Feeling in a rut? Â Roommates got you down? Â Too much studying and need to get away? Â Spencer’s Butte is a favorite destination for students, couples, even families to recharge and reconnect with nature.Â You’ve probably seen it if you’ve spent any time at all in downtown Eugene… it’s kind of hard to miss, after all.
You’llÂ be hard pressed to find a better spot to spend a day. Trust us, we’ve looked. You can typically expect to spend anywhere from 1-6 hours to reach Spencer Butte’s summit depending on which trail and pace you wish to take.
The Main Trail is a 700 foot climb over 1.08 miles, whereas the West Route is a 700 foot climb over 0.6 miles. How you decide to head up is up to you. Mountain bikes are not permitted but dogs are so bring your furry buddy with you just as long as you keep them on a leash.
If you’re thinking of taking up the trail consider these tips:
Don’t Leave Valuables in Your Car
Unless you’re in the market for a broken car window and a stolen iPhone avoid leaving valuables in the car.
Wear Hiking Boots
Sneakers won’t cut it, you need boots with a proper traction for hiking. Trails could be rendered slick by the weather and you’ll want the grip hiking boots provide.
Wear a Hat
After an hour or two in the sun you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t bring a hat with you. Shade’s always welcome when trekking uphill.
Always. Wear. Sunblock. Even if it’s overcast. Nothing worse than coming home peeling and raw from a big day out.
Use The Bathroom Before Heading Up the Trail
Yeah… nobody wants to have to deal with that halfway up the trail.
Bring Snakebite/Itchiness Kit
Pack a snakebite kit should the absolute worst happen, as well as something to deal with itchiness. And while we’re on the subject of itchiness…
Leaves of Three? Leave it Be
Be aware of the presence of Poison Oak throughout the hiking trail. We probably don’t need to say it but… don’t touch ’em.
Bring a refillable bottle of water with you to stay hydrated on the trail.
Hike In a Group
Not only is it more fun, it’s safer too! Help each other out and avoid perilous situations.
Leave The Area Better Than You Found It
Toss your trash in a bin! If you see someone else’s trash littered why not pick it up and toss it too? And of course do not damage the natural elements of the hike: trees, boulders, flowers, etc.
We mean it, the view up on Spencer Butte’s one of a kind. Take some pictures to brag the next time someone asks you how you spent your weekend.
photo credit: David and his new D5000 via photopin (license)