Hiking Project Logo

greenBlue Spencer Butte Main Trail

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 732' 223 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 2,037' 621 m
Low: 1,309' 399 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

Dogs

Leashed
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Eric Ashley

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Weather

Getting forecast...

Current trail conditions

Unknown See History

Popular hikes nearby

Hiked this trail?

Add details to help others plan their adventure.

The main route to the top of Spencer Butte

Eric Ashley

Features Views · Wildlife

The area is home to rattlesnakes and poison oak, so be sure to watch out for both.

Description

While this trail is not the shortest way to the top of Spencer Butte, the Spencer Butte Main Trail balances a direct approach with a more practical climb than what you'd find on the West Spencer Butte Summit Trail. In fact, the upper half of this trail is the most common route to the summit from each of the nearby trailheads.

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.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Aug 4, 2018
Adam Turman
Jun 1, 2018
Austin Dix
w/ Jake and Riley. Jake and I stopped to visit Riley on our drive out from Canada.

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 6 votes

#4690

Overall
  4.5 from 6 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#110

in Oregon

#4,690

Overall
44 Views Last Month
703 Since Oct 4, 2016
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

0%
60%
40%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking