T2T (Timberline to Town)

Development Route

Note: This is a Development Route, meaning that it is a work in progress and currently does not meet the Dirty Freehub 5 Star standard for great routes.

We think this route has great potential as that cross-over ride, something where a mountain bike is a bit too much bike and a standard gravel bike is not enough. The route starts with a 6 mile paved road climb, on a low traffic single lane one-way road, to the historic Timberline Lodge and then descends 2000 feet via a flowy single track trail.

We have not ridden any of this route, but is sure has our attention! If you give it a go we would appreciate ride report via the Share Your Ride form or at least some feedback below using the comment block. Pictures would be great!

Adventure / Gravel Route

Loop: 13 miles / 2100 ft gain
– Surface: 50% single track, 50% paved
eBike Friendly: No
– Location: ~ Portland, OR
– Published: March 2021

Terrain & Technical Riding Difficulty[what this means]


There is ~ 6 miles of flowy, downhill single track that is rated at mountain bike moderte.

When we like to ride this …

Mid-summer to early fall. The major go / no-go criteria for this route is snow on the ground. The route is between 4,000 to 6,000 feet and over half of it is in the trees,

The Start

Government Camp rest area. Water and flush toilets.
Lat / Long: 45.302466, -121.745831


Red = paved road
Blue = single track

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Ride Details

The highlights of this ride are big views of Mt Hood, the historic Timberline Lodge, and a fun, flowy downhill single track.

Timberline Lodge, one of Oregon’s architectural wonders and a place dear to the hearts of Oregonians. It was built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration, an agency devoted to providing jobs for public projects during the Great Depression. The lodge is a national historic building, and showcases massive hand-hewn timbers and hand-forged fasteners – it provides a strong a sense of the region’s natural resources as well as the craftsmanship that went into its construction. Before you hit the trail, take some time to mosey around the lodge, check out the six ginormous rock fireplaces, and maybe get the fanciest cup of hot chocolate ever. [Travel Oregon]

Miles 0 to 6 / West Leg Road / Paved

A winding single lane, one way road from Government Camp to Timberline ski area with 15 to 20 switchbacks. The pavement is generally good, but there are occasional potholes and some forest debris.

Miles 6 to 12 / Timberline to Town Trail / Single-track

Single track trail from Timberline ski area back to Government Camp (“Govy”). See this video for a fun look at the area and the single-track trail

Food & Water

Timberline Lodge at ~ mile 6.

Ride Notes

50 mm tires or larger. The ideal setup for this route is a drop bar mountain bike, like a Salsa Cutthroat, with 2.1 or 2.2″ tires.

Ride Options

If your looking for something a bit bigger and more burly, check out Thee Holy Mountain loop by OMTM and Burger Lodge Loop by BuckyRides.

Get Involved!

A highlight of this route is the historic Timberline Lodge. Friends of Timberline works in partnership with the Forest Service and private enterprises in restoration and preservation efforts of the lodge and surrounding areas.

Friends of Timberline
Simply put here are the basics we pursue year in year out:
– Pursue common goals with the United States Forest Service and R.L.K. and Company
– Physical preservation and restoration project work 
– Fundraising via private donations and major grants for approved project work
– Fundraising via membership dues and event revenue for daily operations
– Public outreach and theme-based education across generations and communities
-Documentation and archiving of Lodge history, use, art, artifacts and furnishings


Revision History

  • March 2021 / Original Post as a Development Route.

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