Summer 2016 Hike Series: Alder Springs

Walk down into the scenic lower Whychus Creek Canyon to Alder Springs and then on to the confluence of the creek with the thundering Deschutes River below a towering wedge of rimrock on this premier Central Oregon hike. 

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COLW Hike in La Pine State Park earlier this summer

COLW Hike in La Pine State Park earlier this summer

When: Sunday, September 11th 9am - 4pm

Where: Alder Springs

Why: Get out in nature with our fabulous Board President 'The Nathanos' and learn more about our programs!

How: Sign up here

Watch for wildflowers, raptors, songbirds, lizards, and rattlesnakes enjoying the last bit of summer. This western portion of the Crooked River National Grassland is part of a mosaic of public and private lands that Central Oregon LandWatch is working to protect as important wildlife habitat, winter range, and a migration corridor between the Cascades and the Ochocos.

The drive from Bend to the trailhead is about 1 hour, the last few miles of which are on a rough dirt road - high clearance, 4WD strongly recommended. Please volunteer to drive if you have a rig that can handle this.

The approximately 6 mile round-trip hike is moderately to strenuous, with a fair amount of elevation loss on the way out and gain on the way back. The hike can get hot and dusty. Bring: sun sauce, bug sauce, hiking boots, shades, a hat, lunch, and plenty of water.

We will meet in Bend at 9:00am for the carpool and should be back around 4:00pm. All attendees will be asked to pitch in for gas. Please let Moey know if you have a high clearance 4WD car and can volunteer to drive. 

Please note: As is often the case for hikers in this area, we may encounter rattlesnakes on this hike.