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Old 08-08-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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Anyone driven this route from Bozeman to Jackson, WY

We are thinking of going:

90 west
287 south at Three Forks, MT
87 south past Henry's Lake
20 south to Ashton, ID
33 south to Driggs, ID
22 west through Targhee pass

We want to minimize our pass driving so we can just cruise along.

Anyone done this route? Any big passes other than 22? Pretty good route to drive in the AS?
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Old 08-08-2014, 10:55 AM   #2
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The route you have chosen does not fit your criteria of minimizing pass driving and "just cruse along". 22 from Victor ID to Jackson is a very very twisty and steep pass road alone. The other roads in that area of Idaho are somewhat narrow and country two lane ones.

For minimum stress, although I dislike interstates, go west to I 15, then south to Idaho falls, then east on 26 to Alpine, then back north to Jackson.

The route you list is pretty but not low stress. My opinion only of course.
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Old 08-09-2014, 08:15 AM   #3
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The route you have chosen does not fit your criteria of minimizing pass driving and "just cruse along". 22 from Victor ID to Jackson is a very very twisty and steep pass road alone. The other roads in that area of Idaho are somewhat narrow and country two lane ones.

For minimum stress, although I dislike interstates, go west to I 15, then south to Idaho falls, then east on 26 to Alpine, then back north to Jackson.

The route you list is pretty but not low stress. My opinion only of course.
Thanks, Idroba. We are camping on 22 nearer to Victor and our ultimate destination will be that campsite. I will check out the route you suggest but will probably stay on a route that takes me by Driggs and Victor, besides 22 is the rest of the route not have many passes?
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Old 08-10-2014, 06:52 PM   #4
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Anyone driven this route from Bozeman to Jackson,WY

I think you're fine. Two lane roads, yes, but in Montana long and straight stretches with a 70 mile speed limit (not suggesting you go that fast; trying to give you an idea of the highway). A grade just north of Ennis and that's a fly-fishing mecca but easy up and down. We've towed ours to Yellowstone that way many times. Buy gas there - it's expensive closer to Yellowstone. The cutoff to Henrys lake is well marked - you may wish to drive a few miles out of your way toward West Yell to the visitor center at Quake Lake - where the 1959 landslide and earthquake happened. Henry's Lake is beautiful. The route to Driggs has a couple of rises but you'll see beautiful country as you go through the potato fields. Driggs is another popular spot and you'll see the backside of the Teets on your way in. Yes, Teton Pass is a pass - but you'll be fine. After all, didn't you come out here to see the country???

Ad: you can go on 191 from BZN past Big Sky and then turn west to your route (by Hebgen and Quake lakes) as well It follows the river and twisty and slower, but an alternative as well. And. On your original route, gas at Ennis is maybe same or only couple pennies different from Three Forks, but in West Yell it's probably 25 cents a gallon diff. Enjoy God's country!

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I think you're fine. Two lane roads, yes, but in Montana long and straight stretches with a 70 mile speed limit (not suggesting you go that fast; trying to give you an idea of the highway). A grade just north of Ennis and that's a fly-fishing mecca but easy up and down. We've towed ours to Yellowstone that way many times. Buy gas there - it's expensive closer to Yellowstone. The cutoff to Henrys lake is well marked - you may wish to drive a few miles out of your way toward West Yell to the visitor center at Quake Lake - where the 1959 landslide and earthquake happened. Henry's Lake is beautiful. The route to Driggs has a couple of rises but you'll see beautiful country as you go through the potato fields. Driggs is another popular spot and you'll see the backside of the Teets on your way in. Yes, Teton Pass is a pass - but you'll be fine. After all, didn't you come out here to see the country???

Ad: you can go on 191 from BZN past Big Sky and then turn west to your route (by Hebgen and Quake lakes) as well It follows the river and twisty and slower, but an alternative as well. And. On your original route, gas at Ennis is maybe same or only couple pennies different from Three Forks, but in West Yell it's probably 25 cents a gallon diff. Enjoy God's country!

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I was just on 22 with my 16' two weeks ago. There is significant construction from just south of Island Park down the hill to Ashton, Idaho. The entire road is torn up for reconstruction and delays can be long. You might want to consider a detour from Island Park on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, highway 47. It has a few more twists and turns, but is not as busy and there is a beautiful stop at Mesa Falls. It is all downhill, and you can connect to Highway 32 in Ashton to Driggs.

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The route you have chosen does not fit your criteria of minimizing pass driving and "just cruse along". 22 from Victor ID to Jackson is a very very twisty and steep pass road alone. The other roads in that area of Idaho are somewhat narrow and country two lane ones.

For minimum stress, although I dislike interstates, go west to I 15, then south to Idaho falls, then east on 26 to Alpine, then back north to Jackson.

The route you list is pretty but not low stress. My opinion only of course.
YMMV, but I agree with idroba
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I was just on 22 with my 16' two weeks ago. There is significant construction from just south of Island Park down the hill to Ashton, Idaho. The entire road is torn up for reconstruction and delays can be long. You might want to consider a detour from Island Park on the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway, highway 47. It has a few more twists and turns, but is not as busy and there is a beautiful stop at Mesa Falls. It is all downhill, and you can connect to Highway 32 in Ashton to Driggs.

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I drove on #22 last weekend north of Ashton--what Stan says is true. Very narrow lanes with severe drop-offs each direction.
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Lived and worked in the Henry's Lake-Island Park, Idaho area for 7 years. If you want a neat side trip, at Ashton go into the SW edge of Yellowstone Park at the Bechler Ranger Station. There is a camp ground there. Best fishing with hardly any people since very few know about that part of the Park. You have a nice route and it's not that bad. When it is pretty, pull over and smell the flowers.
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Lived and worked in the Henry's Lake-Island Park, Idaho area for 7 years. If you want a neat side trip, at Ashton go into the SW edge of Yellowstone Park at the Bechler Ranger Station. There is a camp ground there. Best fishing with hardly any people since very few know about that part of the Park. You have a nice route and it's not that bad. When it is pretty, pull over and smell the flowers.
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