Timberline interpretive programs on Mt. Hood

Volunteer at Timberline Lodge

We're looking for volunteers interested in leading free historical tours!

  • Learn about the awesome history of Timberline Lodge, a National Historic Monument built in the 1930s
  • Develop public speaking skills
  • Volunteer hours can be counted towards a free Volunteer Pass

For more information, please email Samuel Dagenhart: samuel.dagenhart@usda.gov

Timberline Lodge historical tours

Public tours have ended for the season, but will be offered again around Memorial Day! Private tours booked through Timberline Lodge are available year-round.

Join an interpretive ranger on a captivating walking tour of historic Timberline Lodge! Daily tours occur from around Memorial Day to Labor Day. Tours occur less often during the off-season (October through April).

Anyone can join the tour at no cost. Parking at Timberline Lodge is free in the summer. A sno-park permit is required to park from November 1 through April 30. Tours begin at the Forest Service desk in Timberline Lodge's lower lounge area. Look for the agency's shield!

Forest Service Ranger with visitors at Timberline Lodge

Go back in time to the Great Depression and the New Deal to discover how a ski lodge is built at 6,000 feet above sea level in the wake of one of the biggest economic crises in our nation’s history. Then, imagine yourself as a worker constructing the hotel as you take in the Cascadia architecture and raw expressions of Mt. Hood’s natural resources. Leave with a well-rounded understanding of the importance of Timberline Lodge as a National Historic Landmark, functioning hotel, and renowned ski resort.

Public Walk-Up Tours are offered every day during the summer season (Memorial Day through Labor Day) - no pre-registration is required, appropriate for all ages, and it's free to join! Tours begin in the lower lobby near the museum and take 45-60 minutes, with stair or elevator access and opportunities to sit and rest along the way. Please note that tour frequency may decrease outside of the summer. Explore the history of the lodge, including how it came to be built, who constructed it, and its significance to the region and country. Tours are available based on volunteer involvement, and changes to the schedule may occur with little or no warning.

Historic photo of Timberline Lodge circa 1937 with Mount Hood in the background.


Private tours may be arranged directly through the lodge all year. Contact the Timberline Lodge front desk at (503) 272-3311 for more information.