Chief Joseph Scenic Highway-Bighorn Mountains + ADD NEW ROUTE
2 in Wyoming Wyoming200 Miles
on August 1, 2000
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route is tucked up in the extreme north west corner of
Wyoming just east of Yellowstone National Park. You'll
have to find the roads I describe below to understand
how to find this route since there is no town per say
at the starting point. An online
interactive map to Clark Wyoming (closest town to
this route) is available through MapQuest and will help
you locate the starting point (or general vicinity) of
this motorcycle road. Look for the star in the middle
of the map.
the South and East. Off of I-90, just north of Sheridan,
WY, you'll find the towns of Ranchester and Dayton (west
of I-90). Take state route 14 west through Ranchester
and Dayton. About 24 miles past Dayton you will want to
spilt off of route 14 and take alternate 14 (AKA
14A) and here is where they wild stuff starts. Continue
on Alt 14 to/through Lovell and Powell ... it will be
a great ride heading up, loaded with switchbacks and hairpin
curves for 50 miles then you'll finally descend down the
western side and across the valley to Cody . From here
go north of Cody on state route 120 about 20 miles till
you hit the Chief J highway, or Mt 296 and head West.
This is another great stretch of switchbacks, hairpin
curves and fantastic mountain views. You will end up a
few hours later at the junction of MT 212, the Beartooth
Highway and where this route stops. If you want more just
head northeast and on into Montana! You'll be very happy
you checked this route out!!!
This is a great full day ride when combined with the Beartooth Highway. Good Lodging in Red Lodge and Sheridan. Expect the best ride of your life because you can travel 3 totally different extreme mountain routes in one day! Lots of info on the web if you search! This page describes two routes that cover some of the same roads. For a description of each individual route, see the "Directions" section below. Everything you expect in a mountain run! Some of the world's best motorcycle roads can be found in this Northwest corner of Wyoming. The routes drive through unbeatable scenery near the immense Yellowstone National Park. Photo contributed by visitor in Oct 09: "Nice switchbacks and great views, a ride you must take!"
Endless switch-backs Vertical ascents to 10'000 feet plus. Good pavement. Very little traffic. No track is better than this to play on! No heading up the pass beside the river on this one! You go straight up the side on switchbacks!
Photo contributed by visitor in Jan 10: "Looking back to the south from atop the Beartooth Highway, on the way to Red Lodge, MT."
Lots of pullouts on these roads. However, there is only one lodge half way over the Bighorns. Nothing on the Chief J so don't plan on catching a place to stay the night until you finish the route and head into Red Lodge (Montana) or if you head back to Sheridan (Wyoming).
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