Spencer Butte

September 2, 2004

Before the hike began, I arranged to leave my car at the Fox Hollow Parking Lot. At 8:30 a.m. four of us started hiking up a steep, primitive trail at the end of West Amazon near Pearl Buck Center. It seemed amazing to be so quickly be in such a lush forest. There are lots of side trails but I am sure we took the best one to intersect with the lower Ridgeline Trail near the Fox Hollow Parking Lot. From there we hiked on up to Spencer Butte, elevation 2062 feet. We were at the top by 11:00 where we ate lunch. We felt fortunate to have cool weather with just a few sprinkles of rain. We were back at the Fox Hollow Parking Lot and the shuttle car around 12:20. At the top, we visited with Larry Wilson, a retired Forest Service trail engineer, who told us he had been asked to come up with a better trail design at the top. He commented that it is hard to break people’s hiking patterns. Everyone seems to want to go straight down the hill. He also said the bid was going out in a few weeks for the Amazon connector trail. This would be a great improvement.

Margot Fetz, Dick Hildreth, Barb Revere, and Janet Jacobsen, leader.

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