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Spring Break Self Guided Trips! - Spencer's Butte

Monday, March 29, 2021


Spring Break Self Guided Trips! - Spencer's Butte

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Looking for a stress-free adventure around town? The Outdoor Program in part of UO Wellness Week is encouraging all students to explore local and stay local to keep your campus community safe. Below is a fun, stress-free, and adventurous walk/hike you can do in Eugene and around the Campus area. 



Level 2 |2 miles roundtrip |↗ 1,000ft




Located on Kalapuya tribal land, the butte was originally named Champ-a te, which translates to a rattlesnake. Although the origins of its current name are unknown, it is speculated that the butte references a Hudson Bay Company worker who arrived in the Willamette Valley in the early 1800s. With multiple trails to the summit, there are a variety of distance and difficulty options, laid out on a map at the trailhead. Enjoy sweeping views of the Willamette Valley from the summit as a well-earned reward!




If you are looking for a well-maintained system of trails with a wide variety of distance and difficulty options, Spencer's Butte is a great option. 360-degree views of the valley make Spencer's Butte a perfect spot at sunset, sunrise, and anytime in between the butte is a 20-minute drive or an hour-long bus ride from campus. There are multiple trailheads, with the primary access point featured below. When driving from campus on Willamette St, it will be the second trailhead on your left.


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