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Best Sunset Spots in Eugene

Published: August 10, 2020

 

When your perfect day in Eugene just can't end yet, head to one of these top sunset spots and watch the colors change and the stars come out. Bring a picnic and a flashlight and enjoy the show at these top sunset spots in Eugene. 

If you choose a hike as your sunset watching destination, like Mount Baldy or Wild Iris Ridge, be sure that each person has a flashlight. Please leave promptly after sunset and hike cautiously to avoid injury in the dark. Always tell someone your plans when heading out into nature and check out our Adventure Checklist for smart planning. 

 

Skinner Butte Park (The Columns)

Sunset from Skinner Butte columns by Melanie Griffin
Sunset from Skinner Butte Columns by Melanie Griffin
 

Skinner Butte is by far Eugene's most popular hangouts for a stunning sunset with a full view of downtown and beyond. But walk to the west side of the butte where the basalt climbing columns are and you get a spectacular view with fewer distractions. 

 

Orchard Point - Fern Ridge

Orchard Point Marina by Sally McAleer
Orchard Point Marina by Sally McAleer

 

Just outside of Eugene, Fern Ridge Reservoir at Orchard Point is a great place to watch the sunset. You can park here and stand on the docks or walk the trail above the water on the east side for an easy stroll with a beautiful view. 

 

Ferry Street Bridge

Willamette River at sunset by Melanie Griffin
Willamette River at sunset by Melanie Griffin

 

This is a popular spot to view as the sun appears to dip into the Willamette River. The street lights make it a safe place to view the sky even after the sun has disappeared. This is a short and easy walk from either side of the Ruth Bascom Riverbank Bike Path

Wild Iris Ridge

Wild Iris Wild Iris 

 

In the springtime, Wild Iris Ridge is full of blooming purple/blue irises. But year-round this is a great place to watch the clouds turn to cotton candy as the sun goes down. This hill faces West giving a prime view of the sun as it drops. 

Delta Ponds

Delta Ponds moonrise by Melanie Griffin
Delta Ponds moonrise by Melanie Griffin

 

The Delta Ponds are perfect for sunsets because the calm waters reflect the sky and make sunset feel even bigger. This is also a great option because of its easy parking and many accessible trails. Keep your eyes open for Osprey, nutria, beavers, Great Blue Heron and Western Pond Turtles.

Mount Baldy

Mount Baldy Viewpoint by Melanie Griffin
Mount Baldy Viewpoint by Melanie Griffin

 

Mount Baldy is another hike but this one is typically less crowded. There are plenty of great spots to sit and watch the sunset but only one bench at the top. The open view from the bald top makes it a great spot for sunrises too since you can see in every direction. 

Hyatt Place SkyDeck Lounge

Sunset from Hyatt Place Skydeck Lounge by Melanie Griffin
Sunset from Hyatt Place Skydeck Lounge by Melanie Griffin 

 

If what you want is a place to sit and watch the sunset with drinks in hand and a firepit keeping you warm, the Skydeck Lounge at Hyatt Place is the perfect spot. The Skydeck offers a limited food menu and a full bar with plenty of heat sources for when the sun sinks. 

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Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology and Cinema. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Content Manager for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and buying too many house plants. Follow her Instagram for Lane County's best kept secrets.