Request Info for Idaho, Montana, Wyoming!

Discussion in 'Americas' started by AL "FLYING CANUCK", Mar 23, 2013.

  1. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Good day!

    I would like to cross by dirt track from Bighorn Canyon to Red Lodge/Hwy 310 thru/around Big Pryor Mountain in Southern Montana/Northern Wyoming.....on my way to Beartooth Hwy....

    Seems to have lots of tracks around that area....anyone famliar with this sector...trails conditions..and perhaps links for info..??

    Thanks!
    #21
  2. davek181

    davek181 Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2007
    Oddometer:
    1,180
    Location:
    Idaho
    Looks to me like you would have to turn off 310 at Frannie to get to Belfry, then 308 through Bearcreek to get to Red Lodge. I have driven those roads in a car, but not for years. They were in good repair then.
    #22
  3. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Thanks, I will try the back dirt roads as follow to make it from the Canyon to the hwy 310......another aventure......

    [​IMG]

    Cheers
    #23
  4. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Good day

    I am also looking for some possible adventure type back roads in the North-Western part of Yellowstone Park ... possibly via Hebgen Lake area, Black Butte mountain, Monument Ridge (roads 237, 290, NF 900....)....to reach the town of Dillon, MT before make my way to Hamilton in Idaho....

    Thanks again for any feedbacks!!! Much Appreciated!

    Cheers
    #24
  5. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley

    Try this. Need a route through the Magruder to Elk City too?
    Ron
    #25
  6. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA

    Thanks much, this is what I was looking for!!!

    I had almost the same route drafted but I like the road that you are proposing thru the Breaverhead-Dearlodge National Forest!!!

    My next plan was to ride the Lolo Trail if open around the 21 June (if the wheather allows.....) and ride towards Kalispell possibly via the N Fork Clearwater Rd......

    No plans right now for Elk City due to time but could be a backup option if possible.

    Any roads that you can propose are more than welcome.....

    I will probably get my rear tire replaced and oil changed at Al's Cycle in Hamilton....

    Cheers
    #26
  7. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley

    Been on the Lolo several times. My back door. Live just north of Hamilton. In fact may be in that general area on bikes the week you go thru (June 21). The Google route I linked is somewhat based on our Best of Montana 1000 last year. We are going back again this year (August). May be nip&tuck on the Lolo Motorway being open by June 21. I can link a route from Lochsa Lodge on US 12 up through to I90 on the way to Kalispell if you like. Can put you on dirt starting just a few miles out of Lolo.

    What is your gas distance limit? Hebgen through the Gravellies (Black Butte, Monument etc.) is a long haul. Gas is available at Alder north of the Ruby Res. Could put you on more dirt from Dillon to Hamilton, but the route in the link is probably one of the finest back country paved stretches you will ever find. Very little traffic, great mc roads.

    Ron
    #27
  8. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Good stuff in your "Best of Montana 1000"!!!!

    My plan is to ride from Hamilton to Kalispell on the 21 June, and on to Crowsnest Pass in Canada on the 22 June via Glacier Park. I need to be in Calgary to pick up my wife at the airport on the afternoon of the 23 June and we will ride the Canadian Rockies for a couple of weeks...this ph2 of the trip will be also a lot of fun!!

    I really like the idea of you linking/suggesting a route from Hamilton to Kalispell via average dirt/forestry roads including from Hwy 12 to I90...!

    My ST has a safe range of approximately 220-230 miles...

    What you have suggested so far is perfect, a nice combination of scenic paved and dirt roads ... keeping in mind that I will have been on the road for a week from Ottawa with a few thounsand miles under the belt....

    Thanks for your help in making my journey even more interesting !!!!
    #28
  9. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley
    #29
  10. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA

    This sounds good! If possible a 50/50 paved/dirt would be great for this portion!!!!

    Cheers!
    #30
  11. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley

    I think this route 206 miles/ 6-1/2 hrs, will get you to Kalispell in a good day's ride. Towards the end, you could continue on 22 to 93 past Flathead lake for pavement. The bit if dirt from 22 to 2 is not known to me. Haven't been in that back country for 30 years.

    Lumberjack Saloon back up Graves Ck off US12 - good burgers/beer. Also great lunches at Quinn's Hotsprings Resort on 135.

    I do prelim planning on Google Maps then create a GPX in Basecamp. Would you like these 2 routes in GPX or prefer to create your own?

    The first route is 315 miles/12-1/2 hrs, but the first stretch up the Gravellies could bog you down if you like to take in the scenery. You will want to check the local reports on the Gravellies before July 1.

    Ron
    #31
  12. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Thanks much Ron for the routes and other valuable info and advise!

    I will look at these routes in more details the way they are right now and eventually create my own including the possibility of increasing the distance of the latest route! Usually I ride 10-12 hours day with lots of stop for pictures and others...all depends on wheater and conditions obviously! This is an excellent starting point and it is much appreciated!

    I will keep you inform and possibly request more info as I am getting closer from D day!!

    My plan is to take it easy but steady and take time for pictures of your great riding areas!!

    This will be another memorable adventure!!!

    I have attached the link of one of my adventure in Northern Quebec with my former GSA, you may find this interesting ......with some good fishing along the way!!!

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=607324

    Cheers
    #32
  13. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley

    Given the mileage:
    Alternate for route 2 includes Elk Meadow from US 12 to Lolo Pass then some of the Lolo Motorway and long haul north to I90 etc. 330 Miles 11 hrs

    Ron
    #33
  14. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    This is perfect and my prefer option for route 2 depending on the conditions!!! :nod

    I can't wait!!!!!!!!!

    I owe you a cold one:beer!!!

    [​IMG]


    Cheers
    #34
  15. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

    Joined:
    Sep 10, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,241
    Location:
    Bitterroot Valley
    So you want me to mark the waypoints for the 3 bars and 2 microbreweries just in my little town alone of 1,500 people?

    If it works out, but right now my plans put me bike fishing, camping in ID just a bit west of where you will go through. Got at least 4 multi-day ADV rides planned for this summer...so far. I could ride all summer straight not travel 500 miles as the crow flies and still not hit everything I want to see.

    Good riding to ya!:clap
    #35
  16. sorebutt

    sorebutt Long timer

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    Oddometer:
    2,329
    Location:
    Lewiston,ID
    You know how to travel. Most guys have sleeping bags and pads on the back of their motorcycle. You'll find lots of guys offering a bed for the night when you travel like that.
    #36
  17. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    Good idea!!!! We never know!!!

    Seems that you have another great season ahead of you!!

    All the best in your adventures and keep in touch!

    Cheers
    #37
  18. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    However a bit shaky and noisy on the dirt roads......need the cans this time around.......:lol3

    Cheers!!!!
    #38
  19. AL "FLYING CANUCK"

    AL "FLYING CANUCK" Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    LA PECHE, QUEBEC, CANADA
    #39
  20. Freeman42

    Freeman42 Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2012
    Oddometer:
    11
    This is all good to know.
    #40