In 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt's WPA program authorized funding for a mountainside lodge to be built on Mount Hood
. A lodge that would be painstakingly handmade by a batallion of skilled craftsmen and artisans. A lodge that would reign like no other the mountain--or world, had ever seen. Timberline is located on Highway 26
, 60 miles east of Portland
. The annual Hood to Coast Relay
begins in the parking lot.
Timberline Lodge today is a masterpiece among mountain lodges. Now a National Historic Landmark, Timberline stands as a tribute to the rugged spirit of the Pacific NW. Inside, you'll find everything from accommodations and gourmet meals to public areas and complete conference facilities.
The ski area at Timberline is open year round, the longest ski season in North America. In winter, the Palmer Express quad whisks skiers and boarders to the 8540-foot level of Mount Hood's south face, opening up 3590 vertical feet of terrain.
Birding on at Timberline Lodge is the only Cascade Summit alpine area accessable via a paved road. Visitors may see the Gray-crowned Rosy Finch, Horned Lark, Mountain Chickadee, Clark's Nutcracker and Common Raven. In the summer, look for the Mountain Bluebird.