Over the past three years of living in Eugene, I have been able to discover some pretty cool hikes. I love sharing places to go because it makes the outdoors more accessible for everyone.
So below is a list of my favorite hikes in and around Eugene. Some I put because they are easily accessible for people around Eugene and the others are just nice hikes near Eugene.
Every term, I go to fall creek at least three or times. It is usually never crowded during the week and I only see around one or two other people every time. It is a peaceful getaway that is close to Eugene. There are multiple hikes in the area, some have been closed for fire damage. I usually do the Fall Creek Trail. I know currently there are a lot of fallen trees on the trail but normally it is a very nice trail.
The view from the top of Mt. Fuji is spectacular. It can be relatively easy hike depending on where you start. There is a 360 view of the surroundings at the top. You can see Waldo Lake, Odell Lake, and many peaks around. The hikes can range from around 15 miles to three and a half, depending where you chose to start. When I hiked Mt. Fuji, I met the women who runs Hike Oregon. She has great content on hikes in Oregon and ones near Eugene.
Mt. Pisgah is a 15 minute drive from Eugene and has a large amount of hiking for being so close to Eugene. You can hike to the peak or do a more relaxed hike near the bottom. There is a lot of birds throughout Mt. Pisgah and sometimes dears. Getting out to Mt. Pisgah early in the morning is a great choice because not many people are out and it is good hike to do before school.
Last year, I hiked around Waldo and it was great and relaxing. No one was there and my friends and I swam in the freezing cold water. However, I went back two weeks later and there was a disturbing amount of mosquitoes. Luckily, I keep bug spray in my car. Even with bug spray I got a couple bits. My mother chose not to wear bug spray on her face and she got about twenty mosquito bites on her face. To hike around the whole lake is 20 miles. Many people chose to backpack around the lake. They will hike about ten miles one day and camp out and finish it the next. This would be a great way to start backpacking. The hike is very flat and easily done by people with no hiking experience, if they hike and turn back. Usually, I hike a certain amount and then turn back. Also, Waldo Lake is a great lake for kayaking and paddle boarding.
Yoran Lake Trail
This past weekend, I went out to Odell Lake and tried to do the Yoran Lake Trail. It is a relatively easy hike but I did not make it that far. Odell Lake received over 26 inches of snow this season at the base. This is a large amount of snow for Odell Lake. So as I tired to hike the Yoran Lake Trail it was covered in snow. I made it around 3 miles according to my GPS watch but I turned around because it was impossible to see the trail. I added this to the list because I really enjoyed the hike and I am going to do it when more of the snow melts.
Umpqua National Forest
Here is a I made to a story map about these hikes. I also included a couple more that I like in the map.