Timothy Lake Loop

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Timothy Lake Loop is a 15 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Estacada, Oregon that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
984 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

trail running
1 month ago

The Alltrails map has some incorrections. First of all, if you stick to the trails that hug the lake, that includes the PCT part, you’ll be doing about 13 miles. Be prepared to go through some campsites, bicycles, and horses on the southern side of the lake. Since I’m a trail runner, I got a lot of strange looks.
Now here’s where it gets tricky. If you are using the red outlined map Alltrails provides, the “old trail 539” has been accommodated for off-road bicycles and isn’t marked as the “old trail” when you’re at the junction. Plus, it added 5 miles to my run, which brought the total to more like 18 instead of the 15 miles that Alltrails has it at. Fortunately, I didn’t see any bicyclists on the old trail, but that may be different on the weekends. It looked like a place for competitive off-road bicycling. It might be smart to check if there’s an event before you take the hike.
A nicer hike would be to start at the Little Crater Lake trailhead, take the “bike” old trail and circle back to the trailhead using the PCT side of the lake. This way you avoid all the campers and day users. Again, make sure there’s no bicycling event.

backpacking
2 months ago

This hike is about 13-15 miles around the lake, no significant elevation worth noting and very easy terrain! We hiked around the lake from Little Crater Lake and set up camp at Meditation Point. It was really beautiful and a nice view of the lake! Next time we will definitely take a fishing pole. The next morning we hiked the rest of the way around the lake. Note: Park rangers do come by tent sites (even hike-in sites) to check everyone is following the rules. Trails are maintained well, tent sites were clean and hike-in camp sites are first come first serve but during this weekend we had plenty to choose from!

11 months ago

great trail easy to moderate for mtb, just watch out for stupid hikers without paying attention to themselves or to their dogs

camping
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Beautiful lake. very easy hike, but they're adamant about keeping your dog on a leash.

hiking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great for a day outing. Easy water along the trail. Wasn't busy when I went. Gorgeous views of the lake and plenty of opportunities to put your feet in.

backpacking
Monday, May 29, 2017

Crowded, but beautiful.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Quiet with spectacular views. Not much traffic during the week. One of my favorite.

trail running
Friday, May 27, 2016

Great mellow trail run. Mostly single track with little elevation.

hiking
Thursday, July 30, 2015

The loop is a little closer to 13 miles, if you hike from your campsite all the way around the lake. One of my first 10+ mile hikes, and it was a good one to start with. Not too much up and down hiking, but is still very scenic as parts of the trail pass through forest and other parts approach the lake. Amazing hike for long distance beginners!

hiking
Monday, July 27, 2015

Very well maintained trail. The segment through the campgrounds on the south shore were a bit boring but the other segments were incredible. I was amazed at the number of backcountry sites around the lake. A great place for a persons first backpacking trip.

Friday, June 26, 2015

This was 13 miles of walking around a lake, which was nice to look at for the first 2 hours... We drove from Portland expecting to see more. Not worth the 13 mile trek for what you see... Little Crater Lake off the trail is pretty. I wouldn't want to do again unless I went there to camp. Final thought: if you're coming from more than an hour away, find somewhere else to go. Not worth the drive and the walk isn't worth the views.

hiking
Sunday, April 19, 2015

13 miles of very well-maintained trail. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance so be prepared.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

It was more like 13 miles, but it was a well groomed for 90% of the trail. We averaged about 4 miles an hour and took breaks. We completed the hike in 4 hours. It is great to take a plunge into the lake when your done.

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

Fun loop hike for the kids! Great views and nice trails

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mountain biking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

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Monday, June 26, 2017

backpacking
Friday, June 23, 2017

recorded PCT

Monday, May 30, 2016

mountain biking
Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saturday, July 07, 2012

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