Spencer Butte - Hike near Eugene, Oregon
Spencer Butte, 85385 S Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405, USA,Eugene,Oregon
43.9831449, -123.0957613
4.8 miles S of Eugene, Oregon
Address: Spencer Butte, 85385 S Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97405, USA
GPS: 43°58'59.3"N 123°5'44.7"W
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State: Oregon


In need of a nearby hiking fix? Spencer Butte is the perfect place to get away from the city of Eugene and into the forest. Spencer Butte is a prominent landmark in Lane County, Oregon. It is considered Eugene's "backyard hike" because of how close and central it is. Walking through tall douglas firs and the maple trees, you will feel far from civilization - at least until you reach the summit. From the summit, you can see the city of Eugene below. This is a great location to watch the sunrise or sunset.

There are many different trails to take at Spencer Butte but most of them interconnect. Most of these are loop trails. The trails range from easy to moderate and are considered family friendly. Many locals use these trails for morning hikes or trail running.

When the weather is nice Spencer Butte can get pretty crowded, but it is also a nice hike in rainy weather. Just be careful because it can get fairly muddy.

NOTE: Watch out for poison oak and rattlesnakes.

Round trip: about 2 hours - it depends on which trailhead you start at, but expect about an hour to the top of the summit and an hour down.

Elevation gain: about 721 feet

2.7K Written by katelocke

Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors


From Eugene, Oregon

  1. Head north toward Coburg Rd (249 ft)
  2. Merge onto Coburg Rd (0.2 mi)
  3. Turn right onto E 4th Ave (0.3 mi)
  4. Turn left onto Pearl St (1.2 mi)
  5. Continue onto Amazon Pkwy (0.6 mi)
  6. Continue straight (180 ft)
  7. Turn right onto E 27th Ave (0.1 mi)
  8. Turn left onto Willamette St (3.4 mi)
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7/14/17 11:55 am
This is a beautiful and easy hike or walk! You feel like you're in the woods but you're so close to the city of Eugene! The only downside is that it can get a bit crowded depending on when you go. Fantastic views from the top of the summit!
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