My favorite hike (so far) in Eugene is Spencer Butte. I normally do the up-and-back, but this time I decided to to the loop. I haven’t been on the “difficult” side in a long time, why not do it this time?
At the beginning of the trail, there’s a nice clearing to have a picnic at or wait for others to hike.
On my way up, I took the trail I have many times before. It’s very well maintained and well trafficked.
Furry trees! These trees made me snicker just a little… the moss makes them look furry! And perhaps my poor eyesight?..
Through the fog there were hints of blue skies. Mostly it was foggy though.
In the summer, the landscape is literally choked with vegetation. It was weird to see it look empty.
More fog… Between the fog and the lack of bushes/greenery, it actually felt like a new hike for me!
The top! Normally, you can see for miles, and part of the city.
The fog/clouds were gently blowing around up here. It felt great until I cooled off (quickly). Then I figured I should be on my way.
Some sort of trail markers on the difficult side… I saw a couple of these, but I’m glad I didn’t have to depend on them to find my way!
Oh look, the trail. What?? I had forgotten how weird this side of the Butte is! I got my AllTrails map out more than once to make sure I was going the right way.
I found an actual trail, and was stoked.
It wasn’t raining, but it was still pretty wet.
More “trail.” Ha! This is where I reminded myself that it’s better to get my hands dirty than my butt. I didn’t want to fall!
Getting better, but still a little rough.
This is just pretty stuff.
Pretty moss… a true Oregonian appreciates moss, maybe? Lol
The trail gets a lot better, but is still rocky and rough. And much shorter.
I met a guy going up as I was on my way down. He ask, through pants, “Is the top (gasp) close?” I looked at him with a bit of pity , because he wasn’t even halfway there, and had not gotten to the bad parts. I showed him pictures of what to expect, and encouraged him as much as possible, without sounding like an overanxious mother… poor fella! But he kept going, and with a smile on his face! Good job, guy!
I look forward to doing the first side again, but I’ll probably avoid the difficult side on my next time here. Oh, I lost my AirPods case somewhere on this hike. I don’t normally wear them while hiking, but this is so well-trafficked, I did. Well, I guess I learned my lesson!
Distance: 1.95 miles, Elevation Gain: 744 ft