Timothy Lake Trail

4.20 out of 5
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↑ 1,600 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Going clockwise, it starts out as a rolling, swooping single track. Fir needles, a few roots, nice. After you walk your bike two hundred yards on the Pacific Crest Trail, the trail changes to more rocky single track with steeper pitches. You cross a few roads, but there isn't much traffic up there. The part around Clackamas Lake is pretty easy--very dusty in late summer. The latter part of the ride on the east side of Timothy Lake has a few technical spots, but nothing too serious. Come out on forest road 57, cross the dam, and you're done. The trail itself can be a good workout for beginners and experience in riding the trail will vary whether you ride it clockwise or counter-clockwise.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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  Hap Proctor   on Sep 27, 2015
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Reviews (5)

July 22, 2016
Review: I took a group from the Mt High Snowsports Club last October. Researched it the October before. Both great trips. No one around in October. We carpooled and skipped the steepish part between Timothy and Clackamas Lake. We parked our cars on the road after the old Ranger's station and went clockwise around to Little Crater Lake parking lot. A good time was had by all. We had beginners and also wanted to go eat lunch at a good time so we skipped the one steepish part.


September 28, 2015
Review: Plenty of fun here. The loop actually consist of several trails. The Timothy Lake Trail (#528) is a 7 mile smooth & wide path that is perfect for raw beginners. The Headwater (#522), Miller (#534) and Old 1916 (#537) trails that complete the loop are a bit more technical but definitely low stress rides. Beautiful ride through the forest. Additionally, Southshore Trail (#529) provides scenic views of the lake with Mt. Hood in the background from the Hood View Campground to the dam.

Granny Gear

July 21, 2015
Review: Its a good trail to ride if your in camping or just there for the day and want something to do. Pretty straightforward mainly with a couple of areas that are rather tricky. There are also a couple of downhill areas that are entertaining to ride but differ in whether your riding the trail clockwise or counter-clockwise. Besides that, you got some great views of the lake in different parts of the trail.

Bunny Hop

June 24, 2014
Whomprat Bunny Hop  
Review: This was definitely a good trail to take a beginner on. The first 1/2 is pretty easy and good to get their feet wet (not literally...). There's a few hills, and a few good downhills for speed. A couple of places with clumps of roots and groupings of rocks, but nothing major. The second 1/2 after the walking section is definitely a little more technical, but again, nothing that a beginner with any sense of balance couldn't navigate. It does get a little dustier, and hillier and rockier and rootier (is that a word?), but still good and fun. Well worth taking a day of riding for as long as you don't want something crazy.


June 4, 2014
Review: Great trail for beginners; albeit, there are a few tricky spots along the loop. Didn't meet any other bikers along the mostly single track trail. You must walk your bike at one point along the Pacific Crest Trail--maybe a couple hundred yards. With the little bit of altitude and its 12 miles, the loop is a nice workout.

Timothy Lake Trail MTB Trail 4.20 out of 5 based on 5 ratings. 5 user reviews.
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