Alder Falls plunges 30 feet from a rock outcrop jutting out of the creek and continues its cascade over the rocks lining the riverbed. The falls spans about 15 feet across at its widest section. From Big Bay - Travel County Road 550 South toward Marquette approximately 6 miles past Crams General Store. Just past the bridge over Alder Creek, you will see a "two-track" trail on your right (just south of the bridge and creek). Turn on to this trail and stay to the left trail of the the fork. Drive .6 of a mile and you will see a small sign on the right nailed to a tree that says "No motorized vehicles or litter please," park here. The trail starts here and is distinct but slopping towards the falls. The falls are about a 5 minute walk down a steep trail. You can hear the falls as you walk.
From Big Bay - Travel County Road 550 south 1.7 miles past Cram's General Store to County Road 510. Travel about 7 miles (you will cross the steel bridge which spans the Yellow Dog River as directed for Yellow Dog Falls). Drive approximatley 2 miles farther on the winding road. Just after you pass a BIG BLACK ROCK the size of a house, you will see a bridge. Park safely off to the side of the road before the bridge. Walk down the hill off the road right of way to the falls.
Little Garlic Falls are approximately 14 miles south of Cram's General Store in Big Bay.Take County Road 550 south. Just before (approximately .2 of a mile) the Little Garlic bridge, is a parking area on the right. Park here, there is a sign for the Donnelly Catch & Release Preserve. The walking trail follows the northeast shore of the river about 1/2 mile to the falls.
From Big Bay - Travel County Road 550 South toward Marquette approximately 1.7 miles past Cram's General Store to County Road 510. Turn right (west) on County Road 510. Travel about 7 miles to the steel bridge across the Yellow Dog River. Cross the bridge and park on the left (south) side of the road. Follow the hiking trail on the west side of the river approximately 1/2 mile downstream. This is a nice walking trail with few ground obstacles. You will approach the falls from the top.