Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
730.00 ft (222.50 m)
Trail type
2.20 mi (3.54 km)
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Spencer Butte is Eugene’s popular backdoor hike. It isn't just a good walk in the woods, it is one of those hikes that adds to the quality of life for local residents. Because of this trail, a person in downtown Eugene can decide she wants a nature fix, climb the butte through a lush forest, and be looking down on her former position from the 2,054-foot summit in about an hour.

Several trails lead to the summit, including a nearby Ridgeline Trail and others that stretch to Fox Hollow Road or Blanton Road.  From the main parking lot there are two trails that lead to the summit: a main trail that is longer with a more gradual ascent and an alternative trail that is a steep and short ascent on the butte's west side. The main trail is a 2.5-mile round-trip hike, but ascending on the main trail and descending on the short and steep trail provides the greatest variety and is nearly the same distance.

Regardless of which route you choose, you will walk through a healthy forest of Douglas fir and maple trees that tower over fern covered slopes. This is a very popular hike year-round, so expect to share the views. New construction has resolved the route ambiguity near the summit, so be sure and stick to the established path. And do watch out for poison oak, which is ubiquitous at the summit.

On a clear day you may be able to see Mount Scott to the southeast, the Three Sisters and Broken Top to the east, Eugene to the north, and Fern Ridge Reservoir and the Coast Range to the west.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Close to Eugene. A dense and healthy forest. Great views.


Crowds. Poison oak in the summer. Soggy trail in the winter.

Trailhead Elevation

1,330.00 ft (405.38 m)


Bird watching
Big vistas


Nearby Lodging + Camping


A great spot to watch the sunset in Eugene.
Great views from the summit. Not a lot of flowering trees or plants yet, but saw some buds forming on plants, so the blossoms should come soon. Lots of people on the trail, even on a damp day, but there's plenty of space at the top to find your own seat to take in the views of Eugene and the Willamette Valley. Great little hike!
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