Monday May 20, Alder Springs
Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church
Destination: Alder Springs Trail (17 miles NE of Sisters – 1 hour from Sunriver)
Distance: 6 miles round trip (one reference says 7.2)
Elevation Loss/Gain: 650 ft (one references says 910)
Difficult creek crossing (~15 ft across, knee deep or more, with a swift current)
Bring: Water shoes & towel, hiking poles, lunch, water, Care & Share soap, and $3 for driver.
Striking geology and wildflowers are both featured on this hike. It starts on a desert plateau then descends 450 ft steeply into Whychus Canyon to Alder Springs and crosses Whychus Creek at 1.4 miles. It continues down 200 ft &1.6 miles along Whychus Creek on a rocky trail to the confluence of the Deschutes River where we will eat lunch and return the same way. High clearance vehicles required for the 4-mile jeep trail to trailhead. No restrooms.