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.
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 and steep at times.
Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with ~200′ of elevation gain/loss.