Mount Pisgah Arboretum

AreaWillamette Valley
Best time to visitMid-April through May
Blooming NowYES
Elevation500-1516 feet
Trail InfoVarious easy trails in the Arboretum area
3 miles round-trip, 1000 feet elevation gain to the summit
 PLANT LIST AVAILABLE
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 ADDITIONAL PHOTOS
DogsAllowed, but must be kept on leash AT ALL TIMES.

NOTE: The blue marker indicates the trailhead.

Description

Located just east of Eugene in the Buford Park Recreation Area, Mount Pisgah and its Arboretum are a great place to view early spring wildflowers. The diversity of habitats (forest, riparian areas, meadows, and open hillsides) translates into a wide range of blooming species.

The annual Mount Pisgah Wildflower Festival, which is co-sponsored by the Native Plant Society of Oregon and Lane Community College, occurs this year on Sunday, May 20th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. In addition to extensive displays of Oregon's native and naturalized flowering plant species, there will be guided walks, children's activities, and food/craft vendors.

There are a number of very easy trails in the Arboretum area. Don't miss the easy Water Garden Trail for prime wildflower viewing. Some of the species that you can expect to see in the Arboretum include: Common Camas (Camassia quamash), Tall Larkspur (Delphinium trolliifolium), Hooker's Fairy Bells (Prosartes hookeri), Henderson's Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Western Sweet-Cicely (Osmorhiza occidentalis), Western Trillium (Trillium ovatum), Giant White Wakerobin (Trillium albidum), Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum), Pacific Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Stream Violet (Viola glabella), Western Meadowrue (Thalictrum occidentale), False Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum racemosum), Star-Flowered Solomon's-Seal (Maianthemum stellatum), and Pacific Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum tenuipes).

While the trail to the Mount Pisgah summit is more difficult, it is certainly worth the effort. Species which bloom along the trail and at the summit include: Western Buttercup (Ranunculus occidentalis), Oregon Iris (Iris tenax), Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus), Rose Checker-Mallow (Sidalcea malviflora ssp. virgata), Oregon Fawn Lily (Erythronium oregonum), Great Hound's-Tongue (Cynoglossum grande), Henderson's Shooting Star (Dodecatheon hendersonii), Spring Gold (Lomatium utriculatum), Oregon saxifrage (Saxifraga oregana), Large-flowered Nemophila (Nemophila menziesii), Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana), and Small-Flowered Prairie Star (Lithophragma parviflora).

Trail information can be found here (for the Arboretum) or here (for Mount Pisgah proper).

For more information, visit the Mount Pisgah Arboretum or Friends of Buford Park web sites.

Directions

From Eugene, take Interstate 5 south to Exit 189 (30th Avenue). Turn right at the end of the exit ramp and follow the frontage road for 0.6 miles to 30th Avenue. Turn left onto 30th Avenue, cross the freeway, and turn left at the 4-way stop. (If you are arriving from points south of Eugene, take Exit 189 and proceed straight at the 4-way stop.)

Take the first right after the Shell station onto Franklin Boulevard East. Pass Bring Recycling on your left, and in 0.5 mile turn left onto Seavey Loop Road. Proceed 2.2 miles across the Coast Fork of the Willamette River. Immediately after crossing the river, turn right and proceed into the Arboretum parking area. There is a $4 parking fee for the Howard Buford Recreation Area, which encompasses Mount Pisgah.

Trip Reports

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Reports from previous years
04/01/2021Greg Lief
03/25/2021Greg Lief
04/21/2019Greg Lief
04/20/2019Greg Lief
04/07/2018Greg Lief
06/03/2017Greg Lief
05/20/2017Greg Lief
04/24/2016Greg Lief
03/29/2015Greg Lief
05/12/2013Greg Lief
05/15/2011Greg Lief
05/09/2010Greg Lief
04/26/2009Greg Lief
05/04/2008Greg Lief
05/20/2007Greg Lief
05/01/2007Greg Lief
04/15/2007Greg Lief
04/04/2007Rory Nichols

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Photo Gallery


Great Hound's Tongue near Mount Pisgah summit

Tall Larkspur at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Candyflower at Mount Pisgah

Baby Blue Eyes, Mount Pisgah

Chocolate Lilies, Mount Pisgah

Oregon Iris along Mount Pisgah trail

Oregon Iris at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Striped Coral Root at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Rose Checker-Mallow at Mount Pisgah

Camas at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Camas Meadow at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Pink Sorrel at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Fairy Bells at Mount Pisgah Arboretum

Cat's Ear Lily (Calochortus subalpinus)


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