Nestled within the city limits of Eugene, the Fox Hollow to Dillard trail offers a blend of moderate challenge and scenic charm. The trail gains approximately 1,000 feet and is partitioned into three distinct sections, each boasting unique features and obstacles. Notably, the trail is well-gravelled and meticulously maintained, making it accessible year-round.
From the park on Martin Street in south Eugene, take a one-block eastward journey to Canyon Drive. Follow this gravel road to its terminus where the trailhead eagerly awaits.
The initial stretch warms you up with a gentle incline, only to grow progressively steeper. This section is a true woodlands experience, punctuated by several bridge crossings and switchbacks, and concludes at a gravel parking lot on Fox Hollow Road.
The second part takes off to the left from the Fox Hollow parking lot. Always opt for the lower path; the upper one is reserved for foot traffic. This section indulges riders with twists and gentle rolls along a wide, smooth path for about 3/4 mile, ending with two switchbacks that lead to another parking lot on Dillard Road.
The final section, the most grueling, starts in a paved parking area about 3/4 mile to the north on Dillard Road. The correct trail here goes under the power lines and across an access road. Follow this steep path until reaching an intersection that leads you to a rewarding viewpoint, complete with a memorial bench.
The Fox Hollow to Dillard trail is more than just another mountain biking route. It’s a community asset, enriched by its easy accessibility and year-round availability thanks to its heavy gravel layer. Whether you're in it for the exercise or the sublime viewpoint that crowns your ride, this trail does not disappoint. Exercise caution and share the path responsibly; then, all that's left is to enjoy the ride.