Timberline Lodge & Ski Area

  

Timberline Lodge

Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors every year. Considered an architectural wonder, it’s still being used for its original intent—a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for all to enjoy. Self-guided tours are available through the winter.

Open all 12 months of the year with 3,690 vertical feet and 1,415 acres of skiable terrain in winter. 

Lodging Available

Timberline lodging options include: varied room sizes and prices at the main lodge and group accomodations at Silcox Hut which sits above the main lodge at 7,000 feet.

Silcox Hut Mount Hood TLL winter scene Snowman at TLL

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 09/23/20: Lodge is open, but bike park and summer skiing is closed for season. Skiing resumes with winter season. http://www.timberlinelodge.com/coronavirus-updates
Permit Info: valid Sno-Park permit permit is required Nov. 1 through April 30.
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns: Government Camp, OR
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Timberline Lodge is operated under a special use permit.
Information Center: General information (503) 272 3311

General Information

Accessibility:


Directions:

From Portland, OR take I-84 East to exit 16 Wood Village. Go right at stop sign onto 242nd. Follow 242nd to Burnside (approx. 3 mi.). Turn left on Burnside/Hwy 26 East. Follow Hwy 26 East to the Timberline Road turn-off (about 40 mi.); pass through the towns of Sandy, Welches, and Rhododendron. Turn left on the the Timberline access road; follow the road to Timberline (6 mi.)

Directions from Hood River, OR: Take OR-35 South then US 26 (towrd Portland). Then turn Right on Timberline Highway.
 


General Notes:

History

Historic hoto of Roosevelt at Timberline Lodge. Timberline Lodge was opened on February 4, 1938 following a construction which boasted a great deal of public attention and excitement. When the project was announced publically in 1935, bonds were sold by the three sponsors of the project which were the State of Oregon, Mount Hood Recreation Association of Portland, and the Regional office of the Forest Service.

After raising $10,000 for building materials, the project was sponsored by the Works Progress Administration for an expected cost of $275, 513. Crews of 150 men were interchanged every two weeks, and craftsmen and artists were commissioned to work on the Lodge, resulting in 760,000 person hours estimated worth of work.

This project greatly helped the local economy by employing men who were unable to find work elsewhere due to the Great Depression.  Marjory Hoffman Smith was hired as the interior decorator and she required that everything be made by hand and fall into the three main themes of Indian, wildlife, and pioneer. Throughout the Lodge, these themes were expressed in many different ways and each guest room was decorated so that no two were the same.

Aerial view of Timberline LodgeOn September 28, 1937 President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the Lodge. The Lodge was closed due to World War II in 1942, and finally reopened in 1945 as well as being able to draw its first profits in 1947. In 1955, the Lodge was closed due to mismanagement and an inability to be run properly. RLK & Co. picked up management of the Lodge leading to a renewed management strategy.

In 1975 the Friends of Timberline formed with a mission to restore Timberline Lodge to its original splendor. In 1978 Timberline Lodge became Oregon’s tenth National Landmark formally acknowledging by its importance to the history of Oregon and the United States as whole.


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Location

 
  Latitude : 
45.33

  Longitude : 
-121.7075

  Elevation : 
6000'

 

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