The Ridgeline Trail traverses the southern end of Eugene with an almost connected 12 miles of trails through various parklands. It’s a great way to get out and explore right in town. The adventure can start at any one of eight trailheads with the main attraction being the rocky outcropping of Spencer Butte – the city’s highest point at just over 2,000 feet.
The trail is popular spot for hiking and trail running. It’s a great place to view wildlife – deer, birds and other small animals can be seen year round.
In 1937, F. M. Wilkins, the chairman of the Eugene Park Commission, summed the city's future up best when he remarked that “Eugene boys and girls will be climbing Spencer Butte fifty and one hundred years from today, to be inspired by looking over a city built out to the very foot of the Butte.” The land was originally purchased back in 1940, and it was almost 3 miles from the city limits. The Ridgeline Trail System has been cared for and treasured by the citizens of Eugene ever since.
This section of the Ridgeline Trail takes you over the summit of the West Ridgeline Trial at just under 1,300 feet. While there isn’t much of a view (too many trees), there are plenty of lush, beautiful plants and the occasional bird or animal to spot. The trail is mostly shaded and easy to follow. A few spurs lead out into nearby neighborhoods. For a longer hike, continue on the trail past Willamette Street and head up toward Spencer Butte for a beautiful view of Eugene and the surrounding valley. The parking area can hold about a dozen cars and is easy to find.
Trailheads (from west to east):