ElevationAscent: 1,091' 332 m
Descent: -1,090' -332 m
High: 2,019' 615 m
Low: 986' 301 m
GradeAvg Grade: 8% (5°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)
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“The pride of Eugene! Easy access and easy ascent make for a great anytime route!”— nickwbb Boswell
All three trail options climb about 1000 feet to the top of the butte, though that doesn't mean the Spencer Butte Main Trail is much steeper approaching from the other trailheads as most of the elevation gain is occurs near the summit.
The surrounding area is a lovely fern-covered forests of Douglas Firs with the exception of the "bald" summit of Spencer Butte. Because the summit does not have any trees, it offers unobstructed panoramic views of the entire area. On a clear day, you can see the Coastal Range on one side and the Cascade Volcanoes on the other. It also provides great views of the city of Eugene.
Portions of the run are steep and uneven. If it's recently rained that trail can become sloppy and various roots along the trail and the rocks at the summit can be noticeably slippery. Recently installed stairs to the summit make the going easier.
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Land Manager: Eugene, OR Parks and Open Space