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Spence Mountain Loop - South Ridge to Hooligan

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.4 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

The main Spence Mountain trail system loop featuring a gradual climb with great views and a fast, flowing descent.


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Map Key

9.7

Miles

15.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

5,733' 1,748 m

High

4,332' 1,320 m

Low

1,430' 436 m

Up

1,430' 436 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

Currently, the main loop at the Spence Mountain Trail system: South Ridge Trail to Upper Hooligan Trail and Lower Hooligan Trail.

Need to Know

Navigation is straightforward and there are signs at most intersections. If you're heading back to Klamath after your ride, make sure to stop at Rodeos Pizza and Saladeria for the best pie and beer in town. More trails are currently being built within this system. A black diamond trail will be completed early in the summer of 2017.

Description

Begin this ride with an easy, gradual climb on South Ridge Trail to the Summit Spur of Spence Mountain. At Junction 2 and the Summit Spur, continue to the right toward Junction 3. Here the trail turns left onto Upper Hooligan Trail.

This is a great loop that showcases some of the best singletrack in southern Oregon. RiderS are rewarded with fantastic views of Upper Klamath Lake, Mount Shasta, and the Mountain Lakes Wilderness and a phenomenal flowy descent.

The trails were professionally built by Dirt Mechanics as part of a cooperative partnership between Klamath Trails Alliance, Dirt Mechanics, and the property owner.

History & Background

If you like the trails, like Klamath Trails Alliance and Dirt Mechanics on Facebook. Donate to Klamath Trails Alliance and consider volunteering at one of their trail maintenance work days. Visit Klamath Trails Alliance online here.

Klamath Trails Alliance has worked tirelessly to provide great singletrack in the Klamath Falls area, so please respect other trail users and the land that the trails are constructed on.

Contacts

Shared By:

Charlie Erdman

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 9 votes

#1452

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  4.4 from 9 votes
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Photos

Beautiful views about from the ridge of the Spence Mountain Trail.
Nov 16, 2015 near Klamath…, OR
Spence Mtn Loop view point.  Great trails and vistas.
Jun 21, 2020 near Klamath…, OR
Get the views of the lake in early, some tough climbing awaits afterward!
May 22, 2019 near Klamath…, OR
Some of why this trail has a black diamond rating
Jun 21, 2020 near Klamath…, OR
More reason for the black diamond rating on South Ridge Trail
Jun 21, 2020 near Klamath…, OR

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Sep 18, 2019
Aaron McGarity
Awesome trail! — 1h 47m
Jul 17, 2019
Dawnelle Garcia
Jul 24, 2018
Paul Maciel
9.4mi
May 27, 2018
Aaron Croft
Mar 29, 2018
Hesh Fried
Really dry for the first 2.5 miles of the climb up south ridge. The next 1.5 miles is mostly dry with patchy mud and a few snow spots. Last mile snowy 10mi
Oct 8, 2017
Jack Moore
Aug 14, 2017
Krista Stearns
Dry; lizards; nice five mile climb
Jun 15, 2017
Justin Kelly