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.
Spring 2016 Spence Mountain Trail update
The Spence Trail is now a full 10 mile loop of single track hiking, running and biking adventure. It’s amazing and headed up by a massive trail head kiosk to welcome all visitors. Make a plan to come see it today and stay tuned for more new trail coming this fall.
Fall 2015 Spence Mountain Trail update
We are super excited about a recently completed master plan for Spence Mountain.
Earlier this year (2015) Paul Thomasberg, from Dirt Mechanics, spent several days scouting the entire tract to come up with a new plan. Paul has more than 20 years experience designing and building trails in the Bend area so we are very fortunate to have his expertise.
Future phases call for a wider variety of trail difficulty levels. They would range from easy, or green circle, for beginners to more difficult, or black diamond, for those who want more adventure. The long-term plan calls for more than 50 miles of trail in a variety of classes (classic, flow and converted double track).
Visitors to Spence Mountain may notice new gravel on the parking lot trailhead. The next step will be asphalting the approach. Highway signage will come in late 2015 or 2016.
Workers installed the kiosk foundation and will construct the kiosk itself later this fall 2015.
Dry conditions are delaying immediate trail building by Dirt Mechanics. As soon as we get some moisture, they’ll start work.
The plan is to continue the Spence Mountain Trail (south ridge) to Spence Mountain, build up north ridge and then circle back to Hooligan and connect to lower Hooligan. The entire loop will be about 12 to 13 miles.
You can get involved with this amazing project today by donating directly to the Spence Mountain Fund.
Spring 2015 Spence Mountain Trail update
Two more miles of trail are ready to explore at Spence! The newest section of trail parallels Highway 140 and is best for a downhill route. A 6.5-mile loop is possible by going counter-clockwise.
Here is your guide to that route:
- The first 2.7 miles of trail (completed last year) gradually climbs up the east side (or lake side) of Spence.
- This trail ends on a logging road where you take a left, then proceed on a flat-to-downhill road for 1.5 miles.
- Look for trail flagging on a tree and rocks piled by the entrance around the 4.2-mile mark. Then take a left downhill on an overgrown logging road for a third of a mile. You will see some pin flags in this section where the new trail will continue this fall.
- At the 4.5-mile mark the newest section of trail begins and descends for two miles back to the trail head.
Get out there and enjoy!
2014 Spence Mountain Trail Campaign Success
The Klamath Trails Alliance end of the year fundraising campaign for Spence Mountain was a huge success! Thanks to local sponsor EcoSolar and Electric, who kicked off the campaign with an $8,000 match, we raised $24,237 in just over a month. Notable businesses and public entities that helped the effort include Linkville Lopers, Great Basin Insurance, Windermere Real Estate, Isler of Klamath Falls, Rodeo’s Pizza, Hutch’s Bicycles, Tucker, Tucker & Gailis Dental Group, Jeld-Wen Foundation, Sky Lakes Foundation as well as 53 other generous donors. KTA is excited about the great community support and plan to build more awesome trails at Spence Mountain this summer!
This 2014 accomplishment will jump start our professional trail build in the spring and because more money means more miles we’re going to keep the fundraising campaign open. This rally of support shows Klamath Falls wants and needs more recreational trail facilities so let’s keep it going!
See the Spence photo archive page for a little reminiscin’.