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post #1 of 15 Old 09-14-2014, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Route advice-Or, Id, Wt, Mt.

I'm in Southern Oregon and planning on a road trip before winter sets in. Thinking about heading up to Montana and seeing the Little Big Horn national monument. Probably catch Yellowstone and maybe Glacier (I've been through Glacier about 10 times over the years so I may skip that one). I'm guessing there are a lot of people at this site that know the best routes (scenic) for motorcycles in the Western States.
I'll plan on 2 weeks or less (retired and not on a schedule though) I'll start in the Medford area and I'm looking for advice on a nice scenic loop?

BTW, Two months ago I did a ride up the Cascades to the Canadian border then cut over to the Olympic peninsula and down HWY 101 for the return, so it would be good to not recover any of that route if possible.

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Starting in Medford, head over toward Grant's Pass, and pick up Hwy 62 and go north, taking the route to the west side of Crater Lake. (I assume you've been there already)

If you stay straight ahead at the junction, 62 will go back to the southeast. Stay ahead on what is now 230, which winds around the north side of Crater Lake park and intersect with U.S. 97.

Go north on 97 to Redmond, then take Hwy 26 to the east. This will take you through Prineville and John Day. Past John Day you will come to Austin Jct. There you should turn off onto Hwy 7, which will take you to Baker City.

From Baker City, pick up 86, which will route you through Richland and Halfway, then into Hell's Canyon. At Hell's Canyon, turn right, riding on the west side of the Snake River, and at Brownlee Dam, you come over onto the Idaho side and Hwy 71 takes you the 30 miles out to Cambridge. It's a beautiful, twisty road, very scenic. At Cambridge, head north on U.S. 95 to New Meadows, where you turn north, still on 95, through Riggins, up Whitebird Grade, and Grangeville.

At Grangeville, pick up Idaho Rt. 13 which is a twisty road that takes you to Kooskia (pronounced Koosky) at the intersection of Hwy 12, billed as one of the best motorcycling roads in America. The ride along the Clearwater River and over Lolo Pass is amazing. At Lolo Pass you continue on, into Montana, where 12 connects to Hwy 93. Going north gets you into Missoula, and from there, I can't advise further, as I'm not that familiar with Montana, however if you continue north on 93, you can pick up 200 that winds back to St. Regis, where you'd have to hit I90, going back into Idaho, through Wallis, Kellog, and eventually Coeur D'Alene.

At CDA, head north to Sandpoint, then west on Hwy 2 to Newport, WA, then across northern Washington out to Hwy 97, where you can turn south and take 97 all the way back down into Oregon and home.

Just a suggestion, but it's a route that is altogether scenic, with interesting roads to ride.

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If you going to be around the Little Big Horn you need to ride Bear tooth and Dead Indian between Red lodge MT. and Casper WY. Unbelievable roads!


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Also 16 between Ten sleep and Buffalo WY and 14 above that are good too!

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Ride south through Idaho on US-95, maybe some interesting detours along the way.

Be ready for snow or any other weather.

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There's already snow on the ground in western Montana - be careful!

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Thanks

Sounds like some great suggestions. Thanks everyone!
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The Beartooth Highway was closed due to ice and snow. It may be open again, or not. Glacier Going to the Sun road did just reopen again as it too was closed because of snow. Watch your weather in the high country, as it seems that winter is coming in a bit early this year in Montana.

Another thought is from Halfway, Oregon is instead of going down to Oxbow and around the Brownlee Dam, is to turn off just past Halfway and head north on a small paved Forest Service road that goes to Joesph and Enterprise, Oregon. Link that north to Asotin, Wa. and Clarkston, Wa. Then catch 12 to Lewiston, Id. and up over Lolo Pass to Missoula, Mt. This ride would take you on the west side of the Hells Canyon, and has a lot less traffic and is a better more "interesting" and challenging road. Only issue is if you are not planning to camp, it is a bit of a distance between Halfway and Joesph with nothing out there.

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If your going to stop at the Big Hole battlefield I would go about 30 miles East towards Dillion and hit the ghost town of Bannack. A couple buddies and I were just through there last week when the cold snap hit and the only time we saw any snow was on the side off the road at Lost Trail Pass and it was very little. We avoided Beartooth and Going to the Sun because of it. Main street Bannack Hotel Meade in Bannack

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The Beartooth Highway was closed due to ice and snow. It may be open again, or not. Glacier Going to the Sun road did just reopen again as it too was closed because of snow. Watch your weather in the high country, as it seems that winter is coming in a bit early this year in Montana.

Another thought is from Halfway, Oregon is instead of going down to Oxbow and around the Brownlee Dam, is to turn off just past Halfway and head north on a small paved Forest Service road that goes to Joesph and Enterprise, Oregon. Link that north to Asotin, Wa. and Clarkston, Wa. Then catch 12 to Lewiston, Id. and up over Lolo Pass to Missoula, Mt. This ride would take you on the west side of the Hells Canyon, and has a lot less traffic and is a better more "interesting" and challenging road. Only issue is if you are not planning to camp, it is a bit of a distance between Halfway and Joesph with nothing out there.

Can post more detailed info if needed. Also, if coming into Missoula, dependent on the day, I may be able to hook up and ride a bit with you or offer any other info if desired. PM me if you wish.
This is a great ride. It's an old Forest Service road that's been paved. Several moles up there is a turn off that winds about a mile or so off the main road, and ends at a large peaking area. The views of Hell's Canyon are amazing. Well worth the detour. At Joseph you can take the aerial tram ride to the top of Mt. Howard, for a great view. You see Washington, Oregon and Idaho from up there. Lake Wallowa campground I'd very nice, too.

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