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Escape to Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood

Perched on the south slope of Mt. Hood at an elevation of 6,000 feet above sea level, Timberline Lodge is one of Oregon’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing nearly two million visitors each year.

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This beautiful National Historic Landmark, dedicated in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt is, to this day, being used for its original intent—a magnificent ski lodge and mountain retreat for everyone to enjoy, including your four-legged friend.

That’s right, after close to 80 years, Timberline Lodge is dog friendly, offering six pet-friendly rooms, decked out with all of the creature comforts your canine could ask for (if he could talk), including a comfy dog bed, food and water bowls, treats, his own Timberline Lodge bandanna and of course, baggies for that all-important business. The rooms are rustic, yet comfortable—and most importantly, your canine can now crash with you after a long day’s adventure.

Speaking of adventure, you and your hound are in mountain terrain and with that comes several trails for the two of you to explore, starting with Mirror Lake Trail and Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain (yes, that’s really its name). This six-mile trail has a 700-foot elevation change and once at the top, you and Fido are treated to one of the best alpine views in the entire Mt. Hood National Forest.

Another trail with stunning views is Burnt Lake. This trail accesses the lake and Zigzag Mountain with views above the treeline. The north side also has wonderful old cedar snags showing remnants of a wildfire that came through around 1900. From the lake, there is a steep climb to Zigzag Mountain with views all around—Mt. Hood, Mt. Saint Helens, Mt. Rainier, Portland, and the Coast Range to name a few.

For a more leisurely time, Wildwood Recreation Site is a great place to enjoy a picnic with your pooch. Located along the Mount Hood Scenic Byway near the town of Welches, this day-use area is home to the Cascade Streamwatch Trail and Wildwood Wetlands Trail. The site offers plenty of picnic areas, playing fields, volleyball and basketball courts plus access to an extensive system of trails, where you and your pooch can explore natural stream and wetland ecosystems along accessible interpretive trails and boardwalks and observe native fish in an underwater fish-viewing chamber.

Whether hiking to a mountaintop or enjoying a day at the park, you and your pooch have probably worked up an appetite. If so, then head straight to the pet-friendly patio at Mt. Hood Brewing Company, known as the brewery with an “altitude.”

Mt. Hood Brewing produces tasty beer in small, hand-crafted batches with the highest quality ingredients available, including Mt. Hood glacier water. Not only that, it also serves up drool-worthy fare on its outdoor patio where dogs are welcome—so welcome in fact, dogs have their own special menu. While you cool off with a cold one, your canine companion can enjoy Frozen Yogurt Peanut Butter Balls (a perfect way to cool down your pooch after a long hike), Chicken and Rice Hash or Cheese Burger Patty.

For you, start with the Alpine Meadow Blonde Beer Fondue, served with a jumbo soft Bavarian pretzel, apple slices and carrot sticks. Or, Beer Breaded Cheese Curds, served with beer mustard. Then, while your dog enjoys his Cheese Burger Patty, enjoy your own, on a bun, topped with Tillamook cheddar, lettuce, onion and a pickle.

Back at Timberline Lodge, enjoy a night cap or delicious cup of hot cocoa in the Ram’s Head Bar, located on the second floor circular balcony surrounding the massive, 90-foot stone chimney and overlooking the lobby below. The bar also serves up a mean bowl of clam chowder, perfect after a day on the slopes. Speaking of slopes, Timberline Lodge offers the longest ski season in North America and is the only true ski-in and ski-out lodge in the state of Oregon. While dogs are not aloud on the runs, frolicking in the snow with Fido is great fun!

If you want a more formal dining experience, the Cascade Dining Room offers a menu comprised of locally sourced ingredients including wild Pacific salmon as well as grass-fed beef from nearby ranches, located in the shadow of Mt. Hood. The lodge even sources its salt locally—hand harvested in Oregon by the Jacobsen Salt Company.

With bellies full, enjoy a quiet night’s sleep then start the next day with a swim at 6,000 feet! Yes, there is a heated outdoor swimming pool at Timberline Lodge—that, plus a hot tub—both open year round.

An amenity you and your pooch can both partake in is the outdoor patio and fire pit. Roast marshmallows, enjoy a glass of wine and relax in one of the Adirondack chairs with your best friend by your side.

For some down time, borrow a book from the lending library in the Coyote’s Den. Or, enjoy a board game in one of the comfy seating areas surrounding the massive fireplace. Or, if you prefer to relax with your four-legged friend, upgrade your stay with wine, truffles, s’mores, cheese plate and more, delivered directly to your room.

During your stay, be sure to keep an eye out for Bruno and Heidi behind the front desk or wandering the premises. Since Timberline Lodge was built in 1937, the tradition of having resident St. Bernards has lived on through the decades and is a favorite of guests. In fact, you can enjoy a leisurely hike or snowshoe with Bruno or Heidi and their handler. Hikes are 45 minutes and begin from the lodge. Bottled water, trail mix, and doggie treats included!

And, if you were still wondering—yes, Timberline Lodge is widely known as the hotel from Stanley Kubrick’s movie The Shining, but there’s nothing scary here. Warm, comfortable and inviting. Rich in Pacific Northwest history. Built by hand to withstand the ages. Oodles of charm and personality. And best of all, dog friendly—Timberline Lodge is truly a magnificent mountain getaway.

Timberline Lodge
27500 E Timberline Road
Timberline Lodge, Oregon
503.272.3311; timberlinelodge.com

Mt. Hood Brewing Company
87304 Government Camp Loop
Government Camp, Oregon
503.272.3172; mthoodbrewing.com

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Brandie Ahlgren is founder and editor of CityDog Magazine. She, and her team of dog-loving editors, dig up the best places for you to sit, stay and play with your four-legged friends. Brandie, and her boxer Thya, reside in West Seattle and can often be found hanging out at Westcrest Dog Park.

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