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Spencer Trail

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 4.8 (4)

This trail consists of a steep series of switchbacking steps to a fantastic view of amazing geology.


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1.9

Miles

3.1

KM

61%

Runnable

4,659' 1,420 m

High

3,134' 955 m

Low

1,586' 483 m

Up

64' 19 m

Down

16%

Avg Grade (9°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

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Runner Notes

This is a great workout, but go early, this west-facing slope has no shade and really bakes in the sun. Some very narrow sections with long drops.

Description

This challenging and rugged trail has views that only improve the higher you go. The distance is short, but the trail gains elevation quickly through tricky rock and scree, making this a more strenuous undertaking than it might appear initially.

After passing the historical buildings of Lees Fort and the nearby mining debris, follow the wide dirt road over flat terrain upriver. Keep an eye out for the sunken wreck of a paddle boat and more mining relics. The exposed and shadeless Spencer Trail branches off to the left (northeast) leaving the river and starting to ascend through the hills. Alternately traverse exposed cliffs, thread through boulders and climb sandy stone steps to gain precious elevation. After another set of steeper, sustained switchbacks, you reach the plateau. Spend some time exploring at the top to experience all the following views: Page, Paria River, Lake Powell, Glen Canyon, Echo Peaks, Vermilion Cliffs, Navajo Mountian, Lee's Ferry.

Historical notes: this trail was named after Charles Spencer who was in charge of the gold mining operations here. He built the Spencer Trail to transport coal to the mine from Utah.

Flora & Fauna

Lizards, cactus.

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Megan W

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  4.8 from 4 votes

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#159

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Photos

From the top of Spencer Trail overlooking Lee's Ferry with Navajo Bridge and the Vermillion Cliffs in the background.
Jan 20, 2021 near LeChee, AZ
Cairn and post at the summit. It was a helpful marker to find the trail again after hiking around on top.
Jan 20, 2021 near LeChee, AZ
A segment of trail about halfway up. Looking up river from Lee's Ferry. The trail is pretty exposed most of the way.
Jan 20, 2021 near LeChee, AZ
On the water after coming down from top.
Apr 4, 2021 near LeChee, AZ
From Lee's Ferry looking downstream
Jul 2, 2015 near LeChee, AZ

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Nov 6, 2018
Abigail Lock
Hiked this trail (yay injury)—totally beautiful view at the top of the canyon. 4mi