Limpy Creek Falls Trail - Grants Pass, Oregon
Limpy Creek Falls Trail is an enchanting, easy hike within minutes of Grants Pass. Once arriving at Limpy Creek Trail, one would never know that you are not 50 miles from civilization. That's the beauty of this part of Oregon. Without jet planes flying overhead, or freeway signs, factories and other noise and smoke-emitting industries, one can totally forget that there is anything but the astounding beauty of nature.
Limpy Creek was named after Chief Limpy, who was one of the chiefs of the many Rogue Indian tribes that resided in the area. Chief Limpy's encampment was at the place where his namesake emptied into the Rogue River, for its' journey to the Pacific Ocean.
The area is sheltered by a huge canopy of varying species of evergreen and deciduous trees too numerous to mention, whose shade allows the moss to form throughout this area.
Limpy Creek rages through the area as though it cannot wait to escape the confines of its' winter quarters. The roar of the creek is constant as you travel through the many well-manicured paths that jut off of the main forest trail.
At times, the raging torrents defy the term creek as they more closely resemble a small river, complete with rapids and islands wherever the creek does not wish to take its' time, and creates a myriad of shortcuts as it hurries to complete its journey.
Massive logs may be seen spanning Limpy Creek, and add to the pristine beauty of this hike.
At one point the icy, clear waters separate, and the one half rages around a long bend as an Indy racer trying to lap its' competitor, and seems to be going too fast to make the tight turn that the other half uses as a shortcut until they meet up again down the line.
This half, gently flows alongside the trail, and seems in no hurry to catch up.
Magnificent trees of all species rise above the forest floor to add to the magnificence.
Although not exceptionally high, Limpy Creek Falls consists of a combination of waterfalls, and stretches over a long area.
The trail winds around so that you can cross Limpy Creek and view the falls from both sides, coming and returning in a loop back to the trailhead.
Everywhere there are signs of animal life. This area is home to vast species of birds, including owls, hawks, eagles, turkey. The deer are plentiful, and coyotes prowl the areas. Although not often seen, this country is also home to the magnificent cougar.
Although the trip is only a one mile loop, there are many side trails one can take, including beautifully maintained foot-bridges that cross Limpy Creek with wooden benches in the most scenic spots. Bring a lunch or a book, and just enjoy the meadows, or lounge alongside the creek, you'll be amazed at how much time you can actually spend enjoying this short hike.