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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jane Meissner for a spring hike to Alder Springs. 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 down to the banks of Whychus Creek. Enjoy spring wildflowers while learning 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 3-mile hike on trails in the Crooked River National Grasslands.

    Route: This hike will start at the Alder Springs trailhead and follow trails down into the Whychus Creek canyon. Terrain will be uneven and steep at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with ~200' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    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 Deschutes 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.