Silcox Hut


Silcox Hut

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Snowcat transports overnight guests. Skibowl and much of the Cascade Range is visible]

The Silcox Hut as it is commonly known, but officially Silcox Warming Hut [ cite web
url = http://nwdata.geol.pdx.edu/OR-GIS/PlaceNames/S.html
title = Oregon Geographic Names
date = 2001-09-18
accessdate = 2006-08-30
] , is a small rustic mid-mountain lodge located at ft to m|6950 elevation on Mount Hood, Oregon, United States. It is approximately 1,000 vertical feet above Timberline Lodge and roughly one mile distance directly up the mountain.

Silcox Hut was built by the WPA and finished in 1939. It was named after Ferdinand Silcox, the fifth Chief of the Forest Service, 1933-1939. [ cite web
url = http://www.foresthistory.org/Research/usfscoll/people/Silcox/Silcox.html
title = Ferdinand A. Silcox
publisher = Forest History Society
date = November 12004
accessdate = 2008-01-20
] [ cite web
url = http://www.u-s-history.com/or/f/frisilhu.htm
title = Friends of Silcox Hut Portland, Oregon (Hiking)
publisher = Online Highways
accessdate = 2008-01-20
] The hut was the upper terminal of the original Magic Mile chairlift and housed the lift's upper bullwheel in what is now the guest sleeping quarters. It was also intended as a warming hut and starting point for climbers. After the chairlift was relocated in 1962, it was abandoned and became derelict due to the fierce mountain weather and vandalism.

In 1966 the Portland State Outdoor Program leased the Hut. The students of the Program made a few improvements to the hut including repairs to the fireplace hearth and new window shutters. Alumni of the Outdoor Program, consider this lease the first action taken to save Silcox Hut. According to the Alumni, there was discussion between the US Forest Service and Timberline Lodge to burn down the hut because of it condition. Even though the Program enjoyed the access to the mountain that the Hut provided, they could not counter the vandalism, that seemed to be a constant, and had to relinquish the lease.

Silcox Hut was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.In the same year, the Friends of Silcox Hut was created as a non-profit organization.The initial restoration proposal was made by climbing enthusiasts and guides, and it was their intention to operate the facility.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was renovated by The Friends of Silcox Hut, and reopened to the public in 1993. Although the Friends of Silcox Hut intended it partially as an overnight hostel and restaurant for climbers, it is now rented out to groups of up to 24 for overnight lodging and hearty meals by RLK, the operators of Timberline Lodge. It is available for group day use such as weddings and anniversaries.

The Friends of Silcox received several awards for its restoration, including the People's Choice Award and the Craftsmanship Award from the Portland AIA Awards Program in 1993.

The Friends of Silcox Hut carries on as a non-profit maintenance and special projects group to protect the integrity of the restoration. Its board is entirely made up of architects and craftsmen and others deeply involved in the original restoration. Lifetime memberships are available for $1,000, and regular membership is available for $35 annually. All proceeds support restoration efforts.

Recent special projects included a snow tunnel for the south entrance engineered to withstand 25 feet of compacted snow.

External links

* [http://www.timberlinelodge.com/lodging/silcox_hut.php Lodging information]
* [http://nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/OR/Clackamas/state2.html National Historic place information]
* [http://www.timberlinelodge.com/lodge/silcox_katu.shtml Local TV travel report of Silcox Hut]
* [http://www.timberlinelodge.com/conditions/SnowDepthCharts.shtml Historic snow depth information at Timberline]

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