Alder Springs Trail (#855)

Alder Springs Trail 2

This trail descends into the canyon from the parking area at Alder Springs Trailhead. As it descends along the layered bluffs, visitors can see intriguing views of the canyon and the trail ahead.

At the base of the canyon visitors intending to continue on the trail must cross Whychus Creek. This crossing can vary in intensity from "quite exciting" to "rather tame" depending on the season.

Water levels tend to be higher and the flow faster in late spring and early summer; however, both elements tend to mellow out more toward late summer and early fall. As a wild un-dammed creek with headwaters high in the snowy Cascades, water levels can rise without warning, especially during rainy periods.

After crossing the creek, the trail continues downstream to the north following Whychus Creek, weaving up along the hillside and down into some brushy overgrown places, periodically offering some unexpectedly stunning views.

The developed trail ends where the Deschutes River and Whychus Creek meet. 

View an Alder Springs Trail map.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Sisters, Oregon or Terrebonne, Oregon
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Crooked River National Grassland
274 SW 4th Street
Madras, OR   97741 (541) 416-6640


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Due to the fragile environment in this area, this is a hiker only trail.

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  Area/Length : 
2.8 Miles one way

  Elevation : 
2120 - 2550