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Timberline Lodge is just a little over an hour from Portland depending on traffic and weather conditions. Timberline urges you to travel safely, be prepared, and use caution when driving in winter weather. Check below for all of your transportation options, winter weather driving information, and the Google Map to Timberline.

While the road to Timberline is well maintained, winter driving conditions often exist. Traction tires or chains may be required by the Oregon Department of Transportation. Please check their web site before beginning your travel to ensure you’re prepared. Oregon Department of Transportation. For safe driving tips, download the Oregon Winter Driving Guide.

The best public way to the mountain…

The Mt. Hood Express is a bus service for communities along Highway 26, running from the City of Sandy east to Timberline Lodge. Just $2 each way gets you a seat. For complete details, visit

The best private way to the mountain…

Sea To Summit

Sea to Summit is Portland’s premier ski and mountain shuttle service providing safe, reliable and convenient express shuttle services to Mt. Hood since 2001. Sea to Summit operates custom-equipped 4×4 vehicles with extensive rack systems for gear, studded snow tires, and the best 4×4 conversions on the market. Regardless of the mountain’s inclement weather conditions, Sea to Summit’s experienced guides will safely get you to Timberline Lodge and Ski Area! Visit SEA TO SUMMIT for more information and online reservations.

Portland Departure Information

  • REI Park-N-Ride in the Pearl District, 14th and NW Johnson, at 7:15am
  • Pioneer Square, in front of Starbucks at Broadway and Morrison, at 7:30am
  • Arrive at Timberline’s Front Row at approximately 9:00am, when lifts are scheduled to open

Mountain Return Information

  • Depart Timberline’s Front Row at 3:30pm
  • Return to Portland at approximately 5:00pm

Online reservation required at SEA TO SUMMIT or by calling 503-286-9333

timberline transportation
Adventures Without Limits facilitates inclusive, outdoor adventure for people of all ages and ability levels. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has dedicated for more than 19 years to getting people outdoors to experience the amazing natural environment of the Pacific Northwest.

$40 per person for a round trip from Portland to Timberline Lodge
Four person minimum
Email for more information or call (503) 359-2568.

Other Transportation Resources

Drive Less. Connect.

We’ve teamed up with Drive less. Connect. to make it easy to share a ride to the mountain. Just visit the site and register (it’s free). Once you’re registered, follow these quick steps:

  • In Profile, click My Locations and choose “Add a New Location.”
  • In Address Field, enter “Government Camp, OR.”
  • In Friendly Name Field, enter “Timberline Lodge.”

To Rideshare, click Ride Match and choose “Create a Trip.” You’ll be guided through the steps. As you enter your Route Information, Timberline Lodge will appear in your End Address List. If you get stuck, click Local Support Tab for help.

Mt Hood Airporter :: 503-668-RIDE

RAZ Transportation :: 503-684-3322

Aspen Limo Tours :: 503-274-9505

Martin’s Tours, Shuttles & Charters :: 877-290-TOUR

Eco Shuttle :: 1-877-ECO4PDX

Travelers should expect snow and ice covered roads as they travel over mountain passes. People who are unprepared for mountain travel can jeopardize their safety and the safety of others on the road. Here are some reminders to ensure everyone gets to where they are going safely:
Consider transit: Visit Mt Hood Express to learn about park and rides and schedules.

Dress for the weather: Dress in warm layers and limit exposed skin.

Drive for the conditions of the road: Adjust your speed to the road conditions.

Use chains and traction tires: When chains are required, use the next chain up area to put on your tire chains. Continuing to drive in the snowy conditions hoping the road will improve is not a safe idea. Neither is stopping in the middle of the highway to put on tire chains.

Chain up areas and highway shoulders are not playgrounds: Use designated parking areas and never use chain up areas or highway shoulders as a place to play in the snow.

Don’t park your vehicle along the highway: Parking in highway shoulders prevents plowing activities, limits access for emergency responders and creates a safety hazard. for other road users. Abandoned or parked vehicles along the highway will be towed.

Consider your travel time: Mountain passes see the highest number of vehicles during the winter break and on weekends.

Know Before You Go: Visit TripCheck or calling 511. Here is a video about how TripCheck can help you.

For more information about winter travel: ODOT Winter Driving

If you’re driving your own vehicle to Timberline, remember that Sno-Park Permits are required for all state-maintained parking areas in recreational areas November 1 – April 30. The funds raised by these sales supplement the snow removal budgets for these areas. All Timberline parking is maintained by the state, and therefore requires Sno-Park Permits. They are available for 1 day, 3 days, and for a full season.

Day visitors during the winter season can purchase Sno-Park Permits at any open ticket window or inside the Wy’East Day Lodge at the Guest Services Desk. They are also available at many local businesses on the way to the mountain.

Winter Driving And Parking Tips
If it’s a snowy day, flip your windshield wipers up before coming into the lodge. This will help make it easier to scrape/wipe off your windshield when you return to your car at the end of the day.

For safe driving, we recommend that you have proper tires on your car for the season in which you are traveling. For information on winter traction devices, chain laws, and road closures, please consult the Oregon Department of Transportation. 

For safe driving tips, download the Oregon Winter Driving Guide.
Oregon Winter Driving Guide

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