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Timberline Lodge Itineraries - Available Year 'round

You don’t have to ski or snowboard to experience Timberline’s spectacular views, available year-round.

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.

  • Visit the Exhibition Center - Once inside the lodge, the once-damp, black hole of the Lodge's lower level is now the airy Exhibition Center.

    • Blue Gentian 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 - The 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. Meet 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 your tour.

  • 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 toFireplace inside the Lodge's front entrance 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 11:30-3:00pm 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 souvenirs.

  • 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. See Below.

  • Take the Magic Mile Chairlift Ride all the way To the Top! - Best View of Mt. Hood-No Skis Required.  After arriving and checking out Timberline Lodge, you may choose to continue your visit by riding the Magic Mile Chairlift Ride up to Silcox Hut (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 and map, ask for the Mountaineer Trail #798 map at the visitor center in the main lobby - 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 Trailhead Release Agreement.

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

OTHER OPTIONS:

  • Winemaker's Dinner Series @ Silcox Hut & other culinary events  - You'll find one-of-a-kind dining experiences like theMt. Hood Brewing Co. exclusive Winemaker's Dinner Series, which pairs a six-course meal with Oregon wines high above the main lodge in the rustic Silcox Hut

  • STAY OVERNIGHT at Timberline Lodge:

    • Inside the lodge

      Think Timberline Lodge is cool? Just wait until you see your room. Warm, comfortable and inviting. Steeped in rich Pacific Northwest history. Built by hand to withstand the ages. One of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. Oh, what those trendy new hotels would give for just a smidgen of the charm and personality you’ll find here.

       

       

      - See more at: http://www.timberlinelodge.com/lodging/historic-lodge-rooms/#sthash.eQfUiJj4.dpuf

    • or the spectacular Silcox Hut.

  • Hike Mt. Hood - http://www.myoregon.com/Hike_Timberline_Lodge

  • Mt. 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.

  • Barlow Trail 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 pale ale.

  • 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 River.

Suggested Itinerary #2 HIGHLIGHTS (for skiers and snowboarders) 

  • Jeff Flood Express Chairlift - You can experience the new 1.2 mile long Jeff Flood ExpressGrant Myrdal Photo 11/29/09) 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 - Or 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 info@tourportland.com.

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