Timothy Lake-High Rock Road Ride is Ideal on a Hot Day
Posted by Mt Hood Vacation Rentals | Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Timothy Lake in the Mt Hood National Forest is an ideal location for beating the summer heat in the city. At over 3500 feet, the high temp yesterday was about 88 degrees, less in the shade and the water temp was 72 degrees! Awesome.

I rode the Timothy Lake-High Rock loop around the lake on practically deserted roads. There is almost no traffic here, so you can pick your line on the pavement and have a very safe ride. At the end of ride, a dip in the lake is super refreshing.
A couple of notes about the ride. Do it clockwise, the one 6-mile big hill is steep and big, but then you are done climbing; the rest is rolly-polly or mostly downhill. If you go the other way, you have a long, slow slog uphill for the first 1/2 of the ride. And you finish with a 5-mile uphill. This way you get the climbing out of the way early. You can find a detailed map and ride profile at Click on "Find a Ride", then enter Mt Hood, Oregon and look for rides within 30 miles. If you are not a member, you can register for free in about 2 minutes.
Bring plenty of water and food as this is in the middle of the forest, there are not stores. There is water at the lake and at mile 26 at Little Crater Lake Campground. There is a really nice 18-mie mountain bike trail around the lake as well as other mountain bike trails in the area.
This ride is posted at Mt Hood Territory (the upper loop on their map), but they haven't noted the wash-out at about mile 2.5. There is a section of road for about 2/10 of a mile that requires you to walk your bike; the rest is nicely paved.
Paul and the boys and the dogs spent the afternoon swimming with the dogs. Just a fun place to go to get out of the city heat in the summer.

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