Southshore Trail #529
ElevationAscent: 314' 96 m
Descent: -236' -72 m
High: 3,335' 1,016 m
Low: 3,228' 984 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“The Southshore Trail skirts the south shore of Timothy Lake and travels through campgrounds and day use areas.”— Kathleen Walker
Starting at the Pine Point Day Use Area, the loop trail around Timothy Lake may be taken clockwise or counter-clockwise. The following description is based on a counter-clockwise trip. From the south end of the dam at the Pine Point Day Use Area, begin working along the shoreline headed east.
You'll pass a couple of fishing piers and a boat ramp in the Pine Point Campground. At this point, you'll be moving past campsites and in some cases, campers may extend their tents near or across the trail. This will be the case in the other 4 campgrounds you'll cross through. Continue past the campsites, round the shoreline and you'll be entering into The Cove Day Use Area. This used to be a bunch of walk-in campsite but it has since been reconstructed into a day use area to concentrate day use away from camping areas. The day use area has an amphitheater and playground as well as picnic tables. At the end of The Cove Day Use Area, this section of the Southshore Trail ends and becomes the Timothy Lake Trail #528.
Continue past the Cove and get to the short stretch of undeveloped part of the south shoreline. As you approach the Gone Creek Campground, the second segment of the Shoreline Trail picks up again. Continue through Gone Creek Campground and cross a boat ramp and shoreline use area. Just past a cluster of campsites, you soon come to more campsites that are the Oak Fork Campground, with another boat ramp and use area. The Southshore Trail continues for another 1/3 mile east till it comes to the intersection with the Timothy Lake Trail #528 again. Turn left (north) on the Timothy Lake Trail #528 for 400 feet and cross the Oak Fork of the Clackmas on a large log bridge. Just past the bridge, you hit the Pacific Crest Trail #2000.
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict