While there is a Mt. Pisgah near Eugene Oregon, with plenty of trails – we insisted on walking the arboretum at the base of the 1,531′ Mt Pisgah. (Visit Lane County Park site for information on hill trails.)
We studied the flower pictures and then went to look for them in the 209 acre arboretum. The trails are mostly flat and wide with some bridges and steps.
Trails are marked with type of area like ‘meadow.’
We opted for ‘wetland’ after skirting the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. (Riverbank Trail. Map.)
Part of the wetland has a lily pond. Part of area has a willow walls and cover for bird watching. We had the arboretum almost to ourselves on a Tuesday morning. Except for the birdwatchers.
We crossed a bridge, before searching for the incense cedars.
We ended our walk at a building ready for arriving school children – and available for rental for weddings or other events.
Oh about the flowers. We saw: yarrow, cow parsnip, manroot, false solomon seal, salal, columbine, flax, brodiaea, ocean spray, – er and a bunch of trees. (Plant list.) Everywhere in this part of Oregon the dogwoods were in full bloom – as if the trees were frosted.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum 34901 Frank Parrish Road, Eugene OR Part of the Howard Buford Recreation Area. Hours are dawn to dusk. Not additional cost for arboretum, but parking cost for county park is $4/vehicle. Dogs on leash.
See you on the trail!
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn and Mike Millar