The Southshore Trail #529 has two segments a west side and an east side separated by a short portion of the Timothy Lake Trail #528
in the middle. The Southshore Trail #529 runs through Pine Point, The Cove, Hoodview, Gone Creek and Oak Fork Campgrounds and Day Use Areas along the south shore of Timothy Lake. While it is the most scenic part of the Timothy Lake Loop
, it is also the busiest and most populated. For those wanting fewer crowds, stay on the Timothy Lake Trail that avoids the campgrounds.
For those wanting to start near the dam, they can park at the Pine Point Day Use Area (day use fee or Northwest Forest Pass required). Head east on the Southshore Trail #529 west side where it passes through the Pine Point Day Use, Pine Point Campground, The Cove Day Use Area, and then Hoodview Campground. Just after leaving the campground, the trail ends and picks up the Timothy Lake Timothy Lake Trail #528
. Follow the Timothy Lake Trail for a short distance to where the Southshore Trail - East starts.
The Southshore Trail #529 - East starts in Gone Creek Campground and continues east through Oak Fork Campground. It ends east of Oak Fork Campground at the intersection with Timothy Lake Trail #528
near the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (closed to bikes).
Those wanting to continue around the lake on bikes need to take a right (south) on Timothy Lake Trail #528
a short distance uphill to its intersection with the Miller Trail #534
. You can follow Miller Trail #534
around Clackamas Lake Campground and pick up the Headwaters Trail #522
in the Joe Graham Campground. Across the street (Forest Road 42) from the entrance road to Joe Graham Campground is the Old 1916 Trail #537 aka Timothy Lake Bike Trail. It is also possible to just follow Miller Trail #534
to its intersection with Forest Road 57, turn left (east) on the road and turn left again on Road 42. Travel a short stretch and access the Old 1916 Trail #537 aka Timothy Lake Bike Trail across from the entrance to the Joe Graham Campground.
This part of the Timothy Lake Loop
is wonderful for beginner riders including children. There are plenty of spots to stop for water and restrooms in the campgrounds. The lake is a great spot to cool off.