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Old 04-01-2016, 04:25 PM   #11
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Never drove anything larger than a PU truck and a popup on Beartooth, but it was tight in some of the turns on the Beartooth.

Going west on Hwy 412 (Beartooth Hwy) out of Red Lodge MT you hit the switchbacks, narrow in some places, that have a pretty good grade; not sure what it actually is; maybe 6?

After the switchbacks it is an easy drive to Cooke City and into Yellowstone.

As for the east entrance, that is no problem. I have seen large motorhomes pulling good size vehicles, seen very long three axle fifth wheels, etc. This is the easiest of the two routes in or out of Yellowstone. But nowhere as nice as the Beartooth.
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Thanks...I was worried about RT14 to the east entrance...good to hear that is OK. Took a look at the route on Beartooth and it looks like someone was having fun designing that one...
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Old 04-01-2016, 04:43 PM   #13
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From your route you look pretty good except for the road going over Teton Pass on hiway 33 from Victor to Jackson. That is a steep 6% going up and down. Also hiway 26 Moran to Dubois has some grades. Once past Dubois you got it made.


If it were me I would go from West Yellowstone through YNP and out south to the Jackson area.
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Get mountain directory west . from amazon.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:17 PM   #15
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Camaraderie....Beartooth is steep and long coming SW from Red Lodge. The road collapsed down the mountain a few years ago so the reconstructed grade and pavement will be fairly new. It snowed up there in mid August and we followed the plow down into YNP. The descent into YSP is more gradual. It was part of the big burn area. A very pretty way in from the north is on US 89 thru Gardiner. Nice scenery. Check park road info for construction areas. Stay on your local time zone and you will have that big RV out ahead of the crowds. Otherwise, very difficult.
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:31 PM   #16
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Thanks...I was worried about RT14 to the east entrance...good to hear that is OK. Took a look at the route on Beartooth and it looks like someone was having fun designing that one...
An old Forest service video on the building of the Beartooth. Quite a feat...

https://youtu.be/78HnNT689ac
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Old 04-01-2016, 05:32 PM   #17
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Here is a good reference app or hardback copy. Read the story about how this was developed. Some say it's too high priced but I like it as do some others. Just an option for you.. Mountain Directory for Truckers, RV, and Motorhome Drivers
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Can't thank everyone enough for their input on my route. I know the picture/image was small but that was the about the largest I was allowed to upload (had to keep downsizing it... ).

Here is the "text" version of the route - Coming out of Billings on I-90 west to Bozeman. Then heading south on US191 to the west entrance of YNP (Grizzly Park...). Will head south on US20 down to Jackson, then up US191 to Colter Bay in GTNP. From there, we will head southeast on US26 to Shoshoni (and over to SD...).

I plan on redoing the brakes before the trip. I always use the "tow/haul" mode but will make sure I down shift on the steeper grades (up & down...). We will have the trailer parked for 5 days at YNG and 3 days at GTNP. All day trips will just be with the truck.

Once again, I appreciate all the wonderful suggestions. Have a great day...
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I'll ditto Steve's remarks...thanks to all. Based on the input...I think we're gonna go out via I80...and end up in Cody where we'll go in on RT14 to YNP...where we have reservations then down 191 to Colter Bay for a few day in GTNP...then out the back door on 26... to eventually take us up to I90 where we can see some of SD on the way home.
We're gonna do this after Goshen so this will be in late August or early Sept. ...Thanks again!
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Like dalford, I carry the Mountain Directory books (East and West). They are now available in soft cover and quite reasonable.
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