DescriptionTimberline Lodge is a recreation and resort center on the southern flank of Mt. Hood. Its name describes the transition zone where alpine forests of spruce, fir and pine yield to alpine meadows and treeless rock and talus slopes. The namesake alpine resort hotel, built in the mid-1930s, has Cascadian-style architecture featuring local stone and wood with intricate Native American and pioneer motifs. In clear weather the view extends southward more than 120 miles to Mount Jefferson, the Three Sisters and beyond.
Mt. Hood is the country’s most-climbed glacier peak. Climbers typically set out for the 8-hour round trip from Timberline Lodge. Climbing equipment and special precautions are necessary. The required free wilderness permit is available at Timberline’s Wy’East Day Lodge. Check with the Forest Service for more information; phone (503) 668-1700.
Timberline receives between 500 and 600 inches of snow in an average year and is the only place in North America where alpine skiing is practiced year-round.