Timberline Lodge Itineraries - Available
You don’t have to ski or
snowboard to experience Timberline’s spectacular views, available
Suggested Itinerary #1 HIGHLIGHTS
(for non-skiers/skiers and non-snowboarders/snowboarders)
Inside the Lodge:
Cascadian architecture - NATIVE
MATERIALS AND OLD WORLD QUALITY create a unique and truly regional style
known as Cascadian. Three decorative themes including wildlife, Native
American, and pioneer appear throughout the lodge.
Center - Once
inside the lodge, the once-damp, black hole of the Lodge's lower level is
now the airy Exhibition Center.
guest room - Here a visitor can stop the clock
as one of the Center's highlights is the life-size replica of the popular
Blue Gentian guest room. The viewer looks into this room through an outside
window and sees an occupied hotel room in 1937 with period music and the
voice of FDR coming from the 1930s radio on the bedside table.
The Builders of Timberline Video
Center in the Barlow Room describes (via a 30 minute continuous loop video) the creation of Timberline Lodge
depicting the 1930s WPA worker's erecting the lodge by hand and, using
modern audio and visual technology, re-creates the Great Depression and the
architecture, engineering and art created in the Northwest during the 1930s.
Topics that will be
discussed include: WPA history, Lodge History, Ski History and a
general overview of the building of Timberline Lodge.
Heidi and Bruno - Visit with
Heidi and Bruno, Timberline's resident St. Bernards.
Take a USFS Ranger Walk - Join a U.S.
Forest Service Ranger for a 30 minute tour of historic Timberline Lodge.
Explore the rich history and art of the Lodge and all it has to offer. This
elegant rustic hotel has become a grand expression of Northwest art.
at the U.S. Forest Service desk inside Timberline Lodge. When:
Friday-Sunday at 11:00, 1:00, and 2:00. Monday through Wednesday when
Forest Service staff are present. Cost: Free. Donations to
Friends of Timberline are appreciated to ensure programs such as this can
be continued in the future. Ask about their smartphone audio tours. If you
would like to attend the ranger walk, please notify My Chauffeur before
Dine at Timberline Lodge
Cascade Dining Room - Spend the
day in historic Timberline Lodge, marvel at the 96 ft. stone chimney while
you read by the light of it's gigantic fireplace, soaking up the scenic
history and enjoying a hearty
fireside breakfast or lunch buffet*
or gourmet dinner in the
Cascade Dining Room (5:30pm-8:00pm;
reservations required) where you may want to sit at a window table so
you can look south across the tops of the Cascade Mountains to
Mt. Jefferson and Broken Top... The Cascade is casual by day, romantic by
night--fine dining always. Enjoy the award winning wine list. Open for
breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.
*Lunch buffet is
Fri-Sun or 11:30-2pm Mon-Thurs. Please inquire about tour start times
to accommodate the breakfast or lunch buffet. Breakfast buffet is
7:30am-10:30am daily. If you
would like the lunch or breakfast buffet, please notify My Chauffeur
before your tour.
Visit the Blue Ox & Ram's Head Bars -
In the Blue Ox Bar next door to the
Exhibition Center, the
visitor drops back 70 years in time viewing the glass murals of legendary
Paul Bunyan and Babe the blue ox while enjoying pizza, a deli sandwich or
beer from Mt. Hood Brewing Company.
Or enjoy the soft, live music
and casual fare at the
Rams Head Bar, uniquely located on the
mezzanine (Timberline's living room) for family-friendly food and drink.
Relax and enjoy the heart of the lodge--gaze at the magnificence of this
unique timber frame structure. Then head back to Portland or to your lodging room, where you
enjoy the sight and touch of the handcrafted furnishings while watching the
soft flicker of the fire.
Visit the Gallery Gift Shop -
Regional artists are featured along with books, fine gifts and collectable
Visit the Wy'East Day Lodge -
This lodge was opened in 1981 to provide modern skier services. In the
summer, it's a great place to stop before or after your visit to Timberline
lodge for food services, gift shops and rest rooms.
Few visitors venture very far into the scenic alpine landscape that
lured hotel builders here in the first place.
The landscape here is entirely the product of recent volcanism. The silvery snags
below the chairlift and along the trail to the Silcox Hut are trees killed by the hot blast of a small eruption in the 1790s. The ground itself on this side of the mountain is a debris
field from a much larger, Mt. St. Helens-style blast two thousand years ago. In that eruption, a gigantic avalanche wiped the mountain's slope clean as far as Government Camp. Afterwards, a lava dome slowly rose to plug the vent. The dome remains as Crater Rock, the monolith looming in front of the actual summit.
Take the Magic Mile Chairlift Ride
all the way To the Top!
Best View of Mt. Hood-No
and checking out Timberline Lodge, you
may choose to continue
your visit by
Magic Mile Chairlift Ride up to
(the views don't get any better than this!*) or hiking there if time allows
(see below). While inhaling the cool, clear
non-smells of mountain air, you'll go to an altitude of 7000 feet. Have a
picnic lunch or just take in the scenery by looking right to the coast
range, left to the Great American Desert, and straight ahead, beyond Mount
Jefferson and the Cascade mountain range. Sturdy
boots & heavy jacket suggested in winter and Spring. Skis are not
necessary. Allow 30 minutes to ride up and down or 2 hours if you choose to
ride up and walk down. $15 pp RT.
If you would like to take the Magic
Mile Ride, please notify My Chauffeur before your tour. All participant's
must sign the
Trailhead Release Agreement.
*The Silcox Hut served as the upper terminus for Timberline's original Magic Mile ski lift from 1939 to 1962. Reopened as a chalet in 1992, it now offers overnight bunks for groups and a limited cafe in the European alpine tradition.
Hike the Mountaineer Trail
- This is the highest elevation trail on
the south side of Mt Hood and most of it is above tree line with outstanding
views. Visitors can head west one mile to the old Timberline Cabin
site and return on the Pacific Crest Trail for an easy 2 mile loop hike. Or
for a more challenging 2.7 mile hike, continue up to the 7000' Silcox Hut
and the top of the Magic Mile Ski lift, a 1000' elevation gain. The NW corner of the trail is the
least visited and has wonderful alpine terrain. For the trail description
ask for the Mountaineer Trail #798 map at the visitor center in the main
Hike to Silcox Hut.
If you would like to take a hike, please notify My Chauffeur before
your tour. Snow free July through October. All hikers must sign the
To do any or all of the following activities,
you should notify My Chauffeur before your tour:
Take a USFS Ranger Walk
Lunch or breakfast buffet
Magic Mile Chairlift Ride
Hike the Mountaineer Trail
Winemaker's Dinner Series @ Silcox Hut &
other culinary events
- You'll find one-of-a-kind dining experiences like the
Winemaker's Dinner Series, which pairs a six-course meal with Oregon
wines high above the main lodge in the rustic
STAY OVERNIGHT at Timberline Lodge:
Hike Mt. Hood -
Hood Brewing Co. - On your next mountain adventure, stop in and
enjoy the family-friendly, casual ambiance and home of their premier
handcrafted ales in Government Camp.
Roadhouse - From the same era as Tad’s, this Welches
roadhouse first opened in 1926 to feed travelers coming around the south
side of Mt. Hood. Stop for a breakfast of
Avalanche Biscuits and
Gravy or the Volcano Scramble.
Barlow Pass/Pioneer Women's Grave
Panorama Point - Hood River
Café Aria - Start your day at Café Aria in Welches, where they
serve fresh ground Stumptown Coffee along with delicious breakfast
pastries and waffles, like the hazelnut and chocolate.
Phelps Creek Winery - Stop by
Phelps Creek Winery in Hood River. You might just find 4th
generation Burgundian winemaker Alexandrine Roy pouring some of
her luscious pinot noir.
Double Mountain Brewing - The
pizza at Double Mountain Brewing & Taproom in the scenic town of
Hood River is the best wood fired pie in the area, if not the
state, and the beer is awesome. Try the Vaporizer dry-hopped
River View Cabin - There are a
lot of secluded cabins in the forest around Mt. Hood, the
perfect place to snuggle by a fire on a crisp day. One of our favorites
is the River View Cabins on the banks of the picturesque Salmon
Suggested Itinerary #2 HIGHLIGHTS
(for skiers and snowboarders)
Jeff Flood Express Chairlift -
You can experience the new 1.2 mile long Jeff Flood Express Chairlift, the
longest lift on Mt. Hood. This new, state-of-the-art, high-speed, Doppelmayr
quad lift can whisk you from bottom to top in just over 6 minutes.
Magic Mile Chairlift Ride
start the day by riding the
Magic Mile Chairlift Ride
and Palmer lifts, up to an altitude of 8500 feet. Without stopping, you ski 3
miles while dropping 3500 feet to the 5000 foot level, where you catch a
chairlift back up to Timberline Lodge.
Blue Ox & Ram's Head Bars -
When you tire of skiing, you take a dip in the heated, sheltered pool and
then relax with a cold beer or soda in the famed Blue Ox Bar. After
changing cloths in your restored guestroom,
you listen to
soft, live music at the Ram's Head Bar before a gourmet, hearty dinner in the
Cascade Dining Room.
When you ring to make your
booking, just let us know what your tour requirements (interests) are and we will
do the rest for you (Concierge service for the Mt. Hood/Timberline
Lodge Excursion may be at additional cost; complimentary for the Mt. Hood
tour and hourly reservation). Or for details & questions, contact us at
503-969-4370 or 1-877-692-4283 or email us at
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