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