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Old 03-11-2015, 12:14 AM   #21
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Crater Lake National Park in Oregon is a must see!
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Old 03-11-2015, 09:41 AM   #22
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I would like to remind folks heading out west to remember about altitude sickness, it can hit u like a ton of bricks, and the only cure is getting below about 5000 feet above sea level... don't ask me how I know!!!!!
What is the percentage of people who experience altitude sickness?

Not to sound like a saddest, but it is kind of funny to watch people at the top of Pike's Peak in the parking lot who jump out of their vehicles and "attempt" to walk fast to the little store....they get about twenty feet then stop.
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Red Lodge Mt ,50 miles south of Billings on hwy 212 , at the base of Beartooth Mtn. Old mining town , 60 miles from Yellostone NE entrance via Beartooth Mtn pass (small campers only) max length is 40 ft , but not recommended , 60 miles north of Cody Wy .Buffalo Bill museum and much more. and the east entrance to Yellowstone
Just asking, are there signs limiting the size of vehicles on the beartooth? I can't remember ever seeing any the numerous times I have driven the road. I know some people who have pulled it with 30 foot trailers and one year, I was behind a very large fifth wheel going up the switchbacks out of Red Lodge and they made it with no problems around the switches, but he was taking it slow.

The Old Smith Mine, just outside of Red Lodge...


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Old 03-11-2015, 05:42 PM   #24
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I agree with Wendy about Crater Lake. Just be aware that the park itself doesn't have any camping facilities. A commercial photographer friend did a photo-essay book on the Park and got special permission to stay there in his MH for a few days to get the photos.
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Relative to altitude sickness - haven't seen much other than virtually everyone sucking for more air when you get above 9000 ft above sea level.
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Just asking, are there signs limiting the size of vehicles on the beartooth? I can't remember ever seeing any the numerous times I have driven the road. I know some people who have pulled it with 30 foot trailers and one year, I was behind a very large fifth wheel going up the switchbacks out of Red Lodge and they made it with no problems around the switches, but he was taking it slow.

The Old Smith Mine, just outside of Red Lodge...
The Wife and I have ridden around Montana and to Red Lodge on a few occasions. I'm a junkie for anything old mine related, and it's well worth the time to stop and poke around the old Smith mine site. I've only ever ridden the Beartooth Pass, but I'd suggest it would easier to not haul a trailer or rv up the pass. Maybe a daily rental car would suffice, as it is a great (but very twisty) road to drive up.

We live in BC, arguably among the most beautiful places on earth, and we still (almost every year) go camping on the Oregon coast. Want to know what it's like to drive alongside the edge of the world? The Oregon coast will gladly let you experience it. Miles upon miles of the best, cleanest, and least populated beaches anywhere to be seen. Friendly people of all stripes seem to populate the area, with a real live and let live attitude.
We will be back on the Oregon coast this summer, 2 weeks at South Beach State Park just south of Newport.

I'd also recommend Going To The Sun Road in Glacier. We've ridden there a couple times and it's also fantastic.
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Going to the Sun

Agree this is a beautiful piece of nature. When we made the trip through there, I thought I remembered signs that indicated a problem with over length vehicles due to the sever switch backs?

We are heading there again this summer but with our motorhome.

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As far as a sign about the length on Beartooth , there is not one on the Red Lodge side , it got knocked over by a snow plow a couple of years ago and never replaced ! LOL
supposed to do it this spring.........But there is one on the Cook City side of the Beartooth. As far as being able to make , quite possible that you can , but what happens when you meet someone coming from the other direction.........Something/someone hast to give/backup !
Anyone traveling in the area this season , stop in at the KOA In Red Lodge at least to say HELLO ! Will be there the 1st of May
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That explains it. I have only come through from Cooke City once. All the other times I have done the beartooth to or from Chief Joseph and out or in via 308.
Never knew there was a KOA there either.

I usually camp at Greenough Lake, or down west of Cody at Wapiti. Although my first year on the Beartooth, I spent a few days at the cabins at Perry's.
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KOA is just 4 miles north of Red Lodge on Hwy 212 , Main St, on the right (east) side of the road..........pretty decent little KOA . not just a gravel parking lot.......New owners as of last spring and they are nice people and working hard to improve it and make it better.
This is our 2nd year there as work kampers and totally love the area
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