Alder Springs Trail

Crooked River National Grassland, Oregon

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain711ft
Trailhead Elevation2,597ft
Top2,600ft
Elevation Min/Max2233/2600ft
Elevation Start/End2597/2597ft

Alder Springs Trail

Alder Springs Trail is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Crooked River National Grassland. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 2,597 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 711 feet. The Alder Springs Trailhead Road parking is near the trailhead. There is also a parking.

Alder Springs Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This trail used to be fairly empty, but the secret of this incredible area is out. From Cascade views at the top of the canyon to the convergence of two major waterways at the bottom, this hike is sure to please all.

Look for colorful highdesert blooms, such as monkey ?ower, columbine, green-banded mariposa lilies, and abundant arrowleaf balsamroot. Wildlife-wise, the trail is closed four months of the year to protect local deer populations."

"This hidden gem is one of the best trails in the Crooked River National Grassland. It takes you into a dramatic canyon carved by Whychus Creek. Bubbling Whychus Creek is fed by several natural springs that you can view along the route.

The trail parallels Whychus Creek and passes by some hidden camp spots shaded by towering ponderosa pine trees. The trail follows Whychus Creek until the turnaround point, where the creek joins up with the Deschutes River. Use caution if you are hiking with your canine partner during the summer months. The canyon can be very hot, and the trail surface can heat up enough that it will burn the pads of your dog’s feet."

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Trail Information

Crooked River National Grassland
Nearby City
Crooked River National Grassland
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Swimming, Camping
Additional Use
Crooked River National Grassland, BLM Prineville District
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Oct 2018