Spence Mountain

I headed back to Klamath Falls area today to hike Spence Mountain for the first time. This trail system is multi-purpose, so it feels like you’re hiking on a mountain bike trail. I was a bit concerned when I first got to the trailhead that it was going to be too muddy because I didn’t want to destroy the trail, but in the end, the ground was cold enough in most parts for it to be OK.


Upper Klamath Lake through the trees


Since I started at the Spence Mountain trailhead (not the newer Shoalwater Bay one) my only option really was to go up South Ridge trail and make a loop with Hooligan trail to get back to my car. On the way, I took a short detour on the summit trail, but I don’t think I got to the true summit.



The overlook point had some great views of the Crater Rim and Shoalwater Bay Marsh



I love it when the trunk of a tree living on an incline is all disfigured, yet the tree lives on


I didn’t really know about the presence of the really cool, kinda frozen, jigsaw-puzzle-lookin’ marsh right beside Spence Mountain, so when I got back to my car after a 10-mile loop, I drove down Eagle Ridge road to see the  marsh up close. My timing was just right that the sun was refracting through the clouds and created sundogs on both sides. The one above Pelican Butte was a bit more distinct, and it made for some cool sights to end off my day.


I’m excited that they are making more trails in the Spence Mountain area. I’ll have to come back in the spring or summer when they finish the ones above the marshes.

If you’re interested in the stats and map for this hike, here they are:

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10.14 mi, 1604 ft elevation gain, 4 hrs 11 mins

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