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Timothy Lake Road

  • Length:
    14.6 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Welches, Rhododendron, Zig Zag
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge

Trailhead Elevation: 1496 ft

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Start from the Ripplebrook Ranger station, where you can buy snacks and whatnot… then proceed up the climb to Timothy Lake. The road is often gravel and mostly next to a lovely strong river. There is free camping along the road as well as many smaller trails that need to be ridden. When you get to Timothy Lake, the loop trail around it is really fun and rideable on a road or cross bike – a mountain bike isn’t necessary. If it’s summer, go for a swim, then ride back to Ripplebrook. An extra addition could be to go to Bagby Hot Springs, which while a paved road is very low traffic. There are many campgrounds nearby. Combine with Timothy Lake Loop (


  1. A couple notes about this route;

    I couldn’t find the Ripplebrook store. I stopped at the camp store to ask them where I should leave my car, and they advised me that riding a bike on NF-57 wasn’t a good idea. It was a beautiful summer weekend afternoon, and I wanted to ride! So I decided to do it anyway.

    The road is very narrow and curvy, so when a car encountered me it was hard for them to pass safely, and when they did pass I got a face full of dust. There was way more traffic on that road than I thought there would be. I didn’t see one other person on a bike my entire ride, though.

    The gravel was pretty deep and loose in sections even for my 40c tires. There were ruts from the cars that you could ride in that were less deep, but when a car came I had to move out of them in order for them to pass. Ascending was fine, but on some of the faster descents on my way back from the lake I was wishing I had ridden a different bike.

    I guess this is why there are no comments on this one!

    The bush camping along the route is awesome, and the entire route, especially the loop around Timothy Lake, is really pretty. However I wouldn’t really recommend this ride. Do the Deschutes River Rail Trail or something instead.

  2. Thanks for the info, DC!

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Ryan Francesconi

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