Eugene is located in the middle of an outdoor paradise. No matter what games you like to play or places you like to explore, it's all within a few hours of town. Below you'll find links to more information about what the state and the university has to offer in terms of outdoor pursuits. If I've missed something, let me know: lynde@uoregon.edu. All links open to a new window so you can browse without losing your place.

UO Facilities & Programs

Outdoor Program
For all sorts of outdoor information and excursions, contact the UO Outdoor Program. Check out their website for information on trips and rental gear.

UO Student Rec Center
To stay fit when you can't get out, you can always go to the student rec center, a new facility that houses everything from a swimming pool to raquet ball courts. You will have access to the rec center when you are taking on-campus credits. You'd be hard-pressed to find a better club no matter what you were willing to pay.

Club Sports
Club Sports offers a way for students to get involved in team sports with other students. Teams include everything from sky diving to cycling. Club sports is also a great resource for hooking up with other athletes.

Running
Eugene is well-known as a running town and known as "Track Town USA." The UO hosts national track events at Hayward Field, but it's common to see Olympians out on the mulch trails around town as well. For more information on running in Eugene and events hosted by the UO:

OTC & UO

Oregon Track Club: volunteer-based running club, which hosts local races and has numerous running resources. They have a great map showing local running trails and tracks around town.
Goducks.com (to see when the track meets are happening)

Local Race Organizations/Schedules

Eclectic Edge Racing: offers timing services for OTC, but also puts on many of its own races in Eugene, along with other cities in Oregon.

Pink Buffalo Racing: Another organization with some good races from 5k to half marathon or 18 mile trail runs.

Running Trails/Maps

Eugene Cascades & Coast Running: Good collection of trails with maps/directions/images.

Mt. Pisgah: Trail information, maps and info about the park. Great place to get some hill work in. Beware of poison oak off the trail.

Parks & Trail Maps: A compilation of city trails and parks, put together by the city.

Cycling
Outside the city limits you will find miles of country roads for an escape on your road bike. You will also find some of the best mountain biking around within an hour of campus. Just stop by the local bike shops for tips on the best routes. Commuting in Eugene is easy - in large part because the large network of bike paths makes it easy to avoid traffic. The city puts out a bike map so you can plan your commute. Eugene is also home to several bike manufacturers.

Road Riding

G.E.A.R.s Routes: Good collection of routes around Eugene and neighboring towns put together by a local cycling club.

Eugene Cascades & Coast Cycling: General info on cycling around Eugene and Oregon.

Mt. Biking

Eugene Cascades & Coast Cycling: A couple of suggestions for nearby mt. biking.

MTB Project: Suggestions for moutain bike rides relatively close by.

Disciples of Dirt: Local mountain bike club suggestions for rides.

Commuting

City Biking: City map of the area showing all the roads with bike lanes, trails, etc.

Local Bike Shops: There are several great bike shops in Eugene!

If you want to learn more about the bike scene in Eugene, feel free to reach out to Lynde - she's an avid cyclist and commuter: lynde@uoregon.edu

Fly Fishing
Two rivers run right through town, the McKenzie and the Willamette. Both offer excellent trout fishing - and the Willamette is a healthy steelhead fishery as well. In addition, there is excellent fishing outside town in both rivers and the high lakes of the Cascades. You can learn more about the local fishing scene by visiting local fly shops.

Skiing & Snowboarding
When the snow falls, grab your skiis or your board and head for Willamette Pass, just an hour and a half east of town. Or go a little further and head up to Mt. Bachelor or Hoodoo. Or head north to Mt. Hood and check out Mt. Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Timberline, and Cooper Spur. Other ski areas to check out include: Mt. Ashland (about three hours south), Anthony Lakes(near LaGrande) and Mt. Bailey (snow cat skiing near Diamond Lake).

Rock Climbing
Oregon is home to Smith Rock, the best rock climbing in the lower 48 and just 2 and a half hours from Eugene. You can also enjoy outdoor climbing at the columns, not far from campus. In addition, UO students also have access to the climbing wall at the Rec Center and Eugene has a couple of rock gyms as well!

Skydiving
You can also hook up with the club sports team or check out local skydiving outfits.

UO Club Sports

Surfing
There are plenty of places to surf on the Oregon coast. The best place to get advice might be from the surfers on the club sports team.

Windsurfing
Well, Hood River IS in Oregon, after all. Some of the best windsurfing you'll find, just three hours north-east of Eugene.

Boating
There's no shortage of waterways to explore around Eugene. You can canoe, kayak or raft the Willamette and the McKenzie close in. Or you can go a little farther and check out the Deschutes, Rogue and Umpqua - you'll have more white water than you can handle. For those more interested in water skiing and jet boats, Fern Ridge Reservior is close by and popular for sailing, water skiing, and power boating. Dexter Reservoir is also popular and just 20 miles from town.

Swimming
You can swim indoors right on campus at the Rec Center. If you're feeling a little more adventurous, you can swim in the local reservoirs or drive out to the beach (an hour away) to dip your toes in the chilly Pacific.

Sandboarding
Florence has the world's first (at least that we know of) sand park, where you can surf the dunes in style: Sand Master Park

Ultimate Frisbee
Ultimate is a popular Eugene pasttime. The UO has men's and women's club sports teams - likely the best place to hook up with other players.

Disk Golf
Oregon Disk Golf: Great map of disk golf courses in the are. The four closest: Alton Baker Park, Westmoreland Park, Stewart Pond, and Clearwater Park.

Hiking
The only question in regard to hiking in Oregon is where to begin. Fortunately, you can get in a nice day hike without leaving town. The Ridgeline Trail runs right across the southern edge of town, along with the very popular Spencer's Butte, which boasts 360-degree views of the Willamette valley. Beyond that, there is a great hiking trail that runs along the McKenzie (also great for mountain biking) and the miles of trails you'll find in the Cascades - it's endless, really. For a real visual treat, take yourself over to Crater Lake, the deepest lake in the United States, known for it's crystal-clear blue water and gorgeous views.

Check out the web for state parks and national parks in Oregon. There's plenty to see.

Oregon Hikers Field Guide; Eugene Cascades & Coast Hiking

Backpacking
There's no end to the trails worth packing in the Pacific Northwest. Oregon is home to the Cascade Mountain Range (which includes the Three Sisters Wilderness Area) and next door to Washington, home of the Olympics. There's certainly more incredible backpacking than you'll have time to do in grad school!! Check out the web for state parks and national parks in Oregon.

Mountaineering
Hook up with the UO's Outdoor Program for some great trips and advice in regard to mountaineering. There are plenty of large peaks to climb around Oregon and Washington, including the Three Sisters, Mt. Hood, and Mt. Jefferson. The Cascade mountain range includes many other peaks. This website gives an overview: http://www.virtualcascades.com

Rugby
The UO has both men's and women's teams through club sports.

Hockey/Ice Skating
TheLane Events Center has an indoor rink if you're interested in ice skating. The UO club sports program also has a hockey team.

Rowing
Once again, the best way to get involved with rowing is to contact club sports.

Tennis
The UO has covered and uncovered tennis courts available to students. So bring your racket!