Hello to all, 1st post but many many reads to help me with my many issues. thank you all for your help its been very appreciated.
Family and I are going to Montana and will be around Yellowstone and the surrounding area, and would like to know of trails to go on with our cj7 we will be towing it behind the M/H from florida to a campground and then we will be looking to get lost on some trails, old roads, ghost towns ect. ect.
the cj is not a rock crawler but would like to really get away from it all.
any ideas on info to direct me in the right direction or personal experience would be the best.
That sounds like a great trip!! South of Jackson Hole off hwy. 191 there were allot of trails if I remember right. It's been a while since I was last out there though. Down around Pinedale there's some lakes up in the mountians on the south side of town and the farther you drive the worse the road gets, keep going and you'll find Jeep roads. Seems like there's lots of access but as I said it's been a few years since I was there and things may have changed.
I'll second the areas near Pinedale and Boulder. The Wind River Range (Wyoming's hidden treasure that is overshadowed by Tetons/Yellowstone) is the eastern backdrop with Freemont Lake and Boulder Lake right off of 191. If you stay on 191 to get to I80 you can check out the sand dunes north of Rock Springs. I was in the area last week and the snow line was still at 8000 feet with 200%+ snow pack in the mts. Everything will be wet and muddy! I realize this is far south of your stated destination but it could be a fun path of travel to or from your destination.
The two best off-road vehicles in the world -- the Jeep CJ and rental cars.
North of Jackson Lake at the Grand Tetons is Grassy Lake/Ashton Flagg ranch road. Nice ride, good scenery, you might even meet the wagon train. THere are some nice primitive camp sites there too.
If you take that all the way to Maryville then 32 south to Driggs. You can get a forest service road map from the office there and ask them about "the highline road" something like that, its on the west side of that valley.
The next town south of Driggs you stop in the general store and get a Huckleberry shake. Only place in the world.
If you hike there is a place east of Driggs that's a big deal day hike. You can get above the Grand Tetons. Nice camping there too.
If you stay going south on 32 there is a small brewery on the left. Go there around 4:30-5 and they are in a good mood. Free beer.
Always ask at a Forest Service office, where the dispersed camping is. That's the get away from it stuff.
Skip Yellowstone - hit the Beartooth Scenic Byway, between Cody WY and Red Lodge MT, but be prepared for some snow...and Grizzly sightings. You will NOT be sorry.
And I second the area just north of Jackson. My g/f and I camped on some primitive sights (for FREE!) and had this to set up camp to:
Woke up with wolves howling near the site.
Yep, the Beartooth is much more senic than Yellowstone!!!!!! There are several good Jeep trails off Highway 212 right out of Cooke City, including the Daisy and Lulu Pass roads and the Goose Lake road. Then there is the Morrison Jeep road that runs between the Clarks Fork River and 212 near the top of the plateau.
If you are spending some time in the area, the old mining towns of Virginia and Nevada Cities-semi ghost towns- (MT) are also worth the visit and sit at the south end of the Tobacco Root Mountains that contain dozens of great Jeep trails. North Meadow Creek and Noble Fork-Wisconsin Creek are my favorites. The Gravelly Range Road (FS road 290) is south of Virginia City and also a very senic drive as most of the road is along the crest of the range. All these spots are about a 100 miles north of West Yellowstone. Here is a shot off Highway 212 south of Red Lodge.
I'm staying away from Yellostone. Be my luck if I visit, that's when she will decide to blow.
You will need to stay a long ways away when that happens (and it will). In addition to covering several states with a thick layer of ash, that 3 to 4 cubic miles of water in Yellowstone Lake will be more or less instantly displaced. New Orleans (and every other city along the Missouri, Mississippi, Snake, and Columbia Rivers) will very likely be under water. Places like Billings, MT may just disappear. Would be intresting to watch-from the international space station.
I live right outside of Yellowstone in Cody. Hit the Beartooth Scenic Byway, WELL worth it. There is also a trail up there called Morrison Jeep Trail. Pretty nice trail. There are also a bunch of trail up there too, like Little Sunlight. Then make your way thru Cody and then thru Yellowstone. There are really no trails you can take in Yellowstone. Then make your way down towards Jackson like other people have said.
WOW! Fantastic information guys, I am so grateful to this forum for all the help and this will make our trip the best. its a haul from florida and the only hill here is the local landfill so I wish to make the best of our time there and the CJ will make it happen. each one of your replies were very useful to me Thanks again.
We will be looking out for bear as I told my wife I only have to run faster than her so she started going to the gym