First hike of ’21 season – Spencer Butte ramble

For the first baseline hike of the ’21 season (the last ramble was 12-24-20), a quick Spencer Butte ramble fit the bill. Left the house before 07:00 on a coldish foggy day and was back home around noon. See All Trails factoids at end.

From the parking lot, the sun peaked out from the first hill crest.

Once at the top of the butte, a very common weather pattern with the clear weather up top and deep / thick fog down below.

All in all, it was a great first hike of the season. The wildlife was abundant. Uncommon bird sightings: Sharp-shinned Hawk and Barred Owls (2x but only 1 seen and the other heard) – no photos taken worth sharing of the birds.

All Trails Factoids

Distance: 9.9 miles | Elevation Gain: 2,513 ft | Avg Pace 21:55 / miles — Recording

Gear TypeFor this Hike
PackNorthFace ION 20L
ShoesColumbia Fabric Boots
Top LayersBaselayer + cotton L S + Fleece
Bottom LayerREI heavy hiking pants
SocksSingle layer REI Wool
WaterBladder 2 L (1 L drank)

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