Spencer Butte Trailhead

Eugene, OR
Length: 2.20 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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It’s time for a summit, adventurers. We’re taking on one of the rockiest outcrops in the Willamette Valley. Flowers squirt from the rocks from almost no soil. It’s a special place! Take the main trail on the right from the parking lot, avoiding the rougher West Summit Trail. Light will dapple throughout the trees as you cross streams and

wooden bridges and gain elevation. Power up at the fork in the trail where you stay to the left toward the summit, at the bottom of the stone stairs, and of course when you reach the epic summit and take in the views all around Eugene. Revel in summiting a butte and then come back the way you came.
To learn more about this trail check out the book 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington
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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 735 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights


Hike time + explore 2 hours

Difficulty Challenging—a short summit, but it still pushes up 700 feet of good trail; take a couple of power-up stops and you’ve got it

Season Year-round; great spring and summer wildflower shows, and you may want a clear day for those summit views

Find a scavenger hunt and more with trail guide 50 Hikes with Kids: Oregon and Washington (

Incense cedar cones, stairways, views, lichen, virgin douglas-fir forest, and more! Watch out for rattlesnakes in the rocks in the warmer months.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Get there From Exit 189 off I-5, take 30th Avenue for about 7 miles. Turn left on Hilyard, take a quick right on 33rd Avenue, and then a quick left on Willamette Street to the large signed parking lot, no fee and restrooms right by the trailhead.

Trail Contributor

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Wendy Gorton holds a master’s degree in learning technologies and is a former classroom teacher. She worked as a National Geographic Fellow in Australia researching Tasmanian devils, a PolarTREC teacher researcher in archaeology in Alaska, an Earthwatch teacher fellow in the Bahamas and New Orleans, and a GoNorth! teacher explorer studying climate change via dogsled in Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Today, she is a global education consultant who has traveled to more than fifty countries to design programs, build communities, and train other educators to do the same.

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