15 miles
3,010 ft
-3,014 ft
Avg time
Trail Supporters, Builders & Maintainers of Timothy Lake #528 Trail


  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Government Camp
    , Oregon
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Both Directions
    Popular direction shown
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical Rating
  • Season
    June - October
  • Dogs Allowed
  • eBike Allowed
  • Global Ranking
    #39062 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    30 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    United States Forest Service

Without any heartbreaking climbs, this loop allows you to get in the groove of a wonderful slice of PNW scenery. Mostly circumnavigating the namesake lake, the trail provides plenty of swimming opportunities and shots of Mt. Hood to the north. Bring a cooler full of food and drinks, and make a day out of your visit to this relaxing destination.

Route Details
There are many places to start this ride but The Cove campground is a common spot with a both a campground and a day use area. The trail is frequently ridden in the clockwise direction so you can get your legs warmed up while you enjoy views of the lake. While the southern shore, with its many campgrounds and put-ins, can seem a bit crowded when you start your ride, the crowds quickly melt away as you ply the singletrack along the northern shore.

For about five miles you’ll have the lake to your right as you navigate the trail. At the far northeast corner of the lake the trail forks: the segment that stays along the shoreline is part of the fabled Pacific Crest Trail, and is closed to bikes. No worries, you’re up for a more adventurous loop, anyway, so stay to the left onto Old 1916 Trail heading south. As you slowly pull away from the lake the trail takes on a more remote feeling, hemmed in by classic Pacific Northwest conifer forests. The relatively flat terrain of the shoreline also gives way to short climbs and descents, giving you an opportunity to alternately get your heart pumping on the ups and feeling the flow on the downs.

While still mostly out of view, once you pass the southeast corner of the lake you’ll cross a few forest roads (including the one you drove in on) and begin a circuitous route towards the southern shore. You’ll hop onto Miller Trail #534 and pass several campgrounds, including Clackamas Lake, Old Fork, and Gone Creek, giving you a chance to scope them out for your future camping trip.

Because you’ll most assuredly want to come back, and next time stay for a couple of days. Maybe ride the trail clockwise one day, and then counterclockwise the next. Perhaps bring the kids for a short trail outing in the morning followed by a swim in the afternoon. Whatever your next adventure to Timothy Lake, you can be sure it’ll be worth it, with Mt. Hood always standing watch from the north.

The popular Oregon Timber Trail uses part of the Timothy Lake loop.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Timothy Lake Trail #528 bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -3 ft
  • Altitude min
    3,230 ft
  • Altitude max
    3,644 ft
  • Altitude start
    3,270 ft
  • Altitude end
    3,266 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    7 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    4,036 ft
  • Avg time
  • view trail stats
on Jul 26, 2019
Avg: 3.4 (5 votes)

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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
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  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • eBike Charging Point eBike Charging Point
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Gate Gate
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
  • Bridge Bridge
  • Camping Camping
  • Cabin Cabin
  • Lodge Lodge
  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
  • Dock Dock
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      Timothy Lake... Trail Reports

      Jul 26, 2019 @ 11:01pm
      Jul 26, 2019
      Fun trail around Timothy Lake. Ride it clockwise, took about 3 hours due to a rider in the group being on a gravel bike and inexperienced. A lot...
      Jul 20, 2019 @ 7:44pm
      Jul 20, 2019
      Dry dry dry. The trail description for this trail is great, just know the gps is a little off. But the trail is very well marked...just stay on...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      • 0 rides
      6 Months
      • 10 rides
      • 16 miles avg distance
      • 4 rides


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      2 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      flag JackTrumbull (Jul 15, 2018 at 17:49)
       Timothy Lake and trail #528 is about 1200’ total accent.
      • + 1
      flag Goostew65 (Apr 1, 2019 at 13:23)
       Although most of the trail's description is fairly accurate, there are a few sections on the east side, away from Timothy Lake that are a bit more challenging than "easy." I have biked the lake several times, and there is a spot or two where you need to navigate a slightly technical, rocky section. In addition, there is always a chance of pedal strike with some sneaky rocks/roots hidden in trail-side flora. All in all, a great trail and a great workout. I wish they maintained the trail better in some sections, but it is what it is.

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