Alder Springs Trail

MODERATE 9 reviews

Alder Springs Trail is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Sherman, OR that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and birding and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.0 miles 1085 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

trail running

walking

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

washed out

This hike to a pristine desert oasis takes you down through thousands of years of geological formations to Whychus Creek and Alder Springs. Once you have reached the springs, you have the option to carefully ford the creek and continue on to the confluence of Whychus Creek with the Deschutes River. Late spring and early fall are the best times to visit the Alder Springs area.

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Mostly easy with some rock scrambling, cliff edges, creek crossings. The scenery is well worth the trip. The road getting there is really rough. I would advise a good clearance vehicle.

hiking
7 months ago

This was a geology hike led and sponsored by the Deschutes Land Trust. The hike began in an area of volcanic tuff (pyroclastic flows) at the trail head and ran 1.5 miles down to Alder Springs and Whychus Creek, which is an area of sedimentary deposition. There are several hoodoos above the Springs. This hike did not cross (ford) Whychus Creek. After the ford, the trail continues another 1.5 miles to the confluence of Whychus Creek with the Deschutes River. Be advised that you pay for the walk down with a climb back out of the canyon, but it is not too taxing.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy hike, great views, very rough road to trailhead.

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

The Alder Springs trail was full of GREAT views, and was a spectacular trail. The trail condition at times was poor, but for the most part the overall trail was in great condition. The trail was demanding in the way of climb and elevation. Not many negatives about this trail at all though. I would recommend this to anyone ready for a challenging hike but challenging enough for the GREAT views of canyons! Awesome!

2 years ago

Great hike with my kids and friends !! Road to the trail sucked in my lowered car haha but well worth it. Awesome views and had to cross a 3 foot deep. Creek. I recommend this greatly

2 years ago

Be advised... the road leading to trail head is closed from Dec to about April. Check before driving out!

hiking
3 years ago

I'm giving this 5 because I like the desert hiking, and this one even had rivers, springs and cool rock formations. Hard to find but worth it. The trail is in good shape but a couple spots you have to look a little harder to find it. The first left about 50 yards from trail head leads you down to the river and then dead ends 100 yrds down river from that at a rock wall. I'v read about indian hieroglyphics but never been able to locate them. Saw a snake at the very end!!!! wow did I move fast. Back up at main trail continue along the top of the canyon with some great views about 1 mile from trail head. Head down trail and look for some mini caves in the cliff, then at bottom of canyon you'll see some springs right before the small river. It was the first week in October and very warm and sunny, the water level was low enough to cross the river. On other side you get to see more springs, we continued down trail about 1/2 hour then turned around, next time will go farther. Note we tried this hike early summer in 2011 and the river was to high to cross.

Did I mention SNAKES. Watch where you step and sit!