Billings Montana to Big Pryor Mountain

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by Nightstalker, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Did a ride from Billings, MT to Big Pryor Mountain in Custer National Forest. There's miles of jeep trails in the valley and on the mountain. I took the scenic route out of Billings down to Edgar which was fantasic! Some of the trails on Big Pryor are pretty tough, so make sure that you're wearing knobbies. I didn't make it all the way to the top. I got stuck in a mosquito breeding mud hole and had to hike off the mountain and get the rancher to pull me out with his jeep. I marked off some dead ends and the mud bog that took me out.

    Terry

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  2. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Here's the whole route.

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  3. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Billings to Edgar loop.

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  4. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Close up of Big Pryor Mountain area.

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  5. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Ride profile. Tops out about 7650 feet.

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  6. dandxrman

    dandxrman Stop! Hold the Phone

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    I had been wondering about this area. Thanks for posting this. Is there a related ride report in existence?

    later

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  7. Nightstalker

    Nightstalker YO BUDDYPAL!

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    Oh, why yes, there is!!

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=229590

    I think that Montana starts on about page 7.

    tz

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  8. backroadrider

    backroadrider n00b

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    I'm new to this posting thing but I'd have to agree there are many great forest service roads up in this area. I've enjoyed exploring around this area using the gps to find many of the ice caves riddling the area.
    Its a great ride to continue on past big pryor mountain to east pryor mountain and then on down to lovell, wy..
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  9. dkazriel

    dkazriel n00b

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    I live in Laurel and have never ridden those back roads, now I'm going to have to go check them out!
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  10. CHIEFMANYWRENCHES

    CHIEFMANYWRENCHES Adventurer

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    The Pryor mountains are on my list to explore as well. Cheers!
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  11. NorthernTraveler

    NorthernTraveler Long time Adventurer

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    I was over some of the Pryors in September when I was doing some scouting on my Northern Route.
    Went to the Big Ice Cave and to Dry Head Vista on the NE corner of East Pryor.... kinda annoying that they took the parking area out of the overlook and you now have to hike about 1/4 mile to get to the view.

    When I was out there the Crow's had closed the county/BIA road on the north side of Big Pryor as a protest, have they opened it up again?
    Because of the closure I made a reroute along the powerline there... at the recommendation of the locals in Bridger.
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  12. dmpeach

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    Last summer we tried to get in through the north. Sage Creek road I believe it was. We might have taken a wrong turn somewhere, but the road ended at a locked gate. It was our first time trying to go the Pryors and we were not successful. I had the other roads in marked, but we (mostly the kids) had enough for that day. I'll have to try again this spring.
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