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Spencer's Butte Weekly Sunset Hike 05/07/2014

Sunset - 8:22 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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  • Monica O.

    Thanks Dan. I know people bring dogs all the time (I hike up the Butte all the time with my dogs off leash) but I need to know what Matthew thinks. DIfferent hike leaders have different rules and I need to know if he would feel comfortable having a dog off leash on the way down. Maybe next week. The weather should be really nice.

    1 · May 7, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Monica, I don't have problems with dogs. I know I sometimes do hikes with my other group where I don't allow dogs. That is more due to there being a rule of no dogs allowed by the Forest Service. Also, sometimes I feel there shouldn't be dogs on certain trails. I personally wouldn't take a dog on a wildflower hike. As I feel the dogs would just trample through the wildflowers that others are there to enjoy. Spencer Butte is a great area for dogs. Like Bill said, keep an eye on your dog, the poison oak, and bring a leash if needed. Hope to see you on a hike with the groups soon.

      May 11, 2014

  • Bill B

    Monica, I'm actually the disorganizer for this hike, and I love to have dogs along. Their enthusiasm is infectious.

    There's some poison oak sprouting up there, and dogs tend to brush through it. Just try to keep your dog from brushing against people who are worried about getting poison oak.

    Off leash is fine if the dog can handle it, but please bring a leash in case it's needed.

    May 7, 2014

  • Chris

    Gosh darn it all I forgot and I can't turn around now. Even if I could I'd be way too late. :-{. I'm not giving up yet though. There is next week.
    Have a great hike guys, should be pretty cool with the rain building.

    May 7, 2014

  • Donna

    I would love to meet up for this hike next week!

    May 7, 2014

  • Dan

    I'm going to leave a little early. See you guys on top!

    May 7, 2014

  • Dan

    I see dogs with other people, so I far as I know it's not a problem.

    May 7, 2014

  • Monica O.

    I am considering meeting up with you -- are dogs allowed and if so do they have to be on a leash? I walk up there all the time with my dog and she sticks with me when off leash.

    May 7, 2014

  • Bill B

    I have another commitment Wednesday, sorry.

    May 5, 2014

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