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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jane Meissner for a hike to Alder Springs and then beyond to the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River. See for yourself why this hike is a springtime favorite as you hike from the top of the Crooked River National Grasslands and through sun-warmed sagelands. Then, after crossing Whychus Creek, follow the creek to its confluence with the Deschutes River and learn the story of Alder Springs' conservation. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging, 7-mile hike on trails in the Crooked River National Grasslands.

    Route: This hike will start at the Alder Springs trailhead and follow trails down to Whychus Creek. You will then ford the creek and continue on trails to the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with ~500' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

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

  • About the Property

    Alder Springs is a 840 acre in-holding within the Crooked River National Grasslands. The Land Trust initiated negotiations and cooperatively partnered with The Trust for Public Land to conserve the property 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.