Pre’s Trail is named for Steve Prefontaine, a running legend who attended Oregon and trained in Eugene. He held 7 American Records in various distance events on the track and did workouts on this Trail with Coach Bill Bowerman. Now, the current Oregon Ducks workout on this soft woodchip trail throughout the cross country season and follow in his footsteps.
People come from all over the country to visit this trail, which includes a short 1.2 mile loop, a 4 mile loop and a 6 mile loop that weave through the trees and include glimpses of the Willamette River. The trail is sandwiched between the University of Oregon Campus and Autzen Stadium, home to the Oregon Ducks Football team.
This popular loop is the training ground for many local elite athletes. Just down the road from campus, this trail has s short 1 mile loop and then extends to include 5 and 7 mile routes. It includes wood chip paths and packed gravel for a low impact surface.
Not only can you often spot the Oregon Ducks passing by on a long run, but you will often see local Oregon Track Club Elite athletes doing repeats on this trail.
Hendrick’s is tucked away just a few blocks away from Hayward Field. The tall conifer forest provides shade from the heat in the Summer months and shelter from the rain during the winter. It is known to the local runners as a favorite spot for hill repeats, boasting some longer gradual hills that are sure to get you in shape for cross country season.
The park has a number of loops that can be linked together for a variety of distances through the trees and a botanical garden.
Ridgeline Trail System
This is a favorite local long run spot as it extends for over 14 miles from one side of town to the other. It is a hilly course and for those really seeking a challenge, you can take the path up to Spencer’s Butte, which is just over 2,000 ft high.
The miles fly by as you get lost in the beauty of the jungle-like trees and moss. The trail is accessible from a variety of trailheads including from Amazon and Hendrick’s Park.
The Ruth Bascom Riverbank Path
The River Path extends almost 14 miles, weaving along the bank of the Willamette River on both the East and West sides. The path extends from Alton Baker Park and Pre’s Trail all the way to the Northern Eugene city limits, before turning and making its way back past the South Bank Rose Gardens and Skinner Butte Park.
Every year thousands flock to Eugene to run the Eugene Marathon, whose course covers much of the path. Runners, walkers and bikers frequent this path throughout the year.