Walking Mt. Pisgah Arboretum, Oregon

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.)

Mt. Pisgah flowers

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.

Mt Pisgah trail

Trails are marked with type of area like ‘meadow.’

Meadow with barn Mt. Pisgah

We opted for ‘wetland’ after skirting the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. (Riverbank Trail. Map.)

Backwater of river

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.

willow walk Mt PIsgah

Mt Pisgah wetland

We crossed a bridge, before searching for the incense cedars.

Mt Pisgah bridge

We ended our walk at a building ready for arriving school children – and available for rental for weddings or other events.

Mt Pisgah building

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.

m Mt Pisgah dogwood

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

m Lilac Mt Pisgah

 

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