Springtime in Grants Pass is breathtaking. While most of western Oregon is still wet with spring rains, the mild climate and sunny days in the southern region provide a welcome dose of vitamin D for an adventure-fueled getaway.
Among the many activities that await, spring hiking in Grants Pass is a truly majestic experience. With wildflowers extending into June, opportunities for hiking among the blooms—some of which are only found in the region and nowhere else on the planet—are endless. The blissfully mild springtime climate opens up access to trails through rain-soaked forests and budding meadows for crisp afternoon outings. Just a half-hour drive east is Table Rocks—a pair of rock formations with pancake-flat summits. Lower Table Rock showcases more than 75 different wildflowers—including red bells, Southern Oregon buttercup and shooting stars. Beyond the wildflowers are 360-degree views that include Upper Table Rock, the Rogue Valley, Mount McLoughlin and the rim of Crater Lake.
Mountain biking, a year-round activity in Grants Pass, is at its best when set to a rainbow-hued backdrop of purple, green and yellow wildflowers while pedaling on one of the area’s many trail networks. Cathedral Hills, Mountain of the Rogue Trail System and Dollar Mountain trails all offer scenic climbs for fat tire enthusiasts.
Concurrent with wildflower time is “bud break,” when the vineyards surrounding Grants Pass grow new shoots and sprout their leaves. Visitors can experience this celebratory time while visiting the region’s many wineries. Troon Vineyard’s regenerative agricultural practices allow native flowers to bloom between the vines. Nearby Wooldridge Creek Winery has incredible mountain views to enjoy along with your chardonnay or tempranillo. It’s also Oregon’s only combined vineyard, winery, dairy, creamery and charcuterie maker. After a visit to the wineries along the Applegate Valley wine trail, a pit stop at Supernatural Chocolates for artisan chocolates and house drip coffee will help fuel the scenic drive back to Grants Pass.
Next, take a day trip to Cave Junction to celebrate the season’s opening for the Oregon Caves National Monument. If spelunking excites you, there is no better experience, with daily tours offered on the hour between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., from March 25 through Labor Day. After the geological adventure stop and refuel in Cave Junction, where Taylor’s Sausage makes meaty snack sticks and Trillium Bakery specializes in doughnuts and sandwiches.
Between bud breaks, blossoms, hiking, biking and more, springtime—or any season, for that matter—in Grants Pass is anything but boring.