The Spence Mountain project involves a phased development of a trail system on a beautiful 7,400 acre parcel of land owned by JWTR. The property is only 15 miles from Klamath Falls offering easy access to our community. Trails will be designed for multipurpose uses to accommodate mountain bikers, hikers, trail runners and even cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Winter 2017 Spence Mountain Trail update
With the completion of Mazama and North Ridge trails in 2017, Spence Mountain currently has about 18 miles of trails available for mountain biking, walking, and running. These trails vary in difficulty from easy (Mazama Tr) to expert (North Ridge Tr). 2017 also saw the construction of the Shoalwater Bay Trailhead (see map below). Shoalwater Bay TH has room for more than 40 cars and is located off of Eagle Ridge Road on the North Side of Spence Mountain. A kiosk similar to the one at the South Ridge TH is slated to be built in 2018. Eagle Ridge Rd comes off of Hwy 140 at the bottom of the north side of Doak Mountain about 5 miles north of the TH at South Ridge. 2017 also saw the addition of new trails signs on the existing trails that will help with planning and navigation while you are at Spence.
Activites at Spence Mountain slow down in the winter due to snow and rain. Spence trails hold up better than Moore Park when wet, but they will get muddy as the moisture increases. Please stay off of muddy trails as they may be damaged in the process. That damage takes time and work to fix in the Spring. The trails are rideable or walkable when frozen although heavy snowfall may limit trail access (to all but skiing). The South Ridge Trailhead on Hwy 140 is not presently plowed and is not accessible when the snow gets deep. Thankfully, Eagle Ridge Rd is plowed by the county during the winter and this areas remains accessible for wintertime activities.
Spring 2018 Spence Mountain Trail Plans
We have big plans for trail building in the Spring at Spence Mountain. Dirt Mechanics is coming back in the Spring of 2018 to build an additional 10 miles of trails. These trails are mainly in the flatter central portion of the Spence land tract. There will be about 7 miles of easy trails and about 3 miles of intermediate trails built. The easy trails include Shoalwater, Old Eagle, and Modoc. These trails will provide additional routes those who don’t like their trails to be steep and rocky. Captain Jack will provide more difficulty for those that want it and will also connect North Ridge (Junction 5) to the central section of Spence. This connectivity will allow a larger variety of loops and lengths of rides for the trail system since the total mileage will increase to about 28 miles.