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Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by 00Buck, Jul 8, 2015.

  1. 00Buck

    00Buck dirt rules

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    Greetings from coastal BC, Vancouver Island! Where it is hot, dry and smoky with forest fires raging province wide..

    Two of us are planning a road trip loop of your beautiful states this July for about 14 days. We are riding an R12GS and DL650 with sport touring tires and are targeting paved scenic and twisty river roads for this trip.

    Our general route will be through Washington on Hwy 20 and 2. Idaho including Old River Road along the Coeur d'Alene River through Pritchard, and Montana for Beartooth Pass. We plan to avoid interstates and high tourist traffic areas (Yellowstone) if possible.

    From there we'll loop through Colorado and Utah. We have been to Moab Utah a few times on smaller dualsports but look forward to riding the red rock canyons and parks this time.

    Thanks for any route tips and if you ever get to Vancouver Island, BC, look us up. :thumb
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  2. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf High functioning sociopath

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    In Colorado look at Hwy 550 between Montrose and Durango. Gateway Canyon (can't remember the highway number )

    Gunnison to Lake City to Pagosa Springs

    Peak to peak hwy

    And probably 200 others I am forgetting off the top of my head.

    Be easier to say what your after. Sweeping views, rivers, canyons, wildlife? What is your eating and housing situation? Camping or hotels? What civilization if any do you desire? Like ghost towns and ruins?
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  3. MountainsandRivers

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    ^^^this. 550 is great, but can be crowded and slow. 141, the road through Gateway, is beautiful and uncrowded, if you are the type to twist the throttle. Definitely stop at some of view points for the Dolores River and the Hanging Flume.
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  4. FatChance

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    Twisty paved? I don't have a map in front of me and in no particular order: 128 from Moab northeast to Cisco. Also 92 from Hotchkiss, Colorado down to Blue Mesa Reservoir. Wind River Canyon South of Thermopolis, Wyoming. The South Fork of the Clark's Fork through Paradise, Montana. Along the Shoshone from the east Yellowstone entrance to Cody, Wyoming. Bear Tooth Pass and Going to the Sun Highway in Montana. West from Stanley, Idaho on the Ponderosa Highway down the Payette River. Even I-70 through Glenwood Canyon...
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  5. mdlb

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    In Colorado I would say 550, 141, and 92 as have already been mentioned. I would also consider 149 from Gunnison to South Fork, 133 from Carbondale to Hotchkiss, and 82 from Leadville to Aspen. All great passes with great views.
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    + 1
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  7. hughesatron

    hughesatron Been here awhile

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    hwy 7 from lyons to peak-to-peak.
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  8. Blakebird

    Blakebird flattening the curve

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    ...and with Beartooth in the mix, from Red Lodge take 78 thru Absarokee to Columbus.
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  9. -E-

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    CA 236 through Big Basin Redwoods state park.
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  10. blues bob

    blues bob Been here awhile

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    MT evans an hour west of Denver- over 14,000ft. Independence Pass rt82, into Aspen from rt24. and rt149 west and south of Gunnison to South Fork. Way tooooo much fun.
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  11. doc_ricketts

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    It will be almost as hot around Moab as on Vancouver Island.
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  12. 00Buck

    00Buck dirt rules

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    Appreciate the tips! That's all we are looking for, scenic winding backroad pavement that you might take for granted living there, but for us it will be fantastic. We have 10 to 14 days depending on business demands at home. Leaving Friday, July 10 and will motel on this trip. The goal is to get away, put on some quality miles, not quantity. I'll highlight the roads you recommend on our maps and stitch them together into a route. Please keep the suggestions coming.
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    Road Trip!!
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    One of my favorites! The other in that area would be Chief Joseph Highway. Beartooth is certainly twisty, but the road conditions and traffic load have kept me from really enjoying it the handful of times I've been up there. Same with Trail Ridge Rd.

    Snowy Range Rd from Centennial over the top.
    From Encampment to Baggs.
    A host of others of course...
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  15. Blakebird

    Blakebird flattening the curve

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    Independence Pass is 12,095'


    :nod

    I've never done Beartooth either way without Chief Joseph.
    Beartooth is always under some sort of road improvement construction, never been over without having a few minutes wait.

    My first time over Beartooth was in August '09, and there was a driving storm...sideways sleet and white-out conditions.
    A white knuckle 8mph ride over the top and down the back side with NO signs of what was coming from the bottom.
    All the other times it's been sunny and beautiful
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  16. MakersTeleMark

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    For Colorado, if you put together a loose route, I can definitely put the twisty tweak on it.
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  17. big_sur

    big_sur Way faster than you

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  18. MakersTeleMark

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  19. SubMann

    SubMann Vancouver Island, fun fun

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    Saddled up and rolling tomorrow. Thanks for the help!
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  20. S-TrackJunkie

    S-TrackJunkie Knee Down!

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    One I enjoy is HWY 114 from east of Gunny to Saguache!
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