Alder Springs to Deschutes River Confluence.

Alder Springs to Deschutes River Confluence.

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Forest Service Road #6360

Forest Service Rd 6360

Sisters, OR 97759

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Scenic views of Whychus Creek walking the trail to the confluence with the Deschutes River. Creek crossing and loads of wildflowers.

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WHERE: Alder Springs to Deschutes River Confluence

WHEN: Tuesday, May 17,2021, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

RATING: Moderate to Difficult, 6 miles total, out & back. Whychus Creek crossing.

GUIDE: Cindy Murray

This hike starts along a scenic ridgeline and steeply descends into the Whychus Creek canyon. Walking sticks can be helpful for hiking and wading the stream. After crossing the creek, trail will follow Whychus Creek to the confluence of the Deschutes River. The confluence offers classic scenic views of the typical volcanic ash-lava flows with very colorful layers built into the canyon walls and abundant wildflowers. The descent into the canyon is steep and keep in mind that we must hike back up at the end of our hike! Rattlesnakes may be encountered on or near the trail at this time of year. Bring your binoculars, standard hiking equipment includes sturdy boots, lunch, water, extra layer, and hiking poles. Wading shoes & a small towel. Sunscreen, hat and rain gear are advisable. No pets allowed.

This is a free hike, limited to 8 participants and registration is required and available at www.fansofdeschutes.org. If the hike is full, your name will be added to the waiting list. We will contact you if space develops.

DIRECTIONS: WE WILL MEET AT THE FOREST SERVICE KIOSK ON FS ROAD #6360 AND CARPOOL TO THE TRAILHEAD WHICH IS 4.7 MILES ON A GRAVEL ROAD. PLEASE BE AT THE KIOSK NO LATER THAN 9:00AM.

From Crooked River Ranch/Terrebonne drive west on Lower Bridge Rd toward Sisters, turn left onto Holmes Rd and follow to Mile Post 7. At Mile Post 7 turn right onto gravel forest service road 6360, go through gate and meetup will be at the Forest Service kiosk.

From Redmond or Sisters – drive on hwy 126 to Holmes Rd – turn north onto Holmes Rd. After 1.5 miles, take a right to stay on Holmes Rd. At Mile Post 7 turn left onto gravel forest service road 6360, go through gate and meetup will be at the Forest Service kiosk.

From Bend – drive west on hwy 20, after 13 miles turn right onto Fryrear Rd. Cross hwy 126 onto Holmes Rd. After 1.5 miles, take a right to stay on Holmes Rd. At Mile Post 7 take a left on forest service road 6360.

From the kiosk parking area we will carpool the additional 4.6 miles to the Alder Springs trailhead.

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