Spencer's Butte Weekly Sunset Hike - 3/20/2013

Sunset - 7:24 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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  • Nicole F.

    is this a mild hike? i'm coming off a surgery for a broken clavicle 2 weeks ago.

    March 18, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      It is just over a mile to the top, and gains 800' of elevation. Most of that gain is near the top, where you will have to traverse some medium sized rocks and roots. There is a well established path the whole way to the top. If you have never hiked up the butte before, it can be challenging, but the views from the top are so worth it.

      March 19, 2013

    • Cathie O.

      Nicole, you can see in the pics the rocky parts I was talking about; not sure if you went, and one of those in the pics is you or not (looking on phone, so everybody's tiiiiiny...). Thanks Matt, those are good pics, that show what the hike is like. Wonder if there's a way to link them to each week's hike, so anybody who hasn't been, could get an idea. I know they would have helped me, before I'd gone up the first time.

      March 23, 2013

  • Lou B.

    A bit cold , a bit of rain , a bit of hail , and yes even a bit of snow too~~~~ covered my shirt a bit- to turn It white a bit.
    Good group , thankyou all.

    1 · March 20, 2013

    • Cathie O.

      I'm in awe, Lou!! Thought of you guys, as I saw the weather down HERE, from inside my nice warm house... *Grin*

      March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to be a weather wuss and stay home....maybe next time!

    March 20, 2013

  • Kenny

    I am a new addition, but it appears the weather is not cooperating....might have to cancel.

    March 20, 2013

  • Roberta C

    I have decided to opt out for this evening due to the heavy rains and steep trail. I will see everyone next Wednesday.

    March 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is it ok to bring a dog or two on a leash? I have not been on this hike, looking to get more active and this is close, soooo...

    March 19, 2013

    • Cathie O.

      Dogs are fine. Technically supposed to be on leash, but see many off leash. Clean up after them, of course...

      March 19, 2013

    • Matthew H.

      Also, remember to bring a flashlight or headlamp for the hike down.

      March 19, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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