Timothy Lake Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,089' 332 m
Descent: -1,091' -333 m
High: 3,425' 1,044 m
Low: 3,230' 984 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“This nearly 12 mile long run around the shore of Timothy Lake has plenty of opportunities to cool off with a swim.”— Kathleen Walker
Continue north on Timothy Lake Trail #528 as it skirts the shoreline with another bridge over a tributary towards North Arm Campground. North Arm Campground is at mile 3.5. Here there is a small boat launch and day use area with some walk-in campsites. The North Arm Campground was reconstructed in 2015, as part of a requirement of Portland General Electric to provide recreation facilities for a power generating site (Timothy Lake Dam and Clackamas River dams). The trail has been relocated to the west, around the campsites. his is a good spot for a break with water and restrooms available.
The trail crosses the campground loop road and then the campground entrance road, before continuing into the forest headed north towards Little Crater Lake and the junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at mile 4.5. Here, you may wish to take a short detour north on the PCT and then east on Little Crater Lake Trail #500 to see a small breathtaking (pond sized) lake. If you want to fill your water bottles with the best artesian water in Mt. Hood National Forest (in my opinion), work your way out towards the entrance to the Little Crater Lake Campground near the gate to the hand pump and fill 'er up.
Otherwise at the PCT junction, turn right (south) onto the Pacific Crest Trail. This trail is closed to bikes but open to horses. Most of this section of trail, stays within sight of the lake. On a hot day, there will be plenty of spots to cool off with a dip in the lake. The run along the east side of the lake is as long as the west side, and you'll head into the forest on the southeast corner of the lake to meet the intersection with the Timothy Lake Trail #528 at mile 8. Turn right (southwest) onto the Timothy Lake Trail #528 and you'll soon cross the Oak Fork of the Clackamas River on a large bridge. Just over the bridge, is the junction with the Southshore Trail #529 that passes through all five campground/day use areas on the south shore of the lake. If you want to avoid the chaos in the campgrounds, you can stay on Timothy Lake Trail #528. If you want to stay along the lakeshore, turn right (west) on the Shoreline trail #529.
Following the Southshore Trail #529 you'll soon reach Oak Fork Campground, followed by Gone Creek Campground (mile 9). Just past the Gone Creek Campground, the Southshore Trail #529 meets up with the Timothy Lake Trail #528 again and becomes the Timothy Lake Trail #528. Stay along the shoreline and keep heading west. The trail will be in younger second growth forest here, crossing a tributary until it leads towards Hoodview Campground. As the trail winds around a lake cove, there is another intersection with the for Timothy Lake Trail #528 and Southshore Trail #529 with the same choice of campgrounds verses inland forest (this time it crosses Forest Road 57 and parallels the road. Again, both options lead back to the trailhead.
Assuming you opt for the shoreline, the trail goes through Hoodview Campground, and then passes through the newly renovated Cove Day Use Area (used to be a walk-in campground area). Follow the trail around the shoreline and through the Pine Point Campground and then the back to the Pine Point Day Use area.
Land Manager: USFS - Mt. Hood National Forest - Zigzag Ranger Distict