Had a calendar snafu last minute and a constraint popped in so travel wasn’t possible, and my hiking buddy had a leaky irrigation system … so Spencer Butte worked again, beautifully!

The objective for the hike was to ascend Spencer as many times as possible and reach Baldy top too … all done, home, showered and ready by 2pm for contractors in the house.

The first 2 miles were without another human being, and for the first couple of hours only a hand-full. Uncommon birds were not seen, but heard. 2 great horned owls, 1 barred owl, and 1 sharp-shinned hawk. The trail was muddier than expected, but still trail-runner friendly.

The day started completely in the clouds and fog

Eventually things started to clear out …

The light was great, and the forest was greener than it has been … just exploding with green leaves – it only made the non-green stand out so much more.

By the end of the day … cotton ball clouds were everywhere

The plan was to ascend 3x quickly with little recovery time the first up / down – like a bounce.

All Trails Factoids
Distance: 14.61 miles | Elevation Gain: 3,602 ft | Avg Pace 21:50 / miles — Recording

Gear TypeFor this Hike
PackNorthFace ION 20L
ShoesTOPO Trailrunners
Top LayersBaselayer LS
Bottom LayerREI Sahara convertible pants
SocksDual layer REI Poly liner + REI lightweight Merino wool
WaterBladder 2 L – drank it all; 14oz nalgene (left at home – mistake!)
Supporting toolsNo Trekking pole
No Gaiters
No toe callous bumpers – emergency only

1 Comment

  1. How often do you have to replace your shoes??? Take it easy young man. Love, Mom

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