Spencer Butte — Eugene, OR

I have been wanting to write about our hike up the summit of Spencer Butte that we did soon after we arrived in Eugene area. Due to many things that we need to do while in the area, this post got put off until now.

Spencer Butte is located just outside of the southern edge of City of Eugene. At 2,058 feet in elevation, it is the highest point in the Eugene-Springfield area. There are several trails that lead to the summit of Spencer Butte and several trailheads to start from. The trailhead that appears to be the main one is Spencer Butte Park Trailhead.

It took only a short drive from Eugene to Spencer Butte Park Trailhead. From the trailhead, we took the Main Route (see photo below) which started with a gradual climb through blackberry-lined trail until reaching a trail junction. Then the climb started. Once near the top, the trail became treeless providing a great visibility of the valley below.

Spencer Butte Park Trailhead

Spencer Butte Park Trailhead

Lower section of Spencer Butte Trail is shady, great for a hot day.

Lower section of Spencer Butte Trail is shady, great for a hot day.

These steps made it easier to climb up the steep section.

Looking north from the summit

A survey marker at the summit

A survey marker at the summit

We spent about 20 minutes at the top trying to identify familiar landmarks. There wasn’t much crowd conside ring it was Sunday afternoon. We stopped by a large open area with lots of blackberry bushes and had a feast on all-we-can-eat berries before getting back to the car. What a treat!

Another feast on blackberries on the trail

Another feast on blackberries on the trail

  • Date hiked: August 14, 2016
  • Hiking time: 1h 18m
  • Distance: 2.6 mi round-trip (out and back)
  • Elevation change: Approx. 700 ft

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  1. I’m trying to see if I can make a comment. I tried to do this before but I’m trying again. Glad you’re having a good time.

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