I'm headed to Yellowstone and will be riding my bike on the more scenic legs of the trip. I'm going east to west. Is Beartooth Pass more scenic than Chief Joseph Hwy? Thanks.
You may have just caused me to revise my route. That morning I will be starting from West Yellowstone and making the Beartooth/Chief Joseph loop and ending up in Livingston, MT. If I do that, does you or anyone have suggestions as to which way to ride the Beartooth/Chief Joseph loop, clockwise or counterclockwise? I'll be headed for Kalispell, MT the next day to ride the Going to the Sun Road in Glacier NP the following day.Why not do both?
Not sure whether you're coming in from Mt or Wy.
Pretty easy to do both those rides in the same day.
If you come into Wy and end up in Cody head north.
North of Cody you'll come to the cutoff for Chief Joseph. On the west side of Chief Joseph you go a little ways down the road and then turn right to head up Beartooth. On the north end of Beartooth is Red Lodge. You could maybe stay there a night then head back over Beartooth next morining and, on the Wy side, head into Jellystone at Cooke City. I realize this route is a bit "out of the way" but it would be well worth it.
If you are coming through Mt, then hole up in Red Lodge for the night, go over Beartooth and Chief Joseph the next morning and head into Jellystone from Cody.
I'm taking everything you say in. Some of this ride will develop as we do it. We know the general outline but a lot of little stuff is still to be worked out. Here is the general outline.Michael.
Come out of Yellowstone into Cody.
Then go north and follow the directions in my last post.
Don't have to go all the way to Cooke City to get to Beartooth.
The Beartooth cutoff is a few miles east of Cooke City.
Go over Beartooth to Red Lodge.
From Red Lodge go up Mt 78 to Columbus. It's like 50 miles.
Then take I-90 West from Columbus to Livingston.
Livingston is like 70 miles from Columbus.
And, in spite of the fact that it's a freeway, I-90 through there ain't bad.
If you want a couple of alternative routes from Livingston to Kalispel let me know.
Only thing I'll say is that this is a helluva lot to bite off for one day.
By the time you get through Yellowstone, you'll likely be ready to stay in Cody.
It really can take almost all day to get through the Park.
All depends on how many cars stop to look at each buffalo and antelope and bird and.........
And from Cody to Red Lodge takes 5-6 hours with stops.
Thanks for the thumbs up on Route 2, that is good to hear as none of us have done Route 2. Route 20 also looks good. The "problem" is that we only have from August 4-16th for the ride, and something has to be left out. We've already eliminated Arches NP in UT because of the extra distance and that it would likely be quite hot. We're still looking at Northern Cascades NP so Route 2 and 20 would be perfect for that. As I said, a lot of this part of the ride will be figured out as it happens when we see how many miles a day we are comfortable riding. I find 300-350 is usually the distance per day that my long rides wind up being.Michael I'm at work.
Cant go into detail now.
I'll post details this eve.
Short answer? You bet!
US 2 west out of Kalespel when you're done Glaciering.
Then hook up with state rt 20 in northern Washington which is North Cascades Hwy.
I've got some suggestions to get from Livingston to Kalispel too.
I'd exit the park at Fishing Bridge and spend the night in Cody. Have dinner at Irma's. The next morning do CJH and Beartooth, 78 out of Red Lodge is nice. Sweepers thru the foothills.You all have given me some thoughts as to how to revise my route. Since I will probably be staying the night before in Jackson, WY, I think the next night will be in either Red Lodge or Belfry, MT and skip a night in West Yellowstone. That way we could make the loop and see both Beartooth and Chief Joseph and not stress ourselves out. We've all seen Yellowstone so we wouldn't miss much.