Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Another Day In West Yellowstone

Today we did a five-hour 70-mile ride out of West Yellowstone: west on the Two Top trail, then the Lionshead loop in Idaho and the Valley trail there, then back to Two Top, then the Powerline trail to Black Canyon and then finally the South Plateau trail back to West Yellowstone. Lots of stops, of course, but lots of riding. The snow levels here are relatively low, but tolerable, the grooming OK, the weather warm (for West Yellowstone and 7,000 feet), and there are far fewer sleds out than we remember from the early 2000s. Pretty nice for snowmobiling, really.
Wintry morning scene on the trail--it was 9 degrees last night
but hit 40 this afternoon
















View east from Lionshead















Closer up; we conjecture it's called Pyramid Peak















Mountains all around















The trail crosses route 20 right at the Continental Divide and
the border between Idaho
















And Montana















The Valley trail took us into the outskirts of Island Park















More mountains everywhere















Including the Grand Teton in the distance















But then we turned back east toward Two Top















Along the aptly named Powerline trail















No sled zone...we've ridden in Yellowstone three or four times
over the years, but not since 2006 or so; current regulations
call for being on state-of-the-art four-stroke machines (read:
2015 models) and on a guided tour; maybe again, someday,
but for now there's too much else to see; the 2015 models we
have seen, BTW, are almost dangerously quiet...


















Lest anyone think we're slumming, parked next to us today is
an Earthroamer (priced between $300-600,000); a nice
couple from Calgary; and I figured we'd be the only people
camping/sledding here...

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