Alder Springs

Here is an early season hike in the Crooked River National Grasslands to a canyon with some nice surprises. To find the trailhead, drive north of Terrebone on Highway 97 a short distance, go left on Lower Bridge Way, past the entrance to Crooked River Ranch, and several miles further to Holmes Road on the left. About two miles on …

Tam A Lau Trail

The Tam-a-lau trail is located on a peninsula at Lake Billy Chinook at the confluence of the Crooked River and the Deschutes River. The trailhead is well-marked at the Cove Palisades State Park. This may be the best early spring place to find wildflowers in Central Oregon. April to mid-May would be my recommendation, depending on the kind of a …