Beartooth Pass

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 42 visitors


State: Wyoming
Date Submitted: July 1, 2001
Submitted by: Anonymous
Motorcycle Road Length: 50 Miles

Written Directions

North entrance....Go south of Billings and I-90 on highway 212 through Red Lodge (MT). About 15 minutes south of town you go UP! way up to nearly 11,000 feet. Extreme road. About 2 hrs later after going over the top and down a even narrower south decent into Wyoming, you can go West into Yellowstone Park on 212 through Cook City, or East to Cody on the Chief Joseph scenic Highway, and it is nearly as good as the Beartooth! From the East do yourselves a favor and come from Sheridan over the Bighorn Mountains(another great route!). Suggest if going South to forget Yellowstone Park and go east! Fantastic mountain route. If you gotta see the park..Turn around at Sheridan and go back in on 14 through Cody. Don't miss these roads!

Scenery  

This road will curl your hair. Lotsa UP and DOWN, little guardrails, awesome scenery. You couldn't build a better route than this one! Expect to see as many bikes on this road as cars! Everything from incredible mountains, dense forest, rivers, rocks to snow and tundra. And a whole lot of "straight down"!. Photo contributed by visitor in May 09: "Beartooth Pass In August 2008."

Road Quality  

Steep grades, endless hairpin curves, countless switch-backs, good pavement as no trucks, campers dare go up this one!

Photo contributed by visitor in May 09: "Bear Tooth Pass Photo - August 2007."

Photo contributed by visitor in Jul 09: "View from overlook in MT. This is a stop with resrtooms and photo ops."

Photo contributed by visitor in Jul 09: "Near the summit on 212 in MT. Rain in the distance."

Roadside Amenities  

Just lots of pullouts to peer over the edge!

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by Guest on July 14, 2012
(3 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: docbert
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley Ultra Classic
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I live in Wyoming and try to do this ride every summer. The scenery is beautiful, and the roads are twisty and steep. There are a few hairpin curves, and you have to pay attention, but the experienced rider won't have any problems.

Be prepared for the temperature to be 20 degrees cooler on top of the pass with possible cold rain or even snow, especially early in the summer.

You won't be sorry that you rode 500 miles out of your way to do this ride. It is definitely worth the trip. I rank this up there with Trail Ridge Road and Independence Pass in Colorado.
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Reviewed by FBFletch on November 1, 2012
(2 out of 2 members found this review useful.)
Creator: FBFletch
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I rode the Beartooth Hwy on August 5, 2011. It was part of a ride from NC to Sturgis for bike week. On the way out, I rode from NC to Cooke City, MT for the express purpose of riding the Beartooth Hwy. All I can say is, if I had ridden from NC to Cooke City, and had ridden the Beartooth Hwy and gone straight back to NC, it would have been worth the trip.

I've ridden a lot of beautiful roads in this country but, the Beartooth Hwy is without question my personal favorite. I'm going back to Sturgis in 2013 and I'm taking a friend of my to Yellowstone just so we can ride the Beartooth Hwy on the way back to Sturgis. This was a ride that was on my Bucket list and making the trip was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Don't miss this road!
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Reviewed by tdk79 on September 12, 2012
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: tdk79
motorcycle_year: 2012
motorcycle_make: Harley Electra Glide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: The Beartooth was the inspiration for our trip from Chicago in late August, 2012. There isn't an adjective to describe the beauty of this road. Be prepared for any weather, even in the summer (it snowed on Beartooth in early August). Well maintained, smooth asphalt. Plenty of pull-outs for stopping. Not at all dangerous or challenging, but extremely exciting! The best ride ever!
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Reviewed by Poola on February 23, 2012
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Creator: Poola
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Suzuki Boulevard
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Went to Cody, WY in July 2010 for the 70th annual Motor Maids convention. While out there was told that we HAD to ride Beartooth Pass - that it totally rivaled Deals Gap in TN. Based on what my peers were telling me I was terrified to ride it, but excited at the same time. Lots of area without guard rails - just stay focused and you'll do fine! The scenery was breathtaking - many many switchbacks and hair pin curves. Came in through Red Lodge, Montana and went out through Cooke City. Must stop at the Top of the World gift store and take in the scenery. The temp at the bottom was mid 60's but at the top it was 29 degrees and probably about 6" of snow left on the ground. The roads were very clear. Great ride - a MUST!
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Reviewed by Trapper on November 27, 2011
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha "Raider" V-Twin, 119 c.i./1900 c.c.
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is among the best of rides in the USA. I rate it just a little higher than the "Tail of the Dragon" at Dills Gap, N.C. Rode it from Cooke City to Red Lodge on July 29, 2011. Stayed at the Red Lodge Inn that night in Red Lodge, Montana. Todd and his wife Linda, owners of the motel were the most hospitable Inn Keepers I ever stayed with.
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Reviewed by Guest on March 14, 2011
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Faztharley
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Beautiful ride from Red Lodge MT to Cody WY via beartooth Pass and Chief Joseph Hwy/Crandall Rd/Hwy 187 in August 2010.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 19, 2010
(1 out of 1 members found this review useful.)
Creator: Ron
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Kawasaki
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: we tried to do the pass in late june of 2010..it was cloudy/overcast 64 degrees in red lodge when we left... we could not make it to the summit do to the snow that started to fall (we turned around when the snow accumulated 6-8" on the road. 2 of the 5 bikes i was with went down..as we were travelling slow, no damage to anyone...1 bike broke a mount for the saddlebag.... like the warnings say...the weather can change quickly....will try again next year
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Reviewed by WVrider on July 2, 2014
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
Creator: WVRider
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: How this isn't rated higher here I do not know. It should be 6 . By far the most scenic / fun / breathtaking rode I have ever ridden. Was actually voted as # 1 motorcycle road in America and I can see why. Rode across this on the 6th of June 2014 and it was absolutely amazing. A must do ! Just note, there was still a lot of snow up there on this date. Had only been opened a few weeks prior to our trip.
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Reviewed by Guest on May 11, 2014
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Creator: roadee
motorcycle_year: 2013
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Standard
Comment: Been on this road many of time. It's gets better all the time. High mtn vista's, wildlife and lots of curves. I would like to mention that more than half of this highway is in Wyoming. So needs to be enter as being in Montana and Wyoming.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 6, 2014
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Creator: tony s
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: honda valkyrie
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: its panoramic views are second to none.ive been on it twice, and I'm going again this summer
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Reviewed by Streetglyde on March 14, 2014
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Creator: Streetglyde
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: HD
Comment: Detoured to Cody on the way to Sturgis in 2013. Rode Beartooth and agree its one of the best. Live and ride in Colorado and we are going back again to ride it this year.
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Reviewed by proberts on February 15, 2014
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Creator: proberts
motorcycle_year: 2012
motorcycle_make: Road Glide Custom
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: It's all you've heard about and more. Breathtaking scenery. Be prepared for severe climate changes as you go over the pass. Yes, snow in the summer. Definitely should be on every touring rider's bucket list.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 30, 2013
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Comment: I rode this in July, 2012. Absolutely fantastic trip! This road, along with the Chief Joseph Highway MUST be on any bikers "gotta ride" list.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 21, 2013
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Creator: Rick-eureka
motorcycle_year: 2011
motorcycle_make: Harley-FLHTCU
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Great ride. Put on must do list! Dress warm. Serious road construction below lake. Wet, slick, muck. Leave room between vehicle in front of you so you don't have to stop. Gorgeous ride even with the road construction.
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Reviewed by DaBulls on July 31, 2013
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Creator: Sue B
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Yamaha Roadstart
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Absolutely terrific. Do it.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 27, 2013
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Creator: Oss
motorcycle_year: 2001
motorcycle_make: Valkyrie Interstate
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: On my trip from NY to Seattle I knew I was going to love this ride. Went from Cody thru Chief Joseph Highway ( a terrific road in its own right) and then over Beartooth Pass. This was the most enjoyable day of riding my motorcycle ever and since.
Wish I had time to go back and do the pass 2 more times before continuing to Lolo Pass. The snow drifts on the sides were over 6 feet in places Temp at end of june were just fine.
A definite must do ride.
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Reviewed by Pres10 on July 26, 2013
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Creator: Pres10
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Triumph Rocket III
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Absolutely beautiful. Must see if in the area.
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Reviewed by wormdirt on June 20, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Road Kin
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Must do ride.
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Reviewed by spmac on June 10, 2013
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Creator: spmac
motorcycle_year: 2010-FLHTK
motorcycle_make: Harley
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Beartooh is a lot of fun.Did it twice in a day Cooke City to Red Lodge for lunch and then Cody through Chief Joseph.Best to do it during the week,very little traffic.
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Reviewed by Damnit on March 24, 2013
(0 out of 0 members found this review useful.)
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: By far the best route into Yellowstone! Spend a day and night in Red Lodge so you can get an early start.
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Reviewed by ROADWHORE on January 12, 2013
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Creator: ROADWHORE
motorcycle_year: 08
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We ride this route several times a year. never get tired of it.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 31, 2012
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Creator: royaleride
motorcycle_year: 1988
motorcycle_make: yamaha
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: went over this last year and found it to be incredable. the view is nothing less than breathe taking, we have lots of roads like this in Canada to ride on, but i will be back summer of 2013 to ride again, this time will spend more time in this area
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Reviewed by Spiritrider on October 3, 2012
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Creator: Spiritrider
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley Streetglide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We went over the Beartooth with 5 bikes, a Harley Streetglide, a Sporty, 1 sport bike and 2 enduros. They all did fine. The view is spectacular and the road is is good shape. It was August so there were vehicles of all types and drivers of all levels on the road but they did not present any problems. If you make this ride, and you should, give yourself plenty of time to enjoy it.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 9, 2012
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Creator: Snag
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley Davidson Ultra Limited
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Rode Beartooth Pass on opening day May 28, 2010. This is the best of the best bar none. Heavy fog coming up the Chief Joseph trek. Once above the fog brilliant sunshine and snow drifts 8 & 9 ft high! Temps were in the 50's in Cody and dropped to 35 on the pass. The spectacular scnenery and sheer adventure of riding the pass the very morning it opened offset the cold temps.

Coasted into Red Lodge and tied up the iron horses in front of a saloon to have a celebratory beer. What a memory! Do this in your first life on earth.
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Reviewed by JCZ on January 23, 2012
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Creator: JCZ
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Screamin Eagle Street Glide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: There are four or five rides that everybody should ride at least once in their life.

Bear Tooth Pass coupled with Chief Joseph Hwy. is at the top of the "must do" list!
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Reviewed by Felon on November 29, 2011
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Creator: Felon
motorcycle_year: 207
motorcycle_make: H-D Street Glide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: BEST!!!! Of all of these!!! Everything you could ask for in a motorcycle road and more. I love it as you cross the tree line and the scenery changes from trees to rocks.
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Reviewed by JGO4TH on October 3, 2011
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Creator: John G
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Street Glide
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: What an incredible ride! Took the Bear Tooth Pass on my way to Sturgis and it was the highlight of my trip. The traffic was light and the weather was perfect. It's also true about the guard rails. I noticed that on the Montana side, they have guard rails...but on the Wyoming side, not so much. This was a great ride with great views.
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Reviewed by flrider06 on August 16, 2011
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Creator: Flrider06
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: H D
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: This ride deserves its spot among the best motorcycle roads. I've made the trip several times from Red Lodge, MT to Cody, WY and Yellowstone. Believe me, I plan to ride the Beartooth many, many more times. On your 11,000 foot climb you get a little bit of everything. Unbelievable scenery, weather (hot, cold, sun, snow), lots of bikes, and remember, it is grizzly bear country!! I was last there in 2009 and there was a nice stop at the top known as the Top of the World. Take a break there and enjoy the experience! I can't wait to go back with some friends that have not yet experienced this ride of a lifetime.
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Reviewed by Guest on April 7, 2011
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Creator: Uncle Wally
motorcycle_year: 1984
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Other
Comment: Part of my ride home from Sturgis to Maryland via Yellowstone in Aug 1994. Great scenery, perfect weather, just a fantastic ride!!!! A bit cold at the top, started out in a tanktop and had to bundle my butt up!! Stopped at the Top Of The World Store. Camped in a teepee at a motel in Redlodge,( is the place still there?) My ride? A custom rigid/springer 96" stroker shovel with magneto ign. and foot clutch/hand shift. No problems the whole trip! Did wear out my back tire though! Sure would like to do it again sometime.................
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Reviewed by Guest on February 27, 2011
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Creator: Steve Penick
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: First time over Beartooth in July 2007, coming out of Lamar Valley in Yellowstone heading for Red Lodge, we hit so much hail that it turned the road into a sheet of thick ice - fun ride!! Second time over in July of 2008 was beautiful sunshine. Awesome ride and fantastic scenery. Hardly wait to do it again!!!
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Reviewed by Guest on February 24, 2011
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Creator: Phil Mcphail
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Went from cooke city over to red lodge early in the morning then back across to chief joseph by way to cody,what a ride!!
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Reviewed by Guest on January 18, 2011
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Creator: Mike
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Made the trip over Beartooth early September 2010. Sunny in Red Lodge and 45 degrees. cold (36 degrees) and rain on the other side. Weather changes fast so be prepared if you go in the fall. The following day the pass was closed due to heavy snow. What a beautiful ride. Maybe saw 6 vehicles and no bikes. Made the ride alone and certainly wish I could have shared this with the wife and riding neighbors. I have traveled all over the West and this was the best--so far. Next year Alaska.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 10, 2011
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Creator: Brian Gravell
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: My wife and I rode from De. to Ca. and we were told we had to ride the Beartooth Pass and we are so glad we did it was the best ride we did so far. Beautiful is not a good enough word to discribe the experience we had. we are going back this year to Glascier nat.park and we will hit the Beartooth on the way
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Reviewed by Guest on January 7, 2011
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Creator: rand pace
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I went with a buddy , him on his road king me on my super glide, up through jackson then out east yellow stone. then up to cody and on into red lodge. what a fantastic ride! the scenery! WOW! up to the summit we had to stop every mile or so to take it all in. 2011 is the year i do it again, this time i'll take my woman.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 15, 2010
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Creator: Jim Haugen
Comment: Went over the Beartooth in July of 2000 and will never forget the pure awe of the scenery.Most unforgettable motorcycle trip imaginable.Went through the Bighorn Mountains also through Buffalo Wy and that is also a great ride.Any one that rides should do it.On my bucket list to do it again.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 27, 2010
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Creator: Vance Bailes
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I have riden through the majority of the U.S. and consider this the ultimate road to ride. It even beats Going to the Sun in Glazier.
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Reviewed by Guest on September 9, 2010
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Creator: Dragon
motorcycle_year: 2009
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: I have been on this ride many times and this is one of the best rides I have ever been on. Catch the ride on a nice day and you will swear you are in heaven.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 31, 2010
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Creator: Jack Fries
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode through here the week prior to Sturgis 2010. Stayed in Red Lodge and rode from East to west. It was an amazing ride and I will definately be back. The town of Red Lodge is nice and Hotels are plentiful. We had no problem finding rooms with no reservations and they weren't very expensive. I've heard good things about Chief Joseph byway that joins up with 212 just outside Cooke City. When I go back, I am gonna try to do both rides together.
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Reviewed by Guest on February 2, 2010
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Creator: Todd Brandenburg
motorcycle_year: 2010
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: Rode from West to East after leaving Gardner, Mt. Awesome ride to say the least, from the valleys of Yellowstone to the heights of Beartooth Pass and downward to Red Lodge. Incredible quality to the road.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 29, 2009
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Creator: Steve Proctor
motorcycle_year: 1983
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 212 from Red Lodge to Cooke City was awesome. My daughter and I rode it as part of a 4500 mile trip in the summer '09. The climb is endless and the views are intense. We saw marmots near the summit and were riding between snow fields in July. DRESS WARMLY!! The summit can be very cold. Crossing into WY. there are grizzly alerts which add to the excitement. We did see a few motorhomes but they were't a big issue. A little construction in July but understandable with the conditions this route sees. I knew we were in for a great ride and was not disappointed.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 15, 2009
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Creator: Allan Ganzer
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: Rode this route from Cody to Red Lodge first week June/09 on our way home to Canada and believe it to be outstanding and a must ride. Enjoy.
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Reviewed by Guest on August 27, 2008
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Creator: Ron/Keiko
motorcycle_year: 2005
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We took the ride East – West in early August and dropped over to Cody. Coming out of Red Lodge was not real exciting, but once we got into the mountains some really world class views. Hwy 296 back over to Cody was another worthwhile motorcycle ride.
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