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Old 09-01-2019, 09:13 AM   #1
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Beartooth Highway, Montana

Has anyone here on the forum towed their trailer (any kind) over the Beartooth Highway between Yellowstone and Red Lodge ????

I'm adventurous and not easily intimidated and wondering just what to expect. I've driven the other road 296 to Cody a few times and that's no problem at all. Not so sure about the Beartooth though and would appreciate any help here.

Thanx all. See ya'll down the road sometime

PS: my trailer is a 30' Classic towed by a F-350 diesel with new brakes
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Old 09-01-2019, 09:46 AM   #2
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Rode over it on a Goldwing. Saw lots of people in all kinds of vehicles. Speeds are low, grades are steep with lots of hairpin turns. I’d do it with your setup, just make sure your engine brake is in good working order. Relax and have fun.
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Old 09-01-2019, 10:17 AM   #3
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Did it many times on a motorcycle.
Charles Kuralt said it was the most beautiful road in America. I disagree; but it's in the top 5.
The road is very good! two lane all the way.
There are some tight switchbacks, but none I remember couldn't be done slowly. No tunnels or low overheads.
I highly recommend staying in Red Lodge, Mt. Great laid back town.
I camped at a place on the east side of town that had a large barn I recall. KOA?
Now, be aware that weather changes dramatically between Red Lodge and the pass. It was 80 in Red Lodge, and sleeting on the pass with 30 mph wind.
After you cross the pass, you descend into Cooke City, small, cute.
But there's nowhere to go other than into Yellowstone.

Also memorable is the Chief Joseph scenic highway.

Be aware there are no shortcuts to go around the pass.

Here's my advice. Spend a few days in Red Lodge. Unhook, and do the pass with just the TV. Then decide.
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Old 09-01-2019, 06:39 PM   #4
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We have done the Chief Joseph Hwy. several times with our Airstream. Clearly an easy ride with / without a trailer. I expect that the Beartooth is a bit more of a challenge. Looking towards next summer when we'll be out that way again, probably.
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Old 09-01-2019, 07:39 PM   #5
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Beartooh is doable. suggested 40' length limit. Saw motor homes and trailers going over. But...I would not do it with the trailer because...There are sections that are fairly narrow and there are no shoulders at all in sections. Just a 8" build of pavement to the rocky ditch. And the snow plow poles... right on the edge and sometimes leaning in. I had to change lanes to miss one with the truck. And the guard rails seem flush with the white line on the outer edge. I know I could pull it, but I would worry about making a error and getting some damage. And about what "the other guy" may be doing. I would be in their lane with either the truck or trailer part of the time. The Bear Tooth is narrower and not as good a road as the Chief Joseph. We camped at Perrys in Red Lodge and drove the Beartooth into Cooke City for lunch and then down the Lamar Valley. Did it 4 times. Spectacular drive.
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Folks tow it. We don't. It's too much fun to drive solo or ride (brother's deal). Why waste a great road towing. Well, unless you want to tow it. It really is a drive to get around, so a straight shot does look logical with respect to effective route selection.

Second the stop at Red Lodge. The KOA is nothing special, but a good location to spend the night. There is a propane seller to the West of town a ways. Nice lady. Ask at your CG office for directions.

Some of the nicest views on the drive are on the Yellowstone side of the pass.

Add to your must do list. Pat
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Did it with our 20' and ML500. Beautiful.
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Very doable. Only problem we had was the shale which comes off the mountain on the way up from Red Lodge; my truck caught a sharp piece and we had a flat! Was a little sporty pulling off to one of the turnouts to change a tire, but we did it. Rewards as stated are the beautiful Lamar Valley. We were pulling a 2004 Safari 25' behind our F-150.
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Perry's campground at Red Lodge has some nice W&E sites down along Rock Creek. And some awful crowded pull throughs with sewer up along the road. Well kept place.
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We did Beartooth out of Yellowstone with an 18 ft Mallard trailer many years ago. Would not do it with our current 31 ft. Probably doable, but too nervewracking!

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