The second my husband found out that Timberline Lodge was the hotel in The Shining, it was immediately added to our list of things to do in Mt Hood. On our last full day on vacation, we took the scenic drive up the mountain to see the historical lodge.
I was completely mesmerized by all the waterfalls I saw going up the mountain. Quinn was quite annoyed because I felt the need to stop at every single one and take a picture. He said they were “all the same” but who is he kidding. They are all awesome. It made me quite jealous that we had nothing like that back home. Can you imagine if you were driving down the highway and saw waterfalls instead of big, ugly buildings? It would be amazing and I bet there would be much less road rage.
After about a 10-15 minute drive, we made it to Timberline Lodge. The lodge was constructed between 1936 and 1938 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project during the Great Depression. Workers used large timbers and local stone, and placed intricately carved decorative elements throughout the building. I loved seeing the architecture and detail of the building.
After doing a bit of research, I found out that Timberline Lodge has been in LOTS of movies!
The 1941 short musical film, Jingle Belles is set at the lodge.
The 1952 film Bend of the River starring James Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julie Adams, and Rock Hudson was partially filmed on the snow above Timberline Lodge, near the Magic Mile chairlift.
The 1960 film All the Young Men, starring Alan Ladd and Sidney Poitier, had some snow scenes filmed at Timberline.
The 1973 version of Lost Horizon, starring Liv Ullman, Michael York, Peter Finch, Sally Kellerman, John Gielgud andOlivia Hussey had portions shot in the Timberline parking lot. Blizzard conditions needed in the film were created by a helicopter. Other scenes were shot in the immediate area while the lodge was a base for the cast and crew.
The 1980 movie The Shining used aerial shots of the Timberline Lodge as part of its opening scene, and exterior footage for some establishing shots of the fictional Overlook Hotel throughout the movie. The movie was based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, which King was inspired to write while at The Stanley Hotel in Colorado.Several of the exterior shots in the film which purport to show the lodge, such as those of the hedge maze and loading dock, were taken at Elstree Studios in England, using a mock-up of the south face of the lodge. There is no hedge maze (and hardly any level ground) at the Timberline Lodge. All interior scenes were shot at Elstree Studios as well, and do not depict the interior of the Timberline Lodge.
In 1981, Boris Sagal was directing the TV movie World War III starring Rock Hudson. During filming, Sagal was killed in Timberline Lodge’s parking lot when he walked into the tail rotor blades of a helicopter, almost decapitating him.
The 1993 film Hear No Evil was partly filmed at Timberline.
If you’re in the Mt Hood area, Timberline Lodge is a MUST SEE. Don’t miss out on this historical site.
Timberline Lodge is located at 27500 E. Timberline Road, Timberline Lodge, Oregon 97028