Timberline Lodge: The Shining

Last Updated on November 24, 2020

Do you remember psychological horror the Shining from 1980, directed by Stanley Kubrik? Jack Nicolson performed the psychopathic writer’s primary role, who stuck with his family as a watchman in the Overlook Hotel. Some scenes for the film were shot at the Timberline Lodge in Oregon in a picturesque setting of Mount Hood. We spent an exciting weekend in this fabulous historic place. In this article, we share impressions from staying in Timberline Lodge: The Shining movie location. Moreover, the Lodge is hosting a ski resort, also known as Timberline Lodge. It’s a perfect place for fans of skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, biking, and climbing. So, this post is not only The Shining Hotel Oregon review. We also give hints on how to spend time in a fantastic Mount Hood area.

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Timberline Lodge: The Shining

Short History of the Timberline Lodge Oregon

Timberline Lodge is a historic mountain lodge on the south side of Mount Hood in Clackamas County, Oregon. It’s about 60 miles (97 km) east of Portland. Mount Hood elevation is 5,960 feet (1,817 m), which makes it Oregon’s highest mountain. The hotel is located in very picturesque scenery at the Mount Hood National Forest. Timberline Lodge was built and furnished from 1936 to 1938 as a Works Progress Administration project during The Great Depression. President Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated Timberline Lodge in 1937.

The Timberline Lodge in Oregon is the U.S. National Historic Landmark from 1977. The architecture of the building deserves attention. Both inside and outside the Timberline Lodge fits perfectly into the raw mountain landscape.

Resort is a four-story structure. The ground-level exterior walls are heavy boulders. Timber is used from the first-floor up. Inside you will find amazing huge fireplaces. There is six fireplace openings—three on the ground floor, three on the first floor. They give warm and amazing light. The interiors are wooden. Huge wooden heavy tables and chairs fill the space. Oregon woods were used throughout the building include cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, western juniper and ponderosa pine. There are lots of comfortable sofas and armchairs with warm light around fireplace. So, you can sit by the fireplace and read The Shining by Stephen King. And don’t forget about The Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which is unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining. Even if you know these novels and watched the movie before, believe me, reading in the wooden interiors of Timberline Lodge will make your body goosebumps.

What’s more, at the reception you can even get a famous axe used in The Shining movie by Jack Nicholson, and take photos as in a film set.

Timberline Lodge: The Shining
Timberline Lodge: The Shining
Timberline Lodge: The Shining

How to get to Timberline Lodge?

Timberline Lodge is accessible through the Mount Hood Scenic Byway.
From Portland to Timberline Lodge is about 64 miles via US-26 E. Driving will take 1 hour 20 minutes.
From Bend is about 111 miles via US-97 N and US-26 W. It’s about 2 hours 10 minutes of driving.

PROTIP: If you are planning a road trip around Oregon, we recommend Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas. It is very informative and detailed. Thanks to this atlas, our trip was more interesting, as could quickly learn what was nearby and plan ahed. It’s also a useful alternative to GPS maps when traveling.

TRIPTIP: If you like exciting & climatic places, include the ghost town of Shaniko to your Oregon road trip. It’s one of the best ghost towns in Oregon. From Mount Hood, it’s only 85 miles. Please, check our photos from Shaniko.

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Timberline Lodge Ski Area Accomodation

PROTIP: Check prices and book your stay at Timberline Lodge in advance because the place is trendy.

With direct access to the slopes, Timberline Lodge makes guests feel at home with amenities like a sauna and a heated outdoor pool. All 70 individually decorated rooms feature free WiFi and pillowtop beds. Rooms are very cozy, rustically inspired, feature original handcrafted furnishings. Each room has a TV with cable or satellite channels, ironing facilities, and a private bathroom with a bathtub or shower and free toiletries. Moreover, in each room, you will find a DVD with The Shining movie.

Furthermore, you have three restaurants with excellent fresh meals and great service. The Blue Ox Bar offers pub-style cuisine, Ram’s Head Bar specializes in casual dining, and the Cascade Dining Room highlights an exceptional dining atmosphere.

Timberline Lodge: The Shining

Timberline Lodge is a popular tourist attraction. One of the reason is fact that is the place where was The Shining filmed. It is notable in film for serving as the exterior of the Overlook Hotel in The Shining.

The film is based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same title and it is worth reading this thrilling book before watching the movie. It’s worth watching The Shining movie before visiting the Timberline Lodge. But if you won’t find the time, don’t worry. A film is shown in the small cinema room in Timberline Lodge every evening. Moreover, in hotel rooms, there are DVDs with a movie. So you can watch it during your stay.

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Timberline Lodge: The Shining movie location

Exterior views of Timberline Lodge covered by the snow were used in The Shining (1980) by Stanley Kubrick.
The action of the movie is set at the fictional Overlook Hotel.
The owners and staff were worried guests would be reluctant to stay in Room 217, where was the action played in a horror movie. So, the management requested the room number be changed to the fictional Room 237.

The film’s main character is Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), who moves with his family to a mountain hotel where he is employed as a winter watchman. The calm of the resort, which is abandoned during the off-season, is to enable him to concentrate on his literary work. It turns out, however, that the sinister atmosphere of the place gradually pushes him into madness.

The main theme of The Shining is evil and the mystery of its genesis. At the same time, Kubrick asks questions about the condition of the family and society at that time. The main stars in the Shining are Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers, and Danny Lloyd. Excellent acting, great photos, and music make the film permanently imprinted in the memory.

In 2013, Stephen King wrote the novel Doctor Sleep a sequel to King’s 1977 novel The Shining. In 2019 Doctor Sleep, an American supernatural horror film, was written and directed by Mike Flanagan. So, also watch the movie to see the amazing psychic abilities & story of the Torrance family.

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Timberline Lodge: The Shining

Mount Hood Area – Things To Do

If you like snowy winter fun & activities, Timberline Lodge is a place that is perfect for you.
The Mount Hood has six ski areas: Timberline, Mount Hood Meadows, Ski Bowl, Cooper Spur, Snow Bunny, and Summit. They total over 4,600 acres (7.2 sq mi; 19 km2) of skiable terrain. Furthermore, Timberline, with one lift having a base at nearly 6,940 ft (2,120 m), offers the only year-round lift-served skiing in North America.

But this place is worth seeing all year round, especially if you like hiking the mountains. Mount Hood is within the Mount Hood National Forest, which comprises 1,067,043 acres (1,667 sq mi; 4,318 km2) of land. It offers more than 1,200 miles (1,900 km) of the hiking trail with different levels of difficulty.

If you want to plane some hikes we can highly reccomend Day Hiking Mount Hood: A Year-Round Guide. It includes 85 hikes, from easy to strenuous. For each hike author describes rating and difficulty, distance, elevation gain and high point, best season, land management information, trailhead GPS coordinates, how to go farther, and more. It’s also full of information about flora and fauna of Mount Hood area.

Timberline Lodge Trailhead

From Timberline Lodge you have some great hikes to choose from. You can find there trailheads:

  • Paradise Park from Timberline Lodge Hike
  • Mountaineer Trail Loop Hike
  • Zigzag Overlook Hike
  • Timberline Trail around Mount Hood Hike
  • Mount Hood Meadows via White River Canyon Hike.
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If you’re planning a trip to Oregon, please check out some of the other great places we describe in related posts:

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