Timothy Lake Trail

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Elevation Gain724ft
Trailhead Elevation3,239ft
Elevation Min/Max3233/3304ft
Elevation Start/End3239/3239ft

Timothy Lake Trail

Timothy Lake Trail is a hiking trail in Clackamas County, Oregon. It is within Mount Hood National Forest. It is 6.8 miles long and begins at 3,239 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 724 feet. The Trail map information is near the trailhead. There is also a picnic site. The North Arm Campground camp site and the Designated Camp SIte T-10 camp pitch can be seen along the trail. There are also restrooms along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail, Meditation Point Trail, North Arm Campground Access, Stone Creek Trail #491, Southshore Trail and Miller Trail.

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Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"A pristine lake in the middle of the forest with a Cascade peak in the background is a scene that’s never going to disappoint. Sitting on the south side of Mount Hood, Timothy Lake, formed as a result of the Timothy Lake Dam, is a great place to paddle. There’s just over 2 square miles of water to explore and several fetching lunch spots around the lake. Timothy Lake is about a 50-mile drive from Portland. At an elevation of 3,200 feet, the area can hold onto snow for a while. But once summer is in full swing, 33 Timothy Lake 175A kayaker paddles her way toward a better view of Mount Hood. the lake becomes quite popular. An 11-mile loop trail circumnavigates the lake, and there are a number of campgrounds as well as camping spots on the lake’s north end that are only accessible via boat or hiking trail." Read more

Timothy Lake Trail Reviews

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Reviewers here say this is a good trail for beginners and I would agree regarding the South Shore Trail and the Northwest Shore Trail. These are smooth single tracks with little to no elevation change. However, I am not a beginner and really enjoy these faster portions of this trail. There are portions of the loop trails that would be quite difficult for less skilled riders and these are mostly along the east and southeast segments of the loop. These have rocks and roots that require some understanding of picking a safe and effective line and short steep portions with quick transitions and some switchbacks that mean getting off the saddle and over the rear tire. Not for beginners without some coaching. The scenery is hard to beat anywhere: Great views, topography, flora, lake tributaries, and lakeside camping sites are quite soothing and memorable. The quintessential Cascade Lake ride. Oh, I strongly recommend clockwise if riding the loop system of trails...there are portions along the east and southeast sides of the lake that for me are better uphills and downhills when going this direction.
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Very pleasant trip around Timothy Lake. I went around clockwise and enjoyed it - quite a bit of single track with enough elevation changes to make things fun. Good choice for beginners (and those not in top shape :-) Only one 1/2 mile+ uphill slog on gravel double track, but the reward was a fun single track downhill. I turned it into a 14 mile ride. This would be a good choice to take someone new to mountain biking, but not for young children (though there are some parts around the lake that would be good if you are camping nearby anyway). If you want a little diversion, drive to the Little Crater Lake campground and take the short walk (not ride) to the lake.
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Not sure why they named it Timothy Creek, it's actually Timothy Lake. Anyway, this was a very nice ride for the family (my wife and our 3 teens) on a beautiful October day. Nobody else on the trail except a few horse folk. This would make a great introductory trail for new mountain bikers, but not little kids.
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This is a nice ride. I would recommend against the clockwise guide suggestion. We went counter-clockwise and the it just felt right. There is not much climbing on the whole ride, but by going around to the right, you get a really great downhill at the top of the lake. You need to bring a map with you as there are few intersections where it will help to pay attention. Unfortunately, it was foggy when we rode it, but the views of Hood are supposed to be great. I would recommend against breaking your finger in the first 10 mintues of a 13-mile ride. Other than that - it beat the hell out of working for the day.

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Trail Information

Mount Hood National Forest
Nearby City
Mount Hood National Forest
724 feet
Elevation Loss
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Mount Hood National Forest
Local Contacts
Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 49 C11
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Dec 2018