Ann Padget led a hike with Pat Moen on Tuesday, September 27, to Alder Springs and onto the confluence of Whychus Creek with the Deschutes. This hike requires a crossing of Whychus Creek, so everyone brought a pair of water shoes they changed into. The weather was projected to be warm (80’s) so it was perfect for the creek crossing which was almost knee deep. The water was cool but not uncomfortably so. They hiked on to the confluence of the Whychus with the Deschutes River. The weather warmed up quickly and the hike back to the trailhead was HOT. They were all looking forward to the creek crossing where they lingered awhile to cool off. Everyone dipped handkerchiefs and clothing into the water to help keep cool on the hike out. The geologic formations alone are worth doing this hike. For those wanting to hike this trail, a high clearance vehicle is required as the road is pretty bad with deep ruts.