Timberline to Town Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -1,845' -562 m
High: 5,941' 1,811 m
Low: 4,096' 1,249 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“This flow trail drops 2,000 feet over 5.5 miles from iconic Timberline Lodge to Crosstown Trail.”— Kathleen Walker
Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown
Need to Know
Set up a shuttle or use the SAM (Sandy Area Metro) from Gresham and then catch the Mt. Hood Express up to Timberline - both buses have bike racks. You can continue on Crosstown and Maggie's Trail to Government Camp, or continue onto Pioneer Bridle another 8 miles down to the town of Rhododendron. Alternatively, you can stage a car at the Timberline Ski area sno-park and another at one of the many Government Camp Trail System Trailheads (see map).
While you can ride up Timberline to Town, it is not recommended due to conflicts with downhill riders. We also discourage hiking on the trail. Bikers can ride up Westleg Road as an alternative to getting to the top of TL2T. Crosstown Trail can be busy, so slow down approaching the intersection and yield to pedestrians.
There are no creek crossings on Timberline to Town, so you need to pack water for Fido!
About 1.3 miles in, you cross back to the east side of the old Glade Ski Trail. As you go lower, there are some tighter corkscrew turns and vestiges of the old Blossom Ski Trail as well as the corridor that had a ski lift mounted city bus used as a gondola between Government Camp and Timberline from the 1950's to 1962. The trail should be distinguishable from these other routes. If you were worried about your brakes, there are occasional grade reversals to give them a break.
Just as you cross the old Glade Trail opening, you reach the intersection with Crosstown Trail. At this point, you need to slow down as there is hiker/biker congestion and less visibility of Crosstown riders coming from the east here. You can continue across Crosstown Trail a short way on the old Glade Trail and that puts you out on East Blossom Trail Way Road which can be followed into downtown.
Please do not park or stage cars at the end of this road as there is not trailhead parking and the local residents on that road will become upset.
Want to keep riding? Take a right (head west) on Crosstown Trail #755 and continue onto Pioneer Bridle Trail #795 to the village of Rhododendron. See Timberline to Rhododendron featured ride.
History & Background
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict