With tons of hiking around Eugene, there is a lot of diversity from low to high, easy or hard, long or short..pick your hike for the day and get going! Here are a few of the easier access trails around Eugene, some minutes away but all within a hour.
1. Ruth Bascom Riverbank Trail
This is a very well developed trail, with almost 15 miles that’s perfect for walkers, runners, and bikers. It traces the Willamette River and connects Eugene to Springfield, giving great views along the way, and lots of places to stop and explore.
2. Spencer Butte
This is one of the most popular (for good reason!) and is well maintained by volunteer groups. It is a quick mile going up 700 feet and will afford wonderful views of Eugene, Springfield, the Coastal Range, and the Cascades. There are route options to change it up, but the view will never disappoint!
3. Mount Pisgah
This one sports a 1.5 mile climb up to the top for a good workout, but there are additional trails to explore on the mountain too. Mt.Pisgah Arboretum is a separate network with easy to moderate trails that lead through groves and wetlands.
4. Ridgeline Trail
Meandering through the hills of Eugene, it’s very easy to access from many trailheads, and has a good range of hiking, from easy to hard, open to forested. This has something for everyone!
5. Brice Creek
Gorgeous trail through old growth forest along side a creek. It doesn’t get much better than this. Extend your hike to Upper Trestle Creek Falls while you’re there.
6. Fall Creek
Like Brice Creek, this is a beautiful hike in the summer, though it’s great in the spring and fall also. It has easy road access.
7. Eula Ridge
This is a bit of a workout, gaining over 3300 feet in just over 3 miles. The forest walk is worth it, and the trailhead is easy access.
8. Goodman Creek
Shared use trail that is fun for everyone. This can extend to Eagle’s Rest. Great workout!
9. Eagle’s rest
This stretch is accessible year round, and extends the lush forest of Goodman Creek. With views and a shelter, this is a very scenic walk.
10. Alsea Falls
Any options allow for a short hike or a full day to explore. Great for families, as it has restroom and picnic facilities, and lots of falls to enjoy.