to the summit, where the panoramic views of the Willamette Valley, Coast Range, and Cascade Mountain Range are just fantastic. If you start at the Ridgetrail trailhead you may not realize that the hike is longer and more strenuous starting from that vantage point, involving a bit of rock scrambling. Taking the Ridgeline trail route is advantageous if you want to avoid the crowds of people and dogs, too. Either way, make sure you know which trail you are taking. This hike is close to Eugene and is totally worth the visit if you are in the area. I would recommend sunscreen and good shoes or hiking boots for the trail. There is a lot of poison oak along the way and at the top so look out for it. A bottle of water is an absolute must on this one.
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Trail Information

Spencer Butte Park
Nearby City
Spencer Butte Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Eugene Parks and Open Space, 1820 Roosevelt Blvd., Eugene, OR 97402; (541) 682-4800; www.eugene-or.gov/parks
Local Contacts
USGS–Creswell. Excellent detail maps are available from Eugene Parks and Open Space.
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