The Beartooth Highway

20120604-060536.jpgHeralded as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, the Beartooth Highway, a National Scenic Byways All-American Road, features breathtaking views of the Absaroka and Beartooth Mountains, and open high alpine plateaus dotted with countless glacial lakes, forested valleys, waterfalls and wildlife.

It is one of the highest and most rugged areas in the lower 48 states, with 20 peaks reaching over 12,000 feet in elevation. In the surrounding mountains, glaciers are found on the north flank of nearly every mountain peak over 11,500 feet high. The Road itself is the highest elevation highway in Wyoming (10,947 feet) and Montana (10,350 feet), and is the highest elevation highway in the Northern Rockies.

Lincoln drove us up there today, where we were most pleased that the road was just opened two days ago. The last time i was visiting here, we tried to get through, but the road was gated near the top after the website indicated it was open. This time, we had unlimited views.

I had been here before on my motorcycle on a trip with Pat Hurley and Steve Horton, but there are some advantages to being in a car, like being able to look around while someone else is driving. The exposure on some of the switchbacks is astounding and breathtaking
Here are some shots taken along the route:

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About tjamrog

I'm sixty-seven and live in the Maine woods. I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2007, the Pacific Crest Trail in 2010, Vermont's Long Trail in 2011, and the Continental Divide Trail in 2013 . I am outdoors every day. I offer guided backpacking trips and classes in Maine, through "Uncle Tom's Guided Adventures".
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