Recreation & Trails
We’re Proud of Our Trails
Enhancing compatible recreation is as important as protecting and enhancing Mt. Pisgah’s native habitats. This begins with good trails. A good network of trails can take visitors through a variety of habitats to awe-inspiring vistas while minimizing impacts on the nature and wildlife we enjoy.
Mt. Pisgah offers 17 miles of trails for hikers, trail runners, equestrians and other outdoor enthusiasts. About 500,000 people visit the park annually. Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah works with Lane County Parks to design, build and maintain trails at Buford Park.
FRIENDS-MAINTAINED TRAIL MAPS (Elevation Profiles)
Ever come across someone shoveling gravel to smooth the trail or cutting back brush to clear your path as you hike at Pisgah? Chances are, that’s one of our volunteers or staff! Together, we’ve been hard at work upgrading and maintaining the entire North Trailhead network (trails #7, #30 and portions of #3, #4, and #17); developing the South Meadow Trail featuring a memorial bench and a wildlife viewing blind overlooking newly created wetlands; and helping construct a new equestrian trail #38 from the Horse Arena.
But we aren’t stopping there! With financial and volunteer support from the community, we’re bringing portions of the East Trailhead network up to that same high-quality, all-season condition. In the summer of 2016, we transformed more than a mile of trail #4 from a mucky flow to a water-shedding dream; we’re working on the remaining segments over the winters of 2016/17 and 2017/18. Meanwhile, planning efforts are underway for reconstructing the muddy stretch of trail #5 from the boundary of the Mount Pisgah Arboretum to Buckbrush Creek.
REI & Friends
Eugene’s local REI store is a key partner in these trail improvement projects, providing cash grants and employee labor in an effective partnership that makes Mt. Pisgah an even greater place to get outdoors. For example, in September 2010, the REI store in Eugene was severely damaged by a fire. While the building was under repair, store manager Dean Meer and REI employees turned their energy toward helping the Friends build a new trail in Buford Park’s newly restored South Meadow floodplain. Click to see a short video of REI & the Friends in action building the South Meadow Trail.
“REI values our partnership with Friends of Buford Park and their commitment to engaging volunteers in outdoor stewardship to protect local public lands. We are thrilled to be playing a role in the trail improvements and restoration efforts at the Howard Buford Recreation Area. Thank you, Friends of Buford Park, for all of your great work to protect public lands and enhance local outdoor recreation opportunities” – REI Eugene Store.
You Can Help!
Trail-building and maintenance work parties are scheduled on the second Saturday of the month during the rainy season, typically October – April or May. These work parties are weather dependent; an RSVP is required so that we can contact volunteers in case the work party is postponed. Check the calendar or see the volunteer page for more opportunities.