Spencer's Butte Weekly Sunset Hike 01/08/2014

Sunset - 4:51 p.m.

To keep the group going, I've decided to set up a regular Spencer's Butte Sunset Hike every week on Wednesday evening.

Each hike will officially leave about one hour before sunset, although you can start earlier or later and join the group at the top. I'm not going to cancel any hikes regardless of the weather. If you go on all of these, you'll be in shape before you know it! Don't wait for me or anyone else at the parking lot unless you want to. Just leave at the designated time and we'll all meet at the top. (Note: don't go alone unless you know the trail well.)

We'll take the main trail, so go straight ahead from the parking lot (don't take the trail on the left). Walk 1/2 mile and stay left at the trail junction. Then it's 1/2 mile to the top, with 800 feet elevation gain. It gets rocky near the top, so look for 3" round metal trail markers attached to the rocks.

Civil twilight, bright enough to see, only lasts about 30 minutes after sunset. So be sure to bring a headlamp or a flashlight, since we'll be walking the last part in the dark. For safety, please walk with at least one other person, and bring your cell phone. If you're the second to the last person, make sure the last person isn't left behind!

Getting together after the hike at a restaurant or bar is highly encouraged. See you this Wednesday.

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  • Sarah F

    It looks like I am going to miss the hike today : (

    January 8, 2014

  • James s.

    I'd like to go but since I just moved here I have no idea what this hikes like...anyone want to meet me at the trailhead?

    January 7, 2014

    • Eliza

      I've never been either... would love to join you guys

      January 8, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      The whole group meets in the parking lot and then hikes up together. The trail starts at the stairs and is very well marked. It has a few steep sections, and another section that has several large rocks and some roots, but is quite passable. Bring a headlamp for the hike back down after sunset.

      January 8, 2014

  • Bill B

    Look for me in a silver Nissan Xterra in the parking lot center. Try to be a little early, since we don't wait after the start time. I wouldn't call it an easy hike. There's some rock hopping near the top, and a 900 foot elevation gain. It's a good workout, but only 1.2 miles each way.

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Sarah F

      Thanks for clarifying : )

      January 7, 2014

  • Lou B.

    Ifi at this moment depends on when I get my truck back from the Mech.

    1 · January 7, 2014

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