Alder Springs Trailhead
Though this trailhead is challenging to reach, and requires travel over some rough dirt roads, it is the access point for Alder Springs Trail (#855). There are scenic views of the canyon from the parking area, and they only get better the further you walk. If your car is hearty enough for the roads then the trail is well worth the drive.
At a Glance
|Reservations:||This is a First Come, First Served facility.|
|Fees:||This is a free facility.|
|Restrictions:||This is a Day-Use only facility. No overnight camping is permitted at trailheads or Sno-Parks on the Ochoco National Forest or Crooked River National Grassland.|
|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
From Highway 97:
Just north of Terrebonne, Oregon exit west onto Lower Bridge Road and continue for approximately 12 miles, until it turns to gravel.
Turn left onto Holmes Road, which is paved.
(NOTE: Please watch for the turn off to Holmes Road. It is a common mistake to miss this turn from Lower Bridge Road onto Holmes Road but you will end up on private property with no driving route to the trailhead.)
Stay on Holmes Road for approximately 2 miles.
Turn right onto Forest Service Road 6360.
Continue along this road for five miles of bumpy dirt road travel. Be sure you have brought a high clearance vehicle as this section may be impassable for low clearance vehicles.
Turn right onto Forest Service Road 040. Stay on this road for about 1 mile until you come to the Alder Springs Trailhead parking lot.
From Highway 20:
At milepost 8 between Sisters, Oregon and Bend, Oregon turn north onto Fry Rear Road and head toward Highway 126.
Cross the highway then stay straight to merge onto Holmes Road. Holmes Road makes a sharp right at the "T" intersection, so be sure to stay on Holmes Road and continue onto milepost 7.
At milepost 7 turn Left onto Forest Service Road 6360.
Continue along this road for five miles of bumpy dirt road. Be sure you have brought a high clearance vehicle as this section may be impassable for low clearance vehicles.
Turn right onto Forest Service Road 040 and continue until you reach the Alder Springs Trailhead parking lot.
There is a gate located on Forest Service Road 6360 that is closed and LOCKED from December 1st through March 31st every year to help protect winter range for the local deer populations. Hiking and biking are welcome beyond the gate during the closure, but please respect this motorized closure.
Map showing recreational areas. Map Information
|Parking:||Parking is available in the Day Use area|