Alder Springs Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Alder Springs Trail is a 5.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.7 miles
711 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers




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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

Great hike, bad access road. Will do it again

9 months ago

Lovely hike. Warning...if it says you will FORD the creek, believe it. We didn't bring water shoes so didn't get to finish the hike. It is an easy ford with water shoes. One gal forded barefoot .

The road in is VERY rocky and a good clearance vehicle is recommended. The road said it was closed due to fire in progress. The fire is over and there was no equipment on the site. We will try it again with water shoes this time. I gave it a 4 because I didn't get to finish

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hiked to Creek crossing but was more like raging river so could not cross--too deep & swift. Would try again in Fall. So, did not see best part of trail on 7/26/17

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Rocky not a running trail. Wonderful River must ford the river at about mile 1.5. 5 mile dirt road into trail head. Pretty rough in places.

Friday, May 05, 2017

Access road to the trail head is pretty rough, shouldn't be driven without a high clearance vehicle.
Trail is clearly marked and easy to walk on in most areas. Going down into the canyon is easy, the way back is the work but it's not bad. Not much shade along the way so bring lots of water/hat. Be aware of ticks and rattlesnakes. You'll have to cross the creek to continue on the trail. The end of the trail has large ponderosa pines and huge boulders to sit on along the Deschutes... this is a great place for lunch or to dip your feet in the water. Lots of cool rock formations, wild flowers and the creek to see along the hike.

Monday, September 05, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

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.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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

Sunday, April 20, 2014

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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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

Monday, January 06, 2014

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

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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!

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