Spencer Butte Main Trail
ElevationAscent: 732' 223 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 2,037' 621 m
Low: 1,309' 399 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“The main route to the top of Spencer Butte”— Eric Ashley
From the Spencer Butte Trailhead, the trail climbs gently into a peaceful forest of Douglas firs with the occasional clearing. A little over a half mile in, the trail intersects with the Ridgeline Trail: Junction to Spencer Butte Main Trail. From this point, the trail veers left and begins climbing the southern flank of Spencer Butte.
After a series of switchbacks, the trail exits from under the tree cover into an area that used to involve a rocky scramble. However, recent improvements have transformed this once-challenging section into impressive sets of stairs that make for much easier going.
Once you've reached the rocky summit, you'll easily understand why this local favorite is so popular. Sit back and enjoy the great views of Eugene and the Willamette Valley that surround you on all sides.
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Land Manager: Eugene, OR Parks and Open Space