We've been staying at one of these cabins in winter for 7 years. After the first couple of years, we picked one (Chimney Rock A-Frame) and made it a New Year's (and my husband's birthday) tradition. Because you ski or snowshoe in, winter evenings are quiet and skiing by headlamp is a special treat. (This year we were lucky enough to do this on a clear night with a full moon!) We also try to get out the door to the meadow early enough to catch the sunrise before we finish getting ready for the day's adventure.
My daughter really enjoys skiing a tiny bit to the meadow to meet people on sunny days or on the trail around Trillium Lake where we often meet new people. The adults in our group like to go beyond the usual loop and find adventures where we rarely see more than a couple of people until we're nearly back at the cabin. You can easily find routes to fill your entire day. Many people don't bother going back out to their cars but we sometimes find skiing to town fun and have skied up West Leg to Timberline Lodge for lunch.
For some people snowshoeing/skiing in to a cabin will be enough of an adventure and they'll find a cozy place to visit and play games when they arrive.
All the cabins are well appointed and the larger cabins have washers and dryers which are great for longer stays (you can pack in less!). We also like the larger cabins because we invite friends to drop in when they can. We enjoy the smaller cabins for shorter stays and smaller groups.
We have stayed in the cabins in summer as well. Its a different kind of fun - finding salamanders in the lake, floating around on tubes and watching for eagles or osprey. In summer, you can drive right to the cabin door.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Summit Meadow Cabins have been providing memorable getaways for families and small groups since 1982 when Dave and Wendy decided to share this unique setting located south of Government Camp in a small section of private land surrounded by national forest. Our fully outfitted cabins are located in a wooded, creekside setting on Mt Hood's southern flank.Close to hikes, bike trails, lakes, wildflowers, birding and more, it's the perfect place for a summer family reunion, a small group activity or a secluded getaway for a couple. Once the snow falls, guests leave their car behind and GET to xc ski or snowshoe 1.5 miles to reach the cabins which are in the middle of a great xc ski and snowshoe trails system. Most don't return to their cars until it's time to head for home. ... more less