Spotlight: Reach New Heights at Timberline Lodge
A National Historic Landmark in the Mt. Hood National Forest
What You’ll Find
Outdoor adventure and grandeur captured in the classic mountain architecture of Timberline Lodge in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Tucked away at 6,000 feet in elevation, Timberline Lodge offers visitors rustic, yet charming accommodations ranging from guest rooms with wood-burning fireplaces to chalet-style rooms with bunk beds.
This is the Pacific Northwest at its best – surrounded by an alpine fir and pine forest, opportunities for recreation around the lodge are plentiful. Whether hiking from Timberline’s local trailheads, riding the Magic Mile Sky Ride (no skis or snowboard needed), or even summer skiing or snowboarding on the Palmer Snowfield, there’s something for everyone.
Timberline is located near the top of Mt. Hood – Oregon’s highest peak at 11,240 feet. In just over an hour’s drive from Portland, Oregon, you’ll be enjoying this mountain retreat in no time. With such a short drive, take some time to explore the local trails along Highway 26 including: Mirror Lake Trail, Hidden Lake Trail and the family-friendly Little Zigzag Falls Trail among others. Visit Mount Hood’s Timberline Lodge page for directions, recreation opportunities and an interactive map.
Make Sure You
Join the folks at Timberline for events throughout the summer and into the winter. From star-viewing parties and music festivals to holiday events at Christmas and more, Timberline offers unique activities in a glorious mountain setting.
Visiting the area and looking to camp? Although there is no camping at Timberline Lodge, there is camping in the vicinity. For advance reservations, try Still Creek Campground, Trillium Campground, or Tollgate Campground. For first-come, first-serve campsites visit Alpine Campground and Devil’s Half Acre Campground.
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, nearly two million visitors come to Timberline each year. Publicly owned and privately operated, Timberline Lodge is open to the public as a hotel, restaurant and ski resort. Discover the rich heritage of Timberline, its unique craftsmanship, and a variety of recreation opportunities in the area by joining a Forest Service Ranger tour. Meet at the Forest Service desk inside Timberline Lodge where tours are provided seven days a week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m.
The area surrounding Mt. Hood is packed with exciting outdoor adventures! Fly fishing local streams, mountaineering, picnicking, mountain biking, horseback riding, backpacking in the Mt. Hood Wilderness and much more. Visit the Mt. Hood National Forest and Timberline Lodge to plan your visit!
Remember, Timberline Lodge is located at 6,000 feet above sea level, with many hikes and area activities rising beyond the lodge in elevation. Learn more about altitude sickness to ensure your visit is both safe and fun!
Did You Know?
Built in 1936, Timberline Lodge was funded and constructed as part of the Works Progress Administration, established by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in an effort to put Americans back to work during the Great Depression. Incredibly, the lodge was built in 15 months, mostly by hand using local and regional materials. On September 28, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt dedicated the completed lodge from the terrace at the front of the lodge now known as the Roosevelt Terrace.