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Day 2 of my trip.

We are now at about 9000 feet. My ears are popping.

Many of you are aware that I looked forward to driving the Beartooth Highway in Montana. See details below.
Although I was advised that the Beartooth Pass was open, upon arrival at the pass at 11000 feet after a white-knuckled drive we were turned back as the pass had been closed due to heavy snowfall at the top. This was June 17:) We had to drive down to the starting point and take an alternate route to Cooke City which took an additional 5 hours.

The Beartooth Highway has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. Because of heavy snowfall at the top, the pass is usually open each year only from mid-May through mid-October, weather conditions permitting.
The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft (3,337 m) high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5,200 ft (1,600 m) to 8,000 ft (2,400 m) in 12 mi (19 km) in the most daring landscapes.
When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone National Park. En route, one passes numerous lakes typical of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area which borders the highway along much of its route.
Because of the high altitudes, snowstorms can occur even in the middle of the summer and the pass is also known for strong winds and severe thunderstorms. The highway passes through portions of Custer National Forest, and Shoshone National Forest and near the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
This road connects with the Chief Joseph Scenic Highway to reach Cooke City and the Northeast Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.
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Jul 06 2011 17:56 GMT senna3
Great nature series John!
Jul 06 2011 18:04 GMT Annamaria
Its a pity that you couldn't pass the Beartooth Pass.... Maybe another time.... Its almost unbelievable that there is still snow!! A collegue of me just returned from Vancouver-area and told us that there was lots of snow too upthere!!
Jul 06 2011 18:06 GMT 2011Rob PRO
Fantastic series and info John, very sorry you did not achieve your goal:-(
Jul 06 2011 18:22 GMT Papagena
This will later remain as great anecdote in your mind John !!

Btw. In Switzerland it isn't seldom that snow is falling in June, sometimes even in August. As in 1979 on 1st August, Swiss National Day, just at the end of our holidays. The way home, driving over a pass, was rather special !!.............
Jul 06 2011 18:56 GMT elsje323
beautiful serie John