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Within a short hiking distance from Edgewood, Eugene’s Ridgeline system rings the southern edge of the city with a series of large, semi-connected parklands. Valued deeply by the community for recreation, open space, and habitat values, the Ridgeline system is accessed through a network of over 12 miles of trail starting at seven main trailheads.
Spencer Butte, the city’s highest point, crowns the Ridgeline at 2,058 feet in elevation. It is a 3.1 mile trek from Edgewood’s elevation is about 600 feet, so the journey time will depend on your stamina and can take anywhere from 90 minutes to over two hours one way. Be prepared, you will need lots of water.
2.2 miles from Edgewood is the Cascades Raptor Center, a nature center and wildlife hospital open to the public year-round. They are home to nearly 40 resident education raptors, most native to the Pacific Northwest. Educational programs are available onsite and offsite for students of all ages. If you are looking for things to do in Eugene, Oregon, the Raptor Center is a great place to bring friends and family.
Mount Pisgah Arboretum is a 209-acre nature education facility where visitors can explore the ecology of the southern Willamette Valley. It is a short drive, about a quarter of a mile. As a nonprofit organization, they depend on support from members, donors, and volunteers to care for the trails and facilities, and to provide learning opportunities for the community.