Summit of Spencer Butte, Eugene
Spencer Butte dominates the landscape of South Eugene. It forms a high butte because it is made of igneous rock, which is much more resistant to erosion than the surrounding sedimentary rock. It intruded about 30 million years ago as part of the Little Butte Volcanics and may have fed volcanic eruptions. Numerous other buttes in the area, including Skinner Butte on the north side of downtown, are similar shallow intrusions.
Spencer Butte provides a wonderful respite from the craziness of our busy lives. It's one of my favorite places. While the views and sunshine are pretty awesome at the top on nice days, it's lonely and wild up there when the clouds come in.
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