Mount Hood Lodge-based Tour

Portland, OR

Trip Highlights

  • Iconic Mountain Lodge
  • Alpine Hiking
  • River Rafting
  • Pristine Lakes & Rivers
  • Breathtaking Waterfalls
  • Diverse Wildlife
  • Fields of Wildflowers

Description

Experience the best of Oregon’s spectacular Mount Hood, stay in the iconic Timberline Lodge (made famous by the moving “The Shining”), embark on unforgettable hikes, enjoy a half-day of whitewater rafting, and eat like royalty on this 4-day adventure! We’ll follow in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark while we learn about the fascinating ecology of Cascade’s towering volcanoes. We’ll visit thundering waterfalls and earn amazing views of Mount Hood’s glaciated summit. Each evening we return to our lodge for delicious meals and well-deserved relaxation.

This trip is an opportunity maximize four wonderful days at Oregon’s famous Mount Hood. Join us for an adventure you’ll never forget!

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From
$2390 Per Person
$630 Single Supplement  

$630 Single Supplement

Unless otherwise requested, we will attempt to find you a roommate of the same gender. If you would like a single room, the single supplement will apply.

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Hiking Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 2-6 Guests
Trip Length: 4 Days
Distance: 14MI / 23KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

SUMMARY OF DIFFICULTY
This trip follows well-maintained trails with moderate distances and some significant elevation gains. The white water rafting is on class II and III rapids.

Hiking Distances:

3-6 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 pounds

Terrain:

Slightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 2000 feet

Heights Exposure:

Light

Please Note: Terrain, Elevation Gain and Heights Exposure ratings reflect the section or day of the trip with the maximum difficulty of each. Much of the trip is at easier levels. See the trip itinerary for more detailed information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on lightly rugged terrain
  • Hiking some steep trails with significant elevation gain/loss
  • Ability to swim
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.

SOLITUDE LEVEL 2

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Mount Hood hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time.

MINIMUM OF 2 GUESTS

If a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 4-6 weeks before the departure date, and notify guests of changes and options immediately.

PRIVATE TRIPS

Travel in perfect company by booking a private trip exclusively for your group!

Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

PRIVATE RATES FOR THIS TRIP

  • 2 People: Rate x 2.5
  • 3 People: Rate x 2
  • 4 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 5+ People: Rate x 1.15

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Day 1

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 2 hours
  • Hiking Distance: 4-5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900-1200 feet

We kick off this scenic mountain and water-centered lodge based tour driving up the historic Columbia River Gorge originally traveled by the Lewis and Clark expedition.  On the way to our first hike, we’ll stop for a short walk up to Benson Bridge to view the famous Multnomah Falls; the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon, falling 611ft.  

Once we’ve taken in the Falls, we’ll continue on to Hood Meadows and our first real hike of the tour!  When we get on trail, the tree canopy is thick and turns the rolling meadows of this trail into a pine forest full of an array of vegetation. We will take the lollipop loop counter-clockwise once we reach the fork. Around this flattened loop we will identify the native ferns, the edible berries, the non edible berries, other flora and the trees that make up this low temperate rainforest. We are teased with breathtaking views of the mountain as we hike toward a pair of stunning waterfalls. We’ll pick a spot by Sahale Falls or Umbrella Falls to enjoy lunch, prepared by the guide, before completing the loop and returning to our vehicle.  Our lodging for this tour is the grand Timeberline Lodge.  Once we check in and get settled, we will enjoy a hearty dinner in the Cascade Dining Room at the Timberline Lodge.

Day 2

  • Hiking Distance: 3-5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1800-2200 feet

On Day 2 we’ll start in the lobby of our lodge by enjoying the famous all you can eat breakfast buffet. Don’t let the shorter distance of this hike fool you, as the elevation gain more than makes up for it!  We begin our hike for today by stepping outside of our lodge and onto the Volcano itself. We start up the mountain on the trail used by the more than 10k mountaineers annually to try and summit Oregon’s tallest mountain.  As we climb we’ll discuss the history of this volcano and the routes and trails that pass by this very location. We will stop for food and water outside Silcox Hut at the base of Palmer Glacier. On a clear day we can see the summit of Mount Hood looming ahead of us, as well as other stratovolcanoes Mount Jefferson and Three Sisters in the distance behind us. Once we are ready to descend, we will will jump back on trail and connect a loop that will end with views made famous by the movie “The Shinning”. We will enter the lodge and visit the bottom lobby of the hotel where there is a small film playing alongside other interesting facts about this structure.  

Once we’ve had a chance to regroup at the lodge, we will take a short drive over to Trillium Lake where we can enjoy more miles around the lake and a late afternoon dip if we choose!  If conditions permit, we can enjoy a cookout as the sun goes down over the lake, or end our amazing day at our warm and cozy lodge to clean up for a wonderful, hand-picked restaurant dinner.

Day 3

  • Shuttle to Maupin: 1 hour
  • Rafting Distance: 12 miles
  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 1 hour
  • Hiking Distance: 4-6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 600-800 feet

On day 3 we’ll have an earlier start as adventure awaits on one of the Columbia River’s largest tributaries!  After an early breakfast we’ll jump in the van by 8 am and head East for a morning of white water rafting on the Deschutes River. We’ll spend 2.5-3 hours on the river navigating class II and class III rapids.  Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time to kick back, relax, and look out for bighorn sheep amongst the basalt cliffs above us!  After we’ve had our fill on the river, we’ll enjoy a well deserved, hearty picnic lunch before heading back into the forest!  

Before we return to our lodge for the evening, we’ll squeeze in one more hike along the White River.  This trail offers sweeping views of the White River Glacier and Mount Hoods summit and will be the perfect way to end another day!  After soaking in the views, we’ll return to the lodge for another delicious meal before turning in for the night.

Day 4

  • Shuttle to Trailhead: 35 minutes
  • Hiking Distance: 2.5-7.4 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 900-2500 feet
  • Shuttle to Portland: 2 hours

On day 4 we will wake up and enjoy our last meal before saying a final goodbye to our lodge.  Our road back to Portland (RT26) traces the same path of thousands of original pioneers on the Oregon Trail.  We will drive a short distance from the lodge to the town of Government Camp for our last hikes of this Pacific Northwest tour.  We’ll combine 2 trails that will take us through the high alpine forest, meadows, and streams and give us sneak peaks of Mount Jefferson and Mount Hood as we climb.  Before turning back, we’ll find a secluded, high alpine lake for lunch.  On a clear day, this particular lake will offer us our last stunning profile of Mount Hood.  Once we’ve had our fill on food, we’ll wave goodbye to the mountains, hike back down to the van, and follow the Oregon Trail back to Portland for the conclusion of our adventure.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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REQUEST A RESERVATION

This trip is exclusively booked through customer service due to logistics with lodging, permits, staffing, availability, or something else. Please contact us online or call us at 800-715-HIKE (4453) to request a reservation.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • 3 nights of double occupancy lodging at the Timberline Lodge (single occupancy requires an additional single supplement)
  • Top-of-the-line daypack and trekking poles
  • All meals are included from breakfast the first day through lunch on the last day
  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • Roundtrip transportation from your hotel in Portland, Oregon
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and communication device (InReach Explorer or satellite phone)
  • A Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and dependents to a discount of 10% off any Wildland hiking trip after your first one (must book directly with us to receive the discount)!

What's Not Included

  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (see recommendations)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-20% of trip cost)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

Meals: What to Expect

We provide all your meals from breakfast the first day through lunch the last day. Your guide will prepare breakfasts and lunches with a variety of hot and cold meals that are appropriate for the day’s activities. Feel free to tell us about your food preferences, as we’re more than happy to tailor the menu to your needs/desires. For dinners, we’ll visit local restaurants you’re sure to enjoy!

Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Deuter or Osprey backpacks
  • Leki trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)

Guest Packing List

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with a detailed packing list specific to this trip (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, a recommended clothing system, a headlamp or flashlight, a hydration system (water bottles and/or bladder) and other items specific to each trip.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

How Do I Register?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

Where Do We Meet?

Your guide will conduct a virtual orientation meeting (via conference call) at 5:00 PM the evening before your trip begins to review the packing list, communicate the first day’s logistics and answer any last minute questions you have. Your guide will give you the phone number for this call during the pre-trip contact approximately 10 days before your trip start date.

Early on the morning of Day 1 your guide will pick you up from your accommodations in Portland, OR.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

Travel to Portland, OR

Portland is one of the United States’ most convenient cities to travel to. Portland International Airport is one of the most easily accessed destinations in the country. Many major cities in the United States and internationally offer direct flights into Portland.

Start/End Times

Your guide will inform you of the first day’s pick-up time at the orientation meeting. Generally, you can expect it to be between 5 and 8 am, although the exact time will depend on current weather and road conditions. We will drop you off at your hotel on the final day no later than 7 PM.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Essential Eligibility Criteria

Essential Eligibility Criteria (“EEC”) have been specifically identified to help you understand the skills and abilities necessary to participate on each Wildland trip, and they apply uniformly to all potential trip participants, irrespective of the presence or absence of any disability.

Once you identify a trip in which you may be interested, please carefully review the EEC and itinerary details. If after reviewing the EEC that apply to your desired trip, you determine you need an accommodation in order to meet the EEC, please contact us prior to registering to discuss your requested accommodation.

The EEC exist for your own safety and the safety and enjoyment of all participants. If you are unable to meet the EEC for the trip, with or without an accommodation, you are not eligible for that trip. If you register and arrive for a trip for which you do not meet the EEC, you will be disqualified from participation on the trip and will be dismissed or evacuated from the trip without a refund.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

Accommodations

Accommodations

Timerline Lodge

3 Nights

Perched high up on the flanks of one of the Pacific Northwest’s most famous peaks, Timberline Lodge continues to, after eight decades, provide one of the most exhilarating and iconic high-alpine mountain accommodation experiences in the United States. It also puts us right in the action for our daily hikes and adventures!

*These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used

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