Area Status: Open
This trail follows the north, south and west shores of Timothy Lake. There are great views of Timothy Lake and several views of Mount Hood and Mount Jefferson. There are several loop options from this trail.
This trail is most frequently accessed from the dam on the south side of Timothy Lake but, there are several points to start from. To access this trail the north end, from Little Crater Lake Campground, take Little Crater Lake Trail #500 west 0.3 mile to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Turn south on Pacific Crest Trail #2000 and follow it for 0.3 mile to the junction with Timothy Lake Trail #528. Turn right and follow Timothy Lake Trail along the east shore of the lake. After 3 miles the trail reaches Meditation Point. Meditation Point Trail #526 makes a nice side trip to the lake or a nice camping spot. Continue another 1.3 miles along Timothy Lake Trail to the dam and cross Oak Grove Fork Clackamas River. For the next 3 miles the trail travels along the south shore of Timothy Lake and finally joins the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Hikers can make a 12.5 mile loop around the lake by going left on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 for 3.5 miles before rejoining the Timothy Lake Trail #528 at the north end of Timothy Lake. Mountain Bikers are best off using the trailheads around Timothy Lake because bikes are not allowed on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000. Mountain bikers can make a 15.4 mile loop by combining Timothy Lake Trail #528 with Miller Trail #534, Headwaters Trail #522 and Old 1916 Trail #537. You must walk your bike north on the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 to the Old 1916 Trail #537.
Trail Description & Map (PDF File)
At a Glance
From Portland to the north end of the trail, take U.S. Hwy 26 40.2 miles southeast of Sandy to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right (west) at Skyline Road (Forest Road 42) and travel 1.1 miles to Forest Road 2660. Drive 2.5 miles on Forest Road 2660 and turn left at Abbott Road (Forest Road 58). Travel 1.7 miles to the Little Crater Lake Campground and turn right (west) into the campground. Follow the campground road west to the trailhead parking. Take Little Crater Lake Trail #500.
From Portland to the southerly end of the trail, take U.S. Hwy 26 40.2 miles southeast of Sandy to Skyline Road (Forest Road 42). Turn right at the sign (Forest Road 42), and continue 8.3 miles to the junction with Forest Road 57. Turn right and continue 3.6 miles and cross over the dam. Turn right and drive 0.1 miles to a road intersection. Turn right on a gravel road and travel 0.1 miles to the Timothy Lake #528 trailhead parking area.