Moving You Out of the Mud from the North Trailhead
Trail #3 Realignment Complete
Buford Park, outside of the Arboretum, has 17 miles of trails through a variety of terrain to connect people and nature. The Friends are working systematically to improve this important trail network, starting with trails originating from the North Trailhead.
In 2010, the Friends adopted part of Trail #3 from the North Trailhead to its junction with the Summit Trail #1. This part of the trail traverses open savanna, crosses through a thick fir forest, and, until recently, passed through rare wet prairie that resulted in a hazardous, slippery, stretch of muck that was impossible to avoid.
In 2011, Lane County Parks approved the Friends’ carefully considered plan to relocate a ¼-mile segment of Trail #3 out of the wet prairie to a higher, drier slope. With funding and support from REI, volunteers spent 1000 hours constructing the trail bed and placing the tons of rock needed to support horses and hikers. This new segment was completed in June 2012.
“Shifting this segment up slope has improved the safety of the trail, enhanced the recreational experience, and protected fragile habitat,” says FBP Trails Committee chair Jim Nelson, a volunteer leader on the project. Horse riders and hikers agree, it’s much better now! See the difference for yourself!
Trail #4 Realignment
Starting Fall 2012, the Friends will relocate a dangerous, badly-eroded section of Trail #4 (view plan). We hope to complete this project by Fall 2013 and we need your help! Email us about getting involved, see the volunteer page, or check the calendar to get involved.
Trail #7 gets a boost
Taking the right fork from the North Trailhead (see map insert above) puts you on Trail #7 (built by the Friends in 1997) which offers some lovely views of the Seavey Loop farms. You might notice this rock retaining wall between the first two switchbacks on the trail. In 2011, the Friends built this wall from native stone to help stabilize an oak tree at the edge of the trail and reduce erosion caused by hikers cutting through the switchbacks. Just another example of how the Friends help people and nature thrive at Mt. Pisgah. Email the volunteer coordinator, see the Volunteer page, or check the calendar to get involved.