Works Progress Administration project during the Great Depression. The Lodge is about 6000 feet above sea level where the tree line stops and the mountain becomes all rock above.
Located on Hwy 26, Sandy is about 30 miles from Government Camp, the gateway to Mt. Hood's ski areas. When we rode through Sandy the temperature was a breezy 87 degrees; we knew it wouldn't be this way on the mountain.
About three miles before entering Government Camp there are a series of long sweeping curves on the uphill grade with a wide open view on the right that displays a large side of a timber filled mountain and a deep ravine below. It's hard to describe the view and the expanse of what is visible. Viewing it on a motorcycle is very different than in a car. I think it's too big to capture in it's entirety with a camera but the next time I go through there I'll try. Our mission was to get to Timberline.
Click on the picture above to enlarge it and you'll see three peaks to the left of Mt. Jefferson, that's Three Sisters Mountain. The one with the top faintly visible on the left is Broken Top Mountain. These are all near Bend which is in Central Oregon.
The top of Mt. Hood as seen from Timberline Lodge. Notice how blue the sky looks at this elevation. Tomorrow night this should be covered with snow.
I highly recommend a ride over Mt. Hood if you plan to come to the Portland area.
The buffet looked and smelled good; maybe we'll try that next time. The ride was 140 miles round trip from the house and it took us a little more than 3-1/2 hours.