“This trail follows all but the eastern side of Timothy Lake. Great views of Mt. Hood and Jefferson.
— Tige Phillips
The road from Hwy 26 is typically closed from October to June. Maintain control of dogs. Walk your bike on the Pacific Crest Trail - bikes prohibited!
This is a particle segment of the Timothy Lake Loop
and is the tamer section. If you were hiking the Pacific Crest Trail you could add this section to see more of the lake. There are a few hike-a-bike sections as well depending on the current conditions of tree fall on the southern side. You'll find some smaller climbs in the southwest corner, but nothing drastic. The rest of the trail you'll find mostly wide and primarily dirt track with some gravel spots.
Once you are on the northern end of this trail you'll have less foot traffic until nearing the end, but don't forget to hit Meditation Point
. The dam on the western end is also a very cool sight to see as it aerates the water to enhance the fish habitat downstream. Bathrooms can be found near both ends of this trail, and in the middle. All by campgrounds.
The southern portion of this trail can be very damp/wet. Use some caution and common sense about riding in the mud. There are often dryer trails nearby that can be taken to avoid unnecessary damage.
This trail ends at the Pacific Crest Trail at its northern extent. To connect with the Old 1916 Trail #537 and finish your Mt. Bike trip around the lake, you need to walk your bike on the PCT for about 100 yards over a marsh area. It's very well marked where you need to walk and will help to keep the peace with other users in the area.