IntroductionMount Hood stays topped with snow year-round, and the Timblerline Lodge, set near the top, is one of the most iconic American lodges in the country. The historic 1937 lodge was built by the Works Progress Administration and dedicated by U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the same day as Bonneville Dam. Refurbished in the 1980s, it's still used as a ski lodge and, in summer, as a starting point for hikes to wildflower-filled meadows or climbs to the top of Mount Hood. You can also just enjoy it as a beautiful place to eat, drink, relax and take in a breathtaking view.
If you get the shivers when you see the lodge, you've probably seen The Shining—the building was used for some of the exterior shots in the film.
To get there, take Interstate 84 East to Exit 16 and follow the signs for Highway 26 to Mount Hood. In the town of Government Camp, on Highway 26, about 60 mi/95 km from Portland, look for the sign marking the road up to the lodge. Whenever snow is a threat, state law demands that all motorists carry tire chains in specified areas (look for clearly worded signs along roadways), and, in the winter, expect to need to use tire chains or other traction devices to make it up the 6-mi-/10-km-long road to the lodge. Phone 503-272-3311. http://www.timberlinelodge.com.
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