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Old 01-10-2019, 05:52 AM
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If you miss Beartooth for 200 miles, you need to sell your bike.



 
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:49 AM
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Wow! Great feedback everyone. So, Iíll definitely include Beartooth in the trip. We are limiting the trip to 2 weeks, and although Iíd love to do the loop like Chief suggested I canít fit it all in. Hey...thereís always next year.

Our rough itinerary, with key points:
- Depart San Diego area north on I-15, to Park City, Ut
- North along Snake River to Jackson, Wy.
- Through Grand Teton, NP to Yellowstone
- Staying at Old Faithful Lodge for 2 nites, one day of touring Yellowstone.
- Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, then on to the East end of Glacierís Going to the Sun Rd.
- Gong to the Sun Rd to Lake McDonald
- Staying at Lake McDonald lodge in Glacier
- South to Idaho then cross Idaho (east to west) via the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
- Spend 2 nites in Lake Tahoe
- 395 South to Lee Vining, then west on Tioga Pass Highway to Yosemite NP.
- Spend 1 nite in Yosemite
- home.

3,300 Miles.
 

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Originally Posted by Whiskyjock View Post
I'd give up Glacier in a heartbeat to ride Beartooth, Chief Joseph and a bit of time in Cody. Been to them all. By all means do it. Also throw in Hwy 14 east of Cody
THIS!

I've done both multiple times, and I'll keep going back to Beartooth. Easily on my list of top 3 roads.
 
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Yes Hell Yes 200 miles is nothing
 
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:07 PM
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Glad you are doing Beartooth, amazing ride! You need to plan another trip up there and catch Chief Joseph, if you can't work it in this time. This one is also amazing to ride and the views are spectacular.
 
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Originally Posted by TriGeezer View Post
Wow! Great feedback everyone. So, Iíll definitely include Beartooth in the trip. We are limiting the trip to 2 weeks, and although Iíd love to do the loop like Chief suggested I canít fit it all in. Hey...thereís always next year.

Our rough itinerary, with key points:
- Depart San Diego area north on I-15, to Park City, Ut
- North along Snake River to Jackson, Wy.
- Through Grand Teton, NP to Yellowstone
- Staying at Old Faithful Lodge for 2 nites, one day of touring Yellowstone.
- Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, then on to the East end of Glacierís Going to the Sun Rd.
- Gong to the Sun Rd to Lake McDonald
- Staying at Lake McDonald lodge in Glacier
- South to Idaho then cross Idaho (east to west) via the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
- Spend 2 nites in Lake Tahoe
- 395 South to Lee Vining, then west on Tioga Pass Highway to Yosemite NP.
- Spend 1 nite in Yosemite
- home.

3,300 Miles.
Looks great.... map this out... Red Lodge ... Hwy 78 to Columbus... I-90 to Big Timber ... 191 to 12 to 89, up and over the Little Belt Mountains ... all the way to Great Falls (you will ride right past the HD shop... then up 89 to all the way to St Marys. Keeps you off the slab most of the way. There has been a bit of construction on 89.
 
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by TriGeezer View Post
Wow! Great feedback everyone. So, Iíll definitely include Beartooth in the trip. We are limiting the trip to 2 weeks, and although Iíd love to do the loop like Chief suggested I canít fit it all in. Hey...thereís always next year.

Our rough itinerary, with key points:
- Depart San Diego area north on I-15, to Park City, Ut
- North along Snake River to Jackson, Wy.
- Through Grand Teton, NP to Yellowstone
- Staying at Old Faithful Lodge for 2 nites, one day of touring Yellowstone.
- Beartooth Highway to Red Lodge, then on to the East end of Glacierís Going to the Sun Rd.
- Gong to the Sun Rd to Lake McDonald
- Staying at Lake McDonald lodge in Glacier
- South to Idaho then cross Idaho (east to west) via the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.
- Spend 2 nites in Lake Tahoe
- 395 South to Lee Vining, then west on Tioga Pass Highway to Yosemite NP.
- Spend 1 nite in Yosemite
- home.

3,300 Miles.
Think about this:
After Glacier drop down to Missoula, go to Lolo pass on Hwy12, follow that along Clearwater River to Lewiston (one of my favorite roads in the US but I've always only done it West to East) Stop in Lowell, ID just before Lewiston for lunch at the Wilderness Cafť. (Lowell, ID is a gas station and the cafť, my favorite food place. From Lewiston continue West through Columbia River Gorge, take 97 through Oregon and into Reno.
If you've never been through the Gorge it's very scenic. This route will also take you through Pendleton, OR Bike week there is July 18 - 21, if that fits in with your timeline
Hell's Canyon Bike week is the week before that in Baker, OR just south or Lewiston, ID if that fits in more with your timeline.

Whatever you do, looks like a great trip, enjoy!
 
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Instead of leaving Yellowstone out of the northeast. Go out the east entrance towards Cody. The east entrance is one fine ride. Out of Cody hit Chief Joseph and you hit Beartooth from there. Your not missing anything spectacular on the Beartooth until after that point.
Once you get to Glacier make sure you hit Many Glacier. Have fun. I'm headed back to Glacier this year also. Probably the end of July. Then hit Sturgis on the way home.
 
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Map 2 is a great ride, dont think you'll ever regret it.
 
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Originally Posted by CR3999 View Post
Instead of leaving Yellowstone out of the northeast. Go out the east entrance towards Cody. The east entrance is one fine ride. Out of Cody hit Chief Joseph and you hit Beartooth from there. Your not missing anything spectacular on the Beartooth until after that point.
Yeah, what he said. Very nice ride.
 
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