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Hiking in the Rogue Valley

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Ariel Kostrna

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Here at AVA, we absolutely love the outdoors. In fact at lunchtime today, Audrey and I took a 20-minute walk to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. It was so lovely that I was inspired to compile a list of some of the best hiking trails in the area. After all, spring is upon us, the ideal hiking season!

So here we go, in no particular order, 7 of our favorite hikes!

 

1. Limpy Creek Botanical

At only 1 mile long, Limpy Creek has a surprising amount of gorgeous scenery. Waterfalls and meadows are among the sites. It’s easy, beautiful, and 25 minutes from downtown Grants Pass.

limpy creek

photo from alltrails.com

2. Rainie Falls

This 3.6 mile hike is well worth the journey. The beautiful Rainie Falls is your destination, but you hike along the Rogue River the whole way. This trail is listed as moderate difficulty but the path is well-maintained. It lies 45 minutes from Grants Pass.

rainie falls

photo from alltrails.com

3. Waters Creek

This 3 mile hike is relatively easy and well-trafficked. The woodsy trail features the creek as well as many wild flower varieties. It’s great for a relaxing walk and is 35 minutes from Grants Pass.

waters creek

photo from alltrails.com

 

4. Table Rock (Upper and Lower)

There are two Table Rocks, with the Upper one being shorter and slightly easier. Both hikes bring you over 700 feet to an enormous plateau filled with wildflowers and incredible views from every side. Upper is 2.8 miles, and Lower is 5.4 miles. They’re about 30 minutes from Grants Pass.

photo from lomakatsi.org

photo from lomakatsi.org

 

5. Cathedral Hills

A simple array of trails with lovely views of the valley, Cathedral hill is a popular spot and great for any experience level. It’s just 10 minutes from downtown.

photo from findaridingbuddy.com

photo from findaridingbuddy.com

 

6. Shan Creek

At about 2 miles long, this trail runs along Shan Creek. It is somewhat strenuous at parts, but if you make it to the lower end you’ll find a swimming hole to jump in and refresh yourself! It’s about 30 min from Grants Pass.

photo from alltrails.com

photo from alltrails.com

7. Rogue River Trail

This one is for our backpackers! This 40-mile adventure is a point-to-point trail that is not for beginners. It covers the Rogue’s Wild and Scenic section. There are 3 wilderness lodges along the way. Find out more about this amazing trail HERE.

photo from statesmanjournal.com

photo from statesmanjournal.com

There are many more beautiful hiking locations, but hopefully these will make a great start to your spring. Happy Hiking from AVA!