The Ruth Bascomb Riverbank Trail is 19.5 miles long. The asphalt and concrete surfaces make it easy to follow, even for children. It’s all wheelchair accessible, making it easy for anyone to use.
Bikers, skaters, fishermen and walking enthusiasts use the trail on a daily basis. The trails run on both sides of the Willamette River in Eugene and they are all interconnected. The trail takes visitors through parks, open areas, industrial areas, residential neighborhoods during the trip along the four main trails.
The four main trails include the North Bank, South Bank, East Bank and of course, the West Bank. There are connecting paths located throughout the main trail system. There are five bike and pedestrian bridges that are varying distances in length but give visitors a scenic view of the beauty that is along the Willamette River.
Ruth Bascomb was the first female mayor of Eugene. She was an advocate for biking and walking paths in Eugene.
Ducks on the Willamette
Even the ducks were out along the Ruth Bascomb Trail, enjoying the day of sunshine and the waters of the Willamette River. Babies were trailing closely behind adult ducks, letting us know that spring was in full force in the Willamette Valley. The wildlife and foliage along the Ruth Bascomb Trail are protected in the sanctuary they call home.
This day found the Willamette River flowing at a calm pace. Upper tributaries of the Willamette River begin in the mountains and the river flows 187 miles into the Columbia River. The Willamette River is known for great fishing and most Eugene residents have tried their hand at tubing or river running in this fairly fast-flowing body of water. The river is also known for trout, salmon and steelhead fishing.
Willamette River at Dusk
The sun was setting, not leaving us with much time to take photos and get out of the forested portion of the Ruth Bascomb Trail safely. But while the sun was setting, it created the perfect lighting for more dramatic photos.
Mushroom along the trail
With the rainfall in Eugene, it is not uncommon to see mushrooms popping up along the Ruth Bascomb Trail. There are various types of mushroom that grow in the forested areas in and around Eugene, providing pickers ample opportunity to harvest great crops.
Dramatic Effects Along the Trail
The sun was setting quickly, giving us little light in areas that had trees and heavy foliage. The setting of the sun also shot rays of light across the darker waters of the Willamette River, making a perfect shot.
Pink tinged the skies with the setting sun. It was the end to a great day along the river. Calm water and quietness surrounded us. The creatures in the area were settling in for the night and people had left the trail to get home for the evening.
Leaving a dense area of the trail, we found an opening along the ponds. The light was much brighter, giving us hope that we might be able to get off the trails before darkness descended upon us, making the hike difficult.
Willamette at night
The light was hanging in there long enough to shine along the Willamette River on the path home. It was the perfect opportunity to snap a few more photos before getting out of the trail safely. We were beginning to stumble along the path.
Willamette River at Sunset
It was becoming difficult to see everything the trail has to offer, but the camera was still picking up enough light to capture the Willamette River along the Ruth Bascomb Trail.
The Willamette is typically home to strong currents and swirling, crashing rapids, but this portion of the river didn’t appear to be filled with harsh rapids.
Looking Back at the Ponds
Even though we were rushing along the path to get to our car before complete darkness took over the day, looking back at the ponds and snapping another photo was a must.
What little light was left shimmered on the water creating a serene view of the river. If I were able to guarantee our safety, I would have remained for a while longer to enjoy the sounds of nature settling in for the evening and the night shift of frogs and crickets taking over.
We were nearing the end of our walk. Darkness had prevailed, leaving us blind along portions of the path. As we rounded the corner to the final section of the trail, I had to turn and take one more picture of the sun setting along the Willamette River. The Ruth Bascomb Trail hike was a perfect ending to a beautiful day in Eugene.
Ruth Bascomb Riverbank Trail
This video gives viewers a small idea of what the Ruth Bascomb Trail has to offer. The trail extends so far that it’s difficult to film the entire ride through several parks and areas between Eugene and Springfield.