Timothy Lake Upper Loop Ride

  • 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

http://ridewithgps.com/routes/723123

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!

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  • Mark Chasse

    My wife and I did this loop last week. Beautiful ride and light traffic. Tough hills for the first 15 miles, but not much after that. I would point out a couple of things if anyone's thinking about doing this: 1: there's a point around mile 15, where there are a number of turns on the list. In practice, it's really one turn, at the top of the hill to the right (don't take that left). I couldn't figure out what the other turns were for even. 2: route 57 after Timothy Lake is a gravel road for about 10 miles. It's flat or slightly downhill, but be prepared for a bumpy ride. I would do it again, but I might figure out a way around that gravel.

    August 14, 2012

  • Jenn

    Did anyone go on this ride? i was curious to hear if the upper route is open. Weather permitting im planning to camp at Timothy lake this weekend and do the upper and lower loops.

    June 18, 2012

  • Carol C

    If Kent goes riding in the woods, are there any Bobbies there to see him? ;0)

    June 18, 2012

  • mike f

    Sorry I'm only 50:50 at this point

    June 15, 2012

  • mike f

    I think I can do saturday, meet at carver

    June 15, 2012

  • Diana

    I'm good with Saturday and am bringing a plus one.

    June 15, 2012

  • Stephen Plourde

    Sounds good, Kent. Should be a great day for a ride.

    June 14, 2012

  • Paul Johnston

    Sally, you should expect it to be chilly. If my knee lets me do it, I'll pack leg and arm warmers, full finger gloves, and a jacket, and wear a base layer. It's 1000 feet higher than Larch and could easily be in the forties at the top. Better to lug too much than freeze yr buns off.

    June 14, 2012

  • Sally Ortiz

    Kent-suggest what we should pack/wear. I wasn't prepared for Larch Mountain and if Doak hadn't pulled an Eric and had 2 of everything I would have been left for frozen. What temp is expected between bottom and top of elevation?

    June 14, 2012

  • Max

    Carpool: Anybody else from the Beaverton/Tigard area doing this ride?

    June 14, 2012

  • Kent

    We will just do the upper loop as scheduled. I can't imagine we will run into enough snow to stop us. Last weekend we were above 4000' and didn't see any snow...and this is a southern exposure and only 500 ft more. If we do hit snow it won't be until 25 miles into the ride so we will still get our 50 miles in.

    June 14, 2012

  • Kent

    The road back was wash out long ago so there is a short stretch that we have to carry our bikes across a creek. Last weekend I brought a small towel, waded across barefoot, dried my feet, and put my shoes back on...

    June 14, 2012

  • Kent

    Shouldn't take us longer than 4 hours to knock out 52 miles...be back at the cars around 1pm...unless we want to do the entire 73 mile loop.

    June 14, 2012

  • Sally Ortiz

    haha! I was thinking the very same thing Max! I figured if I asked I would be told to read last post. snort!

    June 14, 2012

  • Max

    @Kent: One more thing: We start @ 9AM. What time do you plan to finish? 3PM?

    June 14, 2012

  • Kent

    Great Stephen! I'd like to carpool. See you around 8 am in Carver...

    June 14, 2012

  • Stephen Plourde

    Kent: I'll be coming from NE PDX, 57th and Sandy. Can meet you at Carver and leave from there if that works.

    June 13, 2012

  • Kent

    Stephan...Both routes are similar in distance and elevation...this one gets all the climbing out of the way in the first 20 miles then yee-haw! I live out in Happy Valley off of Sunnyside Rd. Want to carpool?

    June 12, 2012

  • Stephen Plourde

    Was wondering the difference between the two routes. Did the lower last year (had to bow out of Art's ride this past Sunday) but would be fine doing so again if the upper is not open. @Kent: where do you live?

    June 12, 2012

  • Max

    @paul: no UAV. Most likely my MDX should suffice for the 2 of us. Maybe I can take one more rider; but they will need to remove their wheels & put the bike in.

    June 12, 2012

  • Paul Johnston

    Hey Kent, great to see you posting on BoB!

    June 12, 2012

  • Paul Johnston

    Max, sounds good. UAV?

    June 12, 2012

  • Max

    @Paul: Carpool?

    June 11, 2012

  • Paul Johnston

    Looks like the perfect Lolo Pass tune up ride. I'll be there if nothing come up.

    June 11, 2012

  • Jenn

    I cant make Sunday but Im interested in doing the ride sometime soon. I heard the snow level was around 4000ft this weekend, do you know if the road is clear?

    June 11, 2012

  • Sally Ortiz

    Carol- I read Art did the lower and Kent will be doing the upper. You going to ride with us?

    June 11, 2012

  • Carol C

    Is this the same Ride that you and Art did this past Sunday?

    June 11, 2012

  • Carol C

    Here kitty, kitty......

    June 11, 2012

  • Sally Ortiz

    ooooohhh promise????? snort, snort

    June 11, 2012

  • Sally Ortiz

    kent--do you think I can do this ride????heheheheheh

    June 11, 2012

  • Max

    Kent: Can u move the ride to Sunday?

    June 10, 2012

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