Geology Hike, Alder Springs
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb for a geology hike to Alder Springs and the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River. As we descend into the canyon from the top of the Crooked River National Grasslands, we'll hike 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.
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.