Sitting around 5,300 feet on the north edge of Timpanogas Lake, the Timpanogas Shelter has amazing views of the water and Sawtooth Mountain. It is ideally situated for both summer and winter activities, and it becomes a wonderful base camp for day hikes to Indigo, June, and Opal lakes as well as other trail systems such as the Middle Fork Willamette Trail. Because of the high elevation, nights can be chilly even during the summer months.
The 15-foot by 18-foot rustic shelter was constructed in 1991 in a collaborative effort between the Forest Service, the University of Oregon, and the Walker Rim Snowmobile Club. The shelter is accessible by car, but during the winter months snow may make the road impassable. Hiking or snowshoeing in is possible.
Amenities include a wood burning stove, a sleeping loft, and a picnic table and benches. It can comfortably accommodate about six people, and there is room outside for additional tents. A fire ring, picnic table, and vault toilet are all located nearby. Potable water can be found at the Timpanogas Campground on the other side of the lake, about a mile from the shelter, during the summer months. Firewood is generously provided during the winter months by the volunteers with the Walker Rim Riders.
Reservations are required from June through November, but the shelter is first-come, first-served during the winter months.