Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Daniele McKay for a geology hike to Alder Springs and the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River. We’ll hike from the top of the Crooked River National Grasslands, down to bubbling Alder Springs, and then follow Whychus Creek to where it meets the Deschutes River. Along the way we’ll learn about the unique and very apparent geology of the canyon, and the story of Alder Springs’ conservation. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

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  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging, ~8 mile hike into the canyon that includes a creek crossing. Hiking trails may be uneven at times.

    Route: This trail descends into the canyon from the parking area at Alder Springs Trailhead. Hikers will ford Whychus Creek before continuing north along the trail to the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River.

    Elevation loss/gain: 300-400 ft.

  • What to Bring

    Water sandals for crossing the creek, snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Land Trust initiated negotiations and cooperatively partnered with The Trust for Public Land to conserve Alder Springs, an 840 acre in-holding within the Crooked River National Grasslands in 1998. The Alder Springs property is bisected by Whychus Creek, just above Whychus Creek's confluence with the Deschutes River. Alder Springs is owned and managed by the Crooked River National Grassland.