Alder Springs Trail #855
ElevationAscent: 158' 48 m
Descent: -643' -196 m
High: 2,597' 792 m
Low: 2,109' 643 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 22% (12°)
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“Hop on the Alder Springs Trail for a riverside experience through a powerful landscape.”— Eric Ashley
From the trailhead, travel down the clear trail through the scattered trees to cross to the adjacent ridge. Over the next few miles, the singletrack works its way along the ridge, revealing an occasional glimpse of the creek. Eventually, the trail drops past a dry waterfall to descend to the clear waters of Whychus Creek. This is the first up-close opportunity to appreciate the large rock formations that make up the layered bluffs in the area, and it's worth a pause.
Get ready, as the lush vegetation ahead surrounds a bridgeless creek crossing. Those not wanting to get wet should turn around. Otherwise, wade across the water to reach the other bank. The water flow is generally greater in the spring and early summer.
Continuing on, the narrow and sometimes-rocky trail rises away from the creek until it returns to the bank for a final, gradual descent down to the confluence with the Deschutes River. The roaring water and shade from nearby ponderosas make a great spot to enjoy a snack or lunch.
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Land Manager: USFS - Crooked River National Grassland Office