13 miles of hiking • 1250' elevation gain • 2 nights

We took a trip down Carcass Canyon in the low desert and camped near the confluence of Whychus and Deschutes. Hiked upstream on the Whychus and spent the second night at Alder Springs. Had it to ourselves because the main TH has not opened yet. The winter was very hard on the deer population and we encountered many dead animals, so many that some had not been predated or scavanged. Just rotting away, sometimes right on the trail.