June 16, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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For quite some time I have been looking for a paved route into the mountains above and around Timothy Lake and I finally found it late last fall! Last year some of you may remember joining me for a ride on my lower route around Timothy lake but this ride is even more awesome, beautiful rock formations, great views of Mt. Hood and a cute little lake called Little Crater Lake that we get to stop at for lunch and water. Bring your cameras! Here is a link to the GPS
There is water at 25 miles where we stop for lunch but that is after several thousand feet of climbing so bring plenty of water. There are no food stops so bring your own! This is about 52 miles, elevation gain is around 4600' but the majority of that is in the first 20 miles, after that it is a kick ass roller coaster of a ride. Once we get to Timothy Lake those of you that still have legs have the option of staying on Skyline Rd and doing 73 miles and over 5600' of climbing, or we can return on Forest Rd 57 which is what I have mapped. I will be posting the entire 73 mile ride later this summer. We will regroup at the top of the hill climb then again at Little Crater Lake and Timothy Lake.
We will meet at the Trimet Park and ride just before Carver at 9:00 to consolidate cars or you can meet me at Ripplebrook Ranger Station at 10:00. My cell # is[masked] but cell phones won’t work once we are past Estacada. Rain will cancel this ride so if the weather looks iffy, check here the morning of the ride and I will post it for a later date.
If you have questions feel free to email me at [masked] but please don’t email asking me if I think you can do this ride, this ride is NOT for beginner or lower intermediate cyclists and if you have to ask if you can do it then this probably isn't the ride for you. Having said that, everyone that joins me for this ride will make it back safely, I will not leave anyone alone up on the deserted fire roads.
Anyone signing up for this ride is should already an experienced cyclist so you know the drill about safety, helmets, a bike in good working order, especially the brakes!