This lake is usually frozen over and the road closed off from Dec through mid-Apr. Timothy Lake is about 40 miles east of Sandy off of Hwy 26. About 2 miles east of the Clear Lake turnoff, turn south on Skyline Road (Rd 42). Travel south on Skyline for 9 miles. Turn right on FS Road 57 and travel west for 2 miles to the lake. Several roads can be used to circle the lake, each with signed access. One route might be: once you reach the lake on Rd 57, visit the campgrounds (Oak Fork, Gone Cr., Hoodview, The Cove, Pine Point) to gain viewing access to the lake. Turn right on FS 5810 and look for the turnoff to the dam to scope deep water. Continue on FS 5810 and turn right on FS 5820. Go a short distance and turn right on FS 5890 and watch for the trail to Meditation Point. Continue on FS5890 as you circle the lake. North Arm CG is about as far as you want to go unless you have a FS map. Reverse your path to get out.Directions
Habitat and Birds
This area is high lakes birding. The lake is surrounded by mixed conifers. In the late fall, you might find migrating waterfowl. Among the more common ducks there will be the occasional Greater Scaup, Surf and White-winged Scoter, Barrow’s Goldeneye, maybe a rare Long-tailed Duck. It’s one of the best places in the county for Red-necked Grebe, Clark’s Grebe, and Common Loon. In summer, the trees supply a healthy dose of Band-tailed Pigeon, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Pileated WP, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Hammond’s Flycatcher and Pacific-slope Flycatcher. More summer nesters include Gray Jay, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Golden–crowned Kinglet and Brown Creeper. Thrushes are well represented with Townsend’s Solitaire, Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush, Swainson’s Thrush, and Am. Robin. Warblers include MacGillivray’s, Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped, Hermit, Townsend’s, and the occasional Wilson’s, Yellow, Nashville and Orange-crowned.