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Wild Iris Ridge

Intermediate
 4.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy wildflowers in the Spring and oak savanna and southwest views of the Willamette Valley year-round.


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2.3

Miles

3.7

KM

82%

Runnable

940' 287 m

High

454' 138 m

Low

486' 148 m

Up

485' 148 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The park is closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Overview

Eugene's newest segment of the Ridgeline Trail system features mostly oak woodlands and grasses with views of Mary's Peak and the West Eugene Wetlands. Visit in April to enjoy the park's namesake, wild iris.

Description

From the trailhead at the intersection of Bailey Hill and S. Bertelsen roads, the trail extends flat on the power line road for 0.2 miles. It diverges from the road and winds uphill through 0.25 miles of immersive oak forest before breaking back out into open grass under the power line.

A quick 0.3 mile crossing under the power line brings you into mixed oak and fir forest on the south side of the power line. The final 0.4 miles in the forest sets you up for a rewarding view of Mary's Peak and the West Eugene Wetlands at the summit kiosk.

An unimproved level gravel road connected to the trail add the opportunity for an additional 1 mile extended loop and exploration of the 250-acre park at the summit.

Flora & Fauna

Name sake wild iris in the open grass land in April along with oak and fir forests.

History & Background

Wild Iris Ridge Park opened in 2017 and is the newest addition to Eugene's Ridgeline Trail system although it is not yet formally connected to other trails on the ridgeline.

Contacts

Shared By:

Wes Emmert

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Oak Savanna
Feb 16, 2021 near Eugene, OR
View from the top.
Feb 16, 2021 near Eugene, OR
Trail pet
May 14, 2021 near Eugene, OR
Loop Trail ibtersecting back into Wild Iris Trail.
Feb 16, 2021 near Eugene, OR
Oak woodland.
May 14, 2021 near Eugene, OR
Spring time in the oak forest.
May 14, 2021 near Eugene, OR

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