Timberline Lodge

Timberline Lodge is a mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Clackamas County, Oregon, about  97 km east of Portland.  Constructed from 1936 to 1938 by the Works Progress Administration, it was built and furnished by local artisans during the Great Depression.  Timberline Lodge was dedicated September 28, 1937, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The National Historic Landmark sits at an elevation of  1,817 m, within the Mount Hood National Forest and is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway.  Publicly owned and privately operated, Timberline Lodge is a popular tourist attraction that draws two million visitors annually.  It is notable in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

Roosevelt’s vision of winter sports at Timberline Lodge took hesitant steps the following year. A portable rope tow was installed, and construction began on the Magic Mile chairlift, which opened November 1939. Today, the lodge and its grounds are host to a ski resort also known as Timberline Lodge. It has the longest skiing season in the U.S., and is open for skiers and snowboarders every month of the year. Activities include skiing, snowboarding, walking, hiking and climbing.

Lifestyles Northwest published a story about the history of Timberline Lodge in its February 2005 issue, based heavily on interviews with the family who have operated the lodge for fifty years. The story noted that in the lodge’s early years, it had had four different operators, none of which was willing or able to maintain it. By 1955 Timberline Lodge was closed and in disrepair.