Historic Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon, 15 minutes before sunrise.

My annual birthday trip this year was not out of the country, but I did get to a beautiful historic site that has personal and national significance.


Built in 1937 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977, Timberline Lodge is also where my parents met in 1955. My mother worked as a waitress in the Cascade Dining Room and my father drove a snow-cat. He received an “Over-The Snow” plaque when he left the mountain, in honor of all the snow miles he’d driven.

The inside of the main wooden door to the lodge.
A wood carving above the fireplace in the Cascade Dining Room.
The Lodge, just before sunset.
The chair lifts at sunset.
Mt. Jefferson in the background.
The Ram’s Head bar.

My sister and I spent a few nights at the lodge, which is now open only to overnight guests, due to the Covid virus.

Mt. Hood at sunrise. The groomers are out early.

We were very lucky with the weather, getting clear, sunny days. The Magic Mile lift was open, so we got to ski that famously scenic run under almost clear skies.

At the top of the Magic Mile chair lift, Silcox Hut is in the background.

It was a very nice feeling to travel again. Like everyone else, my international trips were all canceled last year. Hopefully, soon we’ll all be vaccinated and our travels will return to normal.

In this photo from 1956, my mother shares a chairlift with her dog Kushkie.

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8 Responses to Historic Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

  1. Thomas A Campion says:

    Once again I am in awe as the photos and just a taste of verbiage focuses you on the story told.

  2. Teresa Favazza says:

    Special place to celebrate your birthday and honor your Mom and Dad’s first meeting!
    Looks like you and Becky had the entire place to yourselves, plus great pics as always.🥂

  3. Hisae Homma says:

    I wish I had an active sister to have fun with!

  4. Carla Oja says:

    Laura, what a fantastic couple of days you two had!!!! It is so beautiful at Timberline!!! Growing up in Hood River, we were able to frequent this amazingly historic area often! It’s cool to know your personal family history of this lodge!

  5. Marianna DeMyer says:

    Thank you for sharing this journey. Makes me want to go there!

  6. Rich says:

    Great post, Laura! So glad that you are back in action with traveling and blogging! I always love seeing your beautiful photos and reading your entertaining commentary. I have missed your posts over the last year. What a wonderful place, made even more special with the backstory of your parents. Happy, Happy Birthday!

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