The Eugene area features some of the most scenic hiking spots in the Pacific Northwest. With plenty of greenery, flowing rivers, rushing waterfalls, and significant inclines, the wilderness outside Eugene is waiting to be explored.
Start with Blue Pool (or Tamolitch), a crystal clear pool along the McKenzie River that produces vivid color. Follow the McKenzie River Scenic Byway, pass some nostalgic covered bridges, and begin the four-mile hike. Nearby trails feature picture-perfect Oregon waterfalls and dense forests that form along the base of the Cascades.
Spencer’s Butte is another necessary Eugene hiking spot. A favorite outdoor adventure for University of Oregon students, Spencer’s Butte provides a panoramic view of the Willamette Valley. With trails ranging from moderate to difficult, this short hike will satisfy your desire to trek. Plus, it’s just a short drive from the city.
Just a few miles away from University of Oregon’s campus lies Mount Pisgah, a scenic, tree-filled area that contains ample hiking trails and views of the city. Take a short drive and explore the nature opportunities that the arboretum provides.
Drive a bit further (30 miles) southeast from campus and you’ll find the trailhead to Eula Ridge, a steep hike that takes adventurers through eight miles of lush forest and climbs over 3,000 feet. This pet-friendly hike will push physical limits, but the experience is second to none.
Of course, there are dozens of other hiking trails around the Eugene area. Explore them all and experience the natural beauty that the Willamette Valley has to offer. Enjoy the adventure.