Scenic Snowcat Ride
Take Me to the Top
For the ultimate Mt Hood experience, take a snowcat ride to the 8500 foot elevation with our Take Me to the Top Package. Toast the exhilarating mountain air with a glass of Timberline wine and marvel at the unparalleled views of the Cascade Range.
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Weather permitting, we’ll take you to the top of the world-famous Palmer Snowfield, 8,500 foot elevation of Mt. Hood. The Take Me to the Top Package includes your choice of hotel room, a one hour snowcat ride for up to 8 people, a bottle of red or white wine, and a fruit and cheese platter (which can be enjoyed at the top of Palmer Snowfield or back at the lodge).
Subject to availability January 2, 2018, through April 15, 2018, weather permitting. Package pricing is for 1 - 4 people or 5 - 8 people.
**The snowcat ride listed here is a special service for the Take Me to the Top Package only. Timberline is no longer able to offer Climber Snowcat Transportation service.
walking in a wintery wonderland
Snowshoeing is fun, easy, and there is no better place than Timberline to try it out. Walking atop the snow, you can move quickly for a bit of a work out or simply go for a leisurely stroll while you explore the unique high-alpine terrain surrounding Timberline Lodge. Our snowshoe trail is approximately 3/4 of a mile long and groomed daily. Snowshoe rentals are available in the Wy’East Day Lodge for $20 per person/per day (limited availability – first come, first serve).
Here’s a few tips to make your snowshoeing adventure an enjoyable one. Dress warm: wearing multiple layers is beneficial so you can take one off after you work up a sweat. Remember a hat, gloves, and goggles. Bring a small backpack with water and snacks. If you’re missing any gear, stop in to our store in the Wy’East Day Lodge. We stock everything you need to get out on the mountain.
- Trail Length: Groomed, 3/4 mile
- Rentals: Available for $20 per person, per day first come first serve.
- Snowshoe Events: Moonlight Excursion
Ride the Palmer Snowfield
During our winter season, you can catch a ride to 8,540 feet on Mt. Hood. When in operation, the Palmer Snowcat opens up 3,690 vertical feet of snowcat skiing and riding from the top of Palmer to the bottom of the Jeff Flood Express. Enjoy the groomers or adventure into untracked snow on the Palmer Snowfield – the choice is yours.
This service typically runs on weekends and holidays from 10am to 2pm when weather permits, and is FREE for lift ticket and season pass holders. Check the Conditions page for Palmer Snowcat operating hours.
To get there, take the Magic Mile up and unload to the right. Proceed toward Silcox Hut and you’ll see the line for the snowcat. We always have a Ski Host in a yellow jacket managing the line – so feel free to ask them any questions. A ski patroller will accompany you to the top and will advise you on any specific conditions you will need to be aware of as you begin your snowcat skiing or riding adventure.
Conditions can change rapidly on Palmer and are often variable. The Palmer Snowfield is recommended for advanced skiers and riders only.
Why not run the Palmer Express lift to the top in the winter? Well, it was installed in 1996 to service our summer ski operations. While we wish it was possible to maintain it in the winter, frequent and heavy storms coat the lift towers in thick snow and ice. These storms often have wind speeds exceeding 100 mph and brutally cold temperatures. These factors make de-icing the lift virtually impossible. It’s typical that in the spring we have to replace many of the components on the lift that have broken or that have otherwise been compromised by the elements. So, in place of the lift, we offer our Snowcat service for your snowcat skiing enjoyment.
Climbing a mountaineering icon
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.
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 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.