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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