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Timberline Lodge is just a little over an hour drive from Portland depending on traffic and weather conditions. Check below for all of your transportation options.

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

Portland’s premiere ski and mountain shuttle service.
Available 7 days a week, with service for all downtown hotels.
Park and ride service available from REI or Pioneer Square.

Other Transportation Resources

Carpool to Timberline
We’ve teamed up with Drive Less. Connect. to make finding a ride to the mountain easier than ever. Just visit their site, register as a One Time Trip user, then select Timberline Lodge in the Destination menu.

Luxury Accommodations :: 503-668-RIDE

RAZ Transportation :: 503-684-3322

Aspen Limo Tours :: 503-274-9505

Martin’s Tours, Shuttles & Charters :: 877-290-TOUR (8687)

Eco Shuttle :: 1-877-ECO4PDX

Timberline Parking Lots – Drop Offs Always Welcome

If the parking lots at Timberline become full, we will put a sign at the bottom of the road along with an attendant to help direct people to additional parking in Government Camp. We ALWAYS allow cars to drop off passengers – even if our lots are full. Just let the attendant know that you need to drop people off, and will return to park somewhere in Government Camp. Please do not try to get past the attendant just to find a spot in the lot – we park cars very efficiently and if we say the lot is full, it really is. Don’t waste the trip up – it costs you more money in gas and causes un-needed congestion in our lots. As space becomes available, we will remove the sign and allow cars to travel up the road.

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 31. 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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