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Timothy Lake Challenge

  • Length:
    69.9 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Extreme
  • Nearby Cities:
    Rhododendron, Estacada, Government Camp, Welches
  • Region:
    Mt. Hood / The Gorge

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Start east on OR-224 E/Clackamas Hwy 0.5 miles (803 meters)
Slight right onto National Forest Development Rd 46 230 feet (70 meters)
Slight left onto National Forest Development Rd 57 0.6 miles (943 meters)
Head northwest on National Forest Development Rd 58 10.8 miles (17307 meters)
Turn left to stay on National Forest Development Rd 58 3 miles (4834 meters)
Turn right onto 58 66 feet (20 meters)
Head northwest on Abbott Rd/National Forest Development Rd 58 276 feet (84 meters)
Head south on 58 1.9 miles (3134 meters)
Head east on Abbott Rd/National Forest Development Rd 58 4.7 miles (7619 meters)
Head west on Abbott Rd/National Forest Development Rd 58 89 feet (27 meters)
Head east on Abbott Rd/National Forest Development Rd 58 0.2 miles (257 meters)
Head north on National Forest Development Rd 58 2.8 miles (4491 meters)
Continue east on National Forest Development Rd 58 1.1 miles (1824 meters)
Head south on Abbott Rd/National Forest Develop Rd 58 4.6 miles (7473 meters)
Turn right onto S-42 Rd/Oregon Skyline Rd 1.3 miles (2117 meters)
Head north on National Forest Development Rd 42 2.8 miles (4579 meters)
Turn left on National Forest Development Rd 42/Oregon Skyline Rd 2.3 miles (3634 meters)
Continue southwest on National Forest Development Rd 42/Oregon Skyline Rd 3.7 miles (5897 meters)
20/National Forest Development Rd 42 turns slightly left and becomes National Forest Development Rd 370 10.6 miles (17118 meters)
Head northwest on 42 3.4 miles (5458 meters)
Continue west on Clackamas River Rd/National Forest Development Rd 46 14 miles (22482 meters)
Continue north on National Forest Development Rd 46 0.8 miles (1327 meters)
Continue onto OR-224 W/Clackamas Hwy 0.5 miles (781 meters)

Meander through the Mt. Hood National Forest for 66 miles on quiet, low-traffic roads on one of the most scenic forest routes around. At the start, follow Highway 224/Forest Road (FR) 46 south for half a mile before turning left on FR 57 to begin a major climb up to the High Rock View Point (the road turns into FR 58 partway up), where riders will be rewarded with a spectacular view of Mt. Hood and the surrounding National Forest. (At the top of the climb you’ll reach a “T” junction; go left up the hill about half a mile to the viewpoint, then retrace back to the T and go straight through it this time.)

Follow FR 58 east from High Rock to Timothy Lake. You’ll pass Little Crater Lake; if you turn into the campground and go about 100 yards, there’s a pump-handle well in the trees on your right for water refills. At the east end of Timothy Lake head south on FR 42; after another shorter, steep climb just past the historic ranger station, you’ll be rewarded with five miles of screaming downhill on a great road, followed by 15 miles of gradual downhill beside the river.

This ride is for advanced cyclists only, with thousands of feet of climbing.

Motorized Vehicle Traffic: Light

Seasons: Spring – Fall

Start/End Point: Ripplebrook Ranger Station: 61451 Hwy. 224 (approx. 26 miles southeast of Estacada on Hwy. 224).

Download a PDF version of the route map.

  • Submitted By:
    Clackamas County Tourism
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Comments

  1. Bring your tools, you’re not likely to see anyone on this ride.

  2. Beautiful route! Water available at Little Crater Lake campground just off FR58, and at Clackamas Lake Ranger Station on FR42 near the Timothy Lake turn off. WARNING: use caution on the narrow one lane bridge near the end of the really long final descent of FR42. Some of the wood planks have gaps big enough to grab a bicycle wheel.

  3. Spectacular ride! Initial climb is 16 miles of relentless uphill between 4 – 10%. Approx. 6’000 feet total. Great descents!

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