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Offline R Doug

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In my planned trip this June, I plan to depart from the Grand Teton Lodge near the Southern entrance to Yellowstone and make my way to Red Lodge that day via Beartooth Pass (Monday June 20).  This is my shortest planned day as I do plan to stop (and be slowed by traffic) in Yellowstone. 

In the case there are high amounts of snow drifts during the day I plan to ride Beartooth making it a bit treacherous on a motorcycle, is Rt. 14 out through the East entrance lower in elevation and a suitable "Plan B?"

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Re: Seeking Backup Route in the case Beartooth Pass isn't Passable.
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2016, 08:33:33 AM »
beartooth should* be fine, but if not either go to cody and up to belfry/red lodge or exit Yellowstone at Cook city and take chief joseph highway, belfry/redlodge
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Re: Seeking Backup Route in the case Beartooth Pass isn't Passable.
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2016, 08:38:21 AM »
Thanks.

To clarify, is this what you're talking about on your second option out of Cook City?


https://goo.gl/maps/xfwPrVKfG6N2


This is what I'm going to avoid.  If conditions are like this in June, I'll pass on Beartooth Pass.


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Re: Seeking Backup Route in the case Beartooth Pass isn't Passable.
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2016, 08:50:44 AM »
yes, that is it, and it's a nice ride too!. it is all low elevation (relatively speaking).

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Re: Seeking Backup Route in the case Beartooth Pass isn't Passable.
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2016, 09:34:02 AM »
Beartooth is a crapshoot at best.  Note the three different road survaces

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Re: Seeking Backup Route in the case Beartooth Pass isn't Passable.
« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2016, 11:05:57 AM »
it's always cool at the top, not unusual to be in the 30's with a very light snow falling. But, the road is decent and the experience is well worth being cold for a half an hour IMO. I ride it a t least a couple times a year.
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