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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Heading to Parker CO from Alberta, Canada

Myself and a fellow Road Glide member are planning a golf trip to Parker,
Colorado in mid September through Montana and Wyoming. We're sending the clubs ahead and hoping to make it a 3 day trip to get there. We were wondering if some fellow members could comment on possible must do routes along the way and any concerns for weather (frost and snow) during that time of year. Thanks everyone for any input.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 09:19 AM
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No help from fellow CO,WY, ID gliders? Anybody been through Yellowstone or the Teton's lately? Trying to figure what type of weather we will run into mid Sept.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-30-2013, 02:39 PM
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Not from there fellow Albertan... but... there are many good rides to the south, stay off the big highways and pick a road!

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Try going through Glaciar National Park. The Highway to the Sky over the top of Glaciar is great. Then down toward Yellowstone through Whitefish, very nice ride. Once in the Yellowstine area the ride out the east gate to Cody Wyoming is beautiful and the Beartooth Pass which is between Cody and Red Lodge is one of the best passes to ride in the US. From Yellowstone the ride down through Grand Teton is nice, then it gets a little flat and straight as you head south toward Colorado. Once you get down to Colorado head into Steamboat and then head east over Rabbit Ears pass, not a bad ride. from there head toward Rocky Mountain National Park and ride up over the top, a wonderful ride. One to the east side of the park head south on 72 along the east side of the park, a very pretty road, although even with the new paving it is a little rough. 72 will get you down to 70 which will take you I to Denver and toward Parker.

If you have time on the way back head west on 70 through Frisco and take 91 down through Leadville or keep west on 70 through Vail and take 24 toward Leadville, both routes are nice rides. Once through Leadville keep south on 24 until you get to 82 and head west through Twin Lake then over Independence Pass into Aspen, it is a great ride. Past Aspen it does get a little boring over to Glenwood Springs. Again if you have the time go back east over the pass and head south on 24 through Buena Vista toward Salida and then take 50 west over Monarch Pass. Past Gunnison head south on 149. Several nice passes. At Creede go up above the town to the Historic Mining District. It is gravel, but not too bad and some incredible views of old mines. Continue south on 149 then take 160 over Wolf Creek Pass into Pagosa Springs, then over to Durango and north out of Durango through Silverton, several Passes then the Million Dollar Highway into Ouray, anther incredible ride. From Ouray head north to Ridgeway the west on 62 to Placerville where you can turn right on 145 then 141. A little k won but beautiful ride up to Grand Junction. From there work your way back toward Wyoming and Yellowstone.

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Great input and thanks. We have 3 days to get there and 3 to get back. Some of those passes I believe are close to 10,000 ft. Any problems with frost, ice or snow in mid September?
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Yes some of those passes are over 10,000ft and trail ridge road through rocky mountain national park tops 12,000ft. Always a chance for frost or snow this time of year but that's true anywhere in the mountains


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The passes should not be too bad in September, but even in the summer they can get chilly. We have heated jackets and glove and when it gets cold they are really helpful.

With only three days each way you have a lot of ground to cover. At this time of year the traffic should be lighter through the parks but you will have some longs days riding the back roads that I described.
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We had hail on some of the passes in Colorado this weekend but that was the only ice I had seen. I rode Monarch Pass this past weekend on the way to Telluride and it was great.

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Just got back yesterday from the epic trip. Came down through Glacier National park on the Going to the Sun Rd. Fantastic except for the traffic on a Saturday. Then down the 83 and 141 to Helena and to Bozeman for the overnight. Day 2 to Yellowstone on 89 and the Bears tooth pass. Amazing but heavy foggy at the top. Makes the case for the Canadian daytime running lights as a few surprises appeared around the turns. Lunch at Cody and then on to Rawlins Wy. Not the most riveting ride (sorry to the Wyomings on the forum). Day 3 to Craig Co. and then the 40 to 9 through Brecknridge and then the 285 which got us to where we were going. On the way back we went north through Fort Collins and Cheyenne and then the 85 to Riverton. East on the 16 to Custer City and then rode around the Black Hills. The 14a around Deadwood is a great ride. Stopped in Sturgis for a visit and then started the long ride back to Calgary. This was my first long road trip roughly 3000 miles in 6 days but will probably be the most memorable. Heated gear was a must seeing lows of 30 and highs of 90 and thankfully never had to break out the rainsuit. Thanks to all for the feedback above.
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