Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Central Oregon

Alder Springs/Whychus Creek Canyon

Jefferson County, Oregon

Crooked River National Grassland

Fees: none

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 2100'-2600'

Current status (as of 5/25/24): blooming

Notes: The road to the Alder Springs Trailhead is awful (doable in any car, but rocky and slow). For a hike through similar terrain that's easier to get to, check out the Scout Camp Trail on the other side of the Deschutes River, near Crooked River Ranch.

Peak wildflower bloom at Alder Springs/Whychus Creek Canyon is typically from late April through May into late June, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-April until the end of June.*

Typical year:

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.