Hi to All!
In a couple weeks I'll be hauling my TT through the Big Horns, out of Ranchester and spend a couple days there. Then I plan to drive north and go westbound through Beartooth Pass on my way to Yellowstone. The DW is starting to freak out because someone told her it was "too scary."
In 1989, with 3 kids and a pregnant DW, we had a barf-o-rama in our van going west on the south side of Glacier NP. So, she thinks it will be just like that.
I know somebody on the forum has been over Beartooth Pass. Can you share any of your experiences regarding your passage?
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This is a website for it. We drove it in our toad back in 2007. It was a beautiful drive - I do have a bit of a problem with heights and it was not too awfully scary in the car but I would never want to try some of the switchbacks, climbs and descents in our motorhome. I think being in a bigger and or longer rig would detract my enjoyment of the drive. It was much easier to pull over and enjoy the scenery being in the car.
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Only problem I had was I got stuck behind behind an old guy doing about 15 MPH. This was too slow for the engine to do much braking, so the front brakes did start smoking at one point (but never felt any fade). Since it was a '94, it had rear drum brakes which did not help.
I would not hesitate to do it again, even with a much heavier trailer behind my current rig.
Just please be considerate, and if you are holding up traffic, pull over when you get a chance. There are not safe places to pass if pullouts are not used.
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I pulled a pop-up trailer up Beartooth in 1992. Bought it new, pulled it with a Mercury station wagon (family truckster type). Dealer said, "Brakes, you don't need no stinking brakes!". Going up scared the daylights out of me as I don't like heights and to see those other vehicles so far above me they looked like ants just wasn't my cup of tea. Going down the other side into the park was interesting as well without any trailer brakes. I have no plans to go back, plenty of other things to see. JMHO.
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without saying whether you should or shouldn't....
at one point on the road, you can look up and see where an avalanche took out three chunks of road, one on top of the other.
of course, it's fixed now, but it gives you an idea of what part of the climb is like.
it's truly a beautiful drive.
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we drove the Beartooth from Red Lodge to Yellowstone back in 2007. It's nowhere near as thrilling (or scary) as driving the Going to the Sun road in Glacier. IMO, route 14 over the Bighorns between Ranchester and Greybull has a higher scary factor than the Beartooth.
Some pictures of the Red lodge side of the Beartooth.
I would not even consider towing a trailer over Beartooth Pass. It's an unnecessary risk, to your engine, transmission, brakes, and possibly life. There is no reason you have to do it---so don't. There are alternate routes.
Aside from the safety issue, it will NOT be a pleasant experience, which is the whole point. Pick another route, park the trailer, and do the Beartooth pass in a way that will be fun and enjoyable.
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