Exploring Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
Main Trailhead: West Trailhead, Mt. Pisgah Arboretum
Distance: 3 miles out-and-back
Level: Moderate (well-maintained trail but steep at times)
The arboretum is a part of the larger Howard-Buford Recreation Area and there is a myriad of trail combinations that you can create for longer routes through the park and the arboretum. The summit is definitely worth the climb, offering views of blue cascades for miles to see to the southeast. It is much different than Spencer Butte (another favorite hike in Eugene) but just as worth it.
The first half of the hike is steep. The second half is steep but not as steep. It’s a work-out to reach the top; smiles happened when a sign appeared stating that it was .1 miles until the summit. Note that there is very little shade on this hike. It’s best as an early morning or evening hike.
There is a neat metal sculpture at the top that points out in which direction landmarks are located. There are benches to sit and take in the views. It tends to be a little less crowded than Spencer Butte; however, Mt. Pisgah still receives plenty of traffic.
Mt. Pisgah is located south-east of Eugene off of I-5 (exit 189 towards 30th Ave). The North and West Trailhead are the most easily accessible. The east trailhead is located off of Ridgeway Road, accessible from Highway 58.
Please note there is a small fee to park at all of the trailheads.
There are a ton of other things to do here besides climb to the top of Mt. Pisgah.
The Mt. Pisgah Arboretum is a 209-acre living tree museum. There is a native plants nursery and seventeen total miles of hiking and equestrian trails along with discovery walks, bird walks and nature walks. It is also possible to volunteer at the Arboretum. You can work on maintaining the trails or play with plants in the nursery.
Every spring the Mt. Pisgah Arboretum hosts a Wildflower Festival; every autumn they host a Mushroom Festival.