Yesterday Zach and I woke up at about 9:00, got ready and drove about 10 miles to Spencer’s Butte for a peaceful Saturday morning hike. Being that it was the first nice Saturday of the year, there were SO many people hiking today.
We made the mistake though of taking the trail to the left, which was more like rock climbing. The path we chose was about 0.6 miles but most of it was straight up, with hardly a path to stay on. I am definitely not someone who is in shape so we were instantly regretting taking this trail, but once we got to the top it was so worth it.
If you are like us, and are too out of shape for a challenge, then there is also a less intensive trail, but it is about 1.1 miles to the top. There are also several other trails about 0.5 miles each that fork off from the main path. We took this less intensive path on the way back to the parking lot and that trail is not as steep, and a lot better worn, so that you aren’t trying to create your own like the one we took to the top.
It was quite a gorgeous day, even though the sky was a little bit hazy, but we were still able to see Autzen stadium, the snowy cascades in the distance, and Fern Ridge Reservoir.
We couldn’t resist goofing around and taking a “Titanic” style picture!
We cannot wait to go back later this spring when everything starts to get greener and the rhododendrons begin to bloom! For the first nice day of the year though this was such a perfect hike!
To get to Spencer’s Butte just head South on Willamette street for about 5 miles (from downtown) and it will be on the left.
Where should we explore next? Have you been to Spencer’s Butte? Share your photos with us in the comments down below!