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Planning our summer tour - Glacier NP to SLC...(7 posts)

Planning our summer tour - Glacier NP to SLC...BowWow
Nov 21, 2003 7:14 AM
Staying primarily on Highway 89 through Great Falls, down to Yellowstone, Jackson, Bear Lake, Logan, SLC. We're travelling as light as possible, and planning on 130 (+/-) miles a day - making it into Salt Lake in seven or eight days.

Has anyone done this trip, or any part of it on a bike? Any suggestions? How was the trip? Any real highlights? Good places to camp? Must-see/must-do things?

I did the Yellowstone to Jackson section by car this past summer - quite a bit of climbing, especially out of Yellowstone, but once into the Tetons absolutely spectacular scenery!

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

Never done, but it should be awesome...take pics....[nmbent_spoke
Nov 21, 2003 8:07 AM
Never done, but it should be awesome...take pics....[nmBowWow
Nov 21, 2003 8:29 AM
Oh, yeah! Part of the plan is to get a very nice digital camera for the trip - any suggestions (lusting after the Canon Rebel Digital SLR!)? Also, one of the guys is planning on bringing his ibook and uploading to the net on a daily basis... for a 7-8 day ride I think this may be a bit much, but we're also in training for a cross-Canada trip in '06, which we plan to chronicle on a daily basis...

Yup, tons of photos, with views, bikes, and people, and a detailed account of the road.
re: Planning our summer tour - Glacier NP to SLC...Doc Hollywood
Nov 21, 2003 8:51 AM
There is a bike club that puts on a Logan, UT to Jackson, WY road race each year. Do a search on the web to find info.

Contact them about roads. (I think they use US 89).

Lived in SLC, been to Jellystone lots o'times and GNP. Do yourself a favor, spend at LEAST 2 days in GNP and YNP. Makesure you to the Going-to-the Sun road in GNP and The Large Loop in YNP.

Plenty of places to camp in GNP and YNP.

Canon G3, Canon S400, or Nikon Coolpix 4300 for digi camera.

Thanks for the advice!BowWow
Nov 21, 2003 11:13 AM
I live 30 minutes by car from the east end of Going to the Sun Road - we try to do it 4-5 times a year. It is absolutely spectacular! I think we'll be short on time to do the entire Yellowstone loop, so I just arbitrarily chose the west side of the loop. Is it better to do the east side? Or maybe east/west over the connecting road in the center (so we can see Old Faithful..)?

Really looking forward to this trip!

re: Planning our summer tour - Glacier NP to SLC...ukiahb
Nov 21, 2003 11:42 AM
I rode from Missoula, MT up into Alberta one summer and it rained nearly every just in case I'd advise bringing the best rain gear available...but I was just unlucky, picked the wrong year for that tour. There was a lot of climbing of course, but the grades were not too bad even on a loaded touring bike, standard touring bike gearing worked fine.
Sounds like's some advice:Brooks
Nov 25, 2003 11:53 AM
I have ridden part of that route from the south up through Yellowstone and on to Billings then headed east and have driven 89 from SLC to the east side of Glacier. The Montana part is not too bad, rollers, low traffic, as I recall. There is a lot of climbing up to and past the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone and throughout the park not matter what direction you go. I like the west side of the park from Norris up the Firehole river, Old Faithful, the continental divide (3 times) and out towards Jackson. Be careful of all the RVs and other traffic. Watch for bison on the road. From Jackson down the Snake River canyon can be tough due to the road construction. The Logan-Jackson (LOTOJA) race Doc Hollywood referred to has been routed out of the canyon to Swan Valley the past two years. Also, for going further south, Doc is incorrect on the use of 89. Staying on 89 will give you two big climbs, one at the end of Star Valley (Salt Creek pass) into the Montpelier/Bear Lake area and the other up to the top of Logan Canyon. From Logan continuing on 89 puts you over Sardine Canyon, not too bad a climb, and into the front of the Wasatch mountains. LOTOJA (in reverse) goes up Star Valley and turns near Afton to climb Tin Cup pass which is fairly easy although longish. A lot less crowded in the summer than 89. Road goes to Soda Springs then towards Preston (in Idaho) with a number of rollers near Treasureton and the Bear River.

Biggest thing is narrow roads and lots of summer travelers. Be careful and have fun!