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THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY - MONTANA

THE BEARTOOTH HIGHWAY - MONTANA
On September 1, 2014 I drove the Beartooth Highway for the second time in my life. We started here just outside Red Lodge, Montana and drove up to just under 11000 feet.

The Beartooth Highway
Dubbed “the most beautiful roadway in America” by On the Road correspondent Charles Kuralt, the Beartooth Highway climbs to an astounding 10,947 feet above sea level. Since its completion in 1936, the Highway has awed millions of visitors with its astonishing views of one of the most rugged and wild areas in the lower 48 states. As it winds its way from Red Lodge to the northeastern entrance of Yellowstone National Park, the Highway traverses an impressive range of ecosystems – from lush lodge pole pine forests to alpine tundra. At the highway’s summit, travelers find themselves in a sky-high world of glacial cirques, clear alpine lakes, and snow that lingers through the summer months. The brutal climate at this elevation deters the growth of trees and shrubs, and the plants that do grow here have adapted in remarkable ways. Some convert sunlight to heat, and many conserve water the way desert plants do.
With 20 peaks over 12,000 feet in elevation (including Granite Peak, Montana’s highest at 12,799 feet), the Beartooth Mountains lie within the 943,377-acre Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness. Grizzly and black bears make their home here, as do elk, deer, moose, bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, mountain lions and bobcats. With over 950 alpine lakes and hundreds of miles of trails, these mountains offer ample photographic opportunities – much of it accessible from the Beartooth Highway. However, be sure to pack your windbreaker and woolens in addition to your cameras: it can be a bit nippy at the summit of Yellowstone’s own Highway to the Sky.

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Stanley Sutton
Stanley Sutton
This Lovely image was viewed in my favourite group
Thank you for posting in Vigilant Photographers Unite
3 years ago.
sawsengee
sawsengee
beautiful landscape & valley lines captured in fine light & colours
3 years ago.
blokkadeleider
blokkadeleider
Wow! Groots landschap!
3 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful landscape image John.
3 years ago.