Ski in the Summer only at Timberline
Timberline is home to the most energetic summer snow scene on the planet. Everyone from Olympic athletes to up-and-coming racers to freestyle enthusiasts descend on our Palmer Snowfield between the months of June and September. Much of the terrain is reserved by various camps and organizations, but we always maintain open areas to the public so intermediate and more advanced skiers and riders can enjoy summertime turns on the South slopes of Mt. Hood.
The Palmer Express chairlift gives Timberline the longest ski season in North America. We wish it was possible to maintain the Palmer Chair during the winter – but frequent and heavy winter storms coat the lift towers in thick snow and ice. These storms often have wind speeds exceeding 100mph and brutally cold temperatures. These factors make de-icing the lift virtually impossible. In the spring, Palmer Chairlift gets a full maintenance check to prepare it for summer operations.
Timberline offers the longest ski season in North America. In ideal years, lifts are open October through August, with maintenance scheduled for each September. Skiers, snowboarders, and sightseers ride up the Magic Mile chairlift to the Palmer Glacier and its lift, where most of the summer skiing takes place, particularly later in the season. In contrast to winter operations when weekends are the busiest, the lifts are the thriving during the summer ski season Monday through Friday, mostly due to ski and snowboard camps. Intermediate and more advanced public skiers and snowboarders are welcome on Palmer as well.
Magic Mile Sky Ride
The Best View of Mt. Hood and Beyond
One of our most popular summer activities is a ride on the Magic Mile Chair Lift to the mountain’s 7000′ level – no skis or snowboards needed! The spectacular view of Mt. Hood, Palmer Snowfield and nearby Mt. Jefferson is one you’ll never forget.
Allow 30 minutes to ride up and ride down, or 2 hours if you choose to ride up and walk down. Spend as much time at the top of the lift as you like before returning to the Lodge. However, for tickets purchased within 30 minutes of closing, this option is not available. There is still snow on the mountain and the temperature can be cool on Mt. Hood, even in the summer. Please dress appropriately for current weather conditions.
Times of operation are dependent on weather and conditions and subject to change at any time. Please check our lift status page for daily operating schedule. In September, the Magic Mile Sky Ride operates on Saturdays and Sundays only. Tickets are available for purchase at the Mile Ticket Office, located at the base of the Magic Mile Chair Lift.
Explore Mt. Hood on Two Wheels
Catch a bus ride in Government Camp up to Timberline* to ride the exhilarating Timberline to Town Trail. You and your bike can get a lift up to Timberline on the Mt Hood Express bus to access the US Forest Service Timberline to Town Trail for a great mountain biking experience.
LEARN MORE ABOUT TIMBERLINE'S BIKE PARK
*The only trail open to biking at Timberline Lodge is the Timberline to Town Trail, which is a US Forest Service Trail and not affiliated with Timberline Lodge itself. Timberline Road is not appropriate for cyclists.
While there is still much planning and work to do, we have set a course toward offering a premium lift-serviced downhill mountain bike trail system at Timberline.
Hike Around Hood
Sitting amidst the Mt Hood National Forest, Timberline Lodge is a breathtaking starting point for hiking trails around the mountain. With hiking trails that begin right outside the lodge doors and dozens of scenic Oregon hikes within a short drive, there is a hiking trail for hikers of all skill levels.
Timberline Lodge has easy-going hiking trails accessible around the lodge for our overnight guests and day visitors to enjoy throughout the summer (weather permitting). For a slightly more challenging hike, you can walk a mile up Mt Hood and enjoy the views from Silcox Hut and the Palmer chair lift.
For a complete list of hikes throughout the Mt Hood National Forest, view the interactive map at Northwest Hiker.
Pacific Crest Trail
The Call of the Wild
The Pacific Crest Trail spans 2,650 miles from the Mexican border to Canada. Timberline Lodge intersects the PCT and makes for a welcome oasis and resupply station for thousands of PCT hikers all summer long. Whether you're hiking the entire PCT or a segment of the trail, stop in at Timberline Lodge for a hearty meal, a shower, and to restock for your adventure.
PCT Package Info
Climbing a Mountaineering Icon
Timberline will no longer offer Climber Tickets, or “one ride” tickets, to the top of Palmer. The main reason for this policy change is Timberline does not promote activities that involve leaving the ski area boundary. Climbing Mt. Hood is a serious endeavor that takes knowledge and preparation. For guests looking for information on climbing Mt. Hood please check U.S. Forest Service resources:
U.S. FOREST SERVICE CLIMBING INFO
U.S. FOREST SERVICE CLIMBING MT. HOOD VIDEO
Climbers must register their group and obtain a wilderness permit from the Climber Registration outside of the Wy’East Day Lodge, then proceed to the Climber’s Trailhead adjacent to the Salmon River Parking Lot and avoid resort operations.
At 11,249 feet, the summit of Mt. Hood stands tall over the Pacific Northwest Landscape, a mecca for mountaineering. Getting to its peak is no easy task. Be prepared, go with Timberline Mountain Guides, and your reward will be nothing short of amazing. Because of snow levels, climbing Mt. Hood is recommended late April - July.
Mt. Hood has an excellent variety of mountaineering routes to accommodate anyone’s interest. All are technical climbs requiring the use of ice axe, crampons, and ropes, as well as the knowledge of how to use them. Even the easiest routes on the mountain require steep, exposed, roped-in mountain climbing on snow. Contrary to popular belief, Mt. Hood is not a "walk-up" climb, so be prepared, get in shape, and have a fantastic mountaineering experience on Oregon’s highest peak.
We highly recommend contacting TIMBERLINE MOUNTAIN GUIDES (541) 312-9242, before beginning your mountaineering adventure. Their guides have received professional mountaineering training through the American Mountain Guides Association, and all have wilderness-based medical training. In addition, they have decades of collective experience guiding on Mt. Hood, and strive to provide a fun, safe, and unique experience to their clients.