The Bear Tooth Hwy.
The late Charles Kuralt, CBS correspondent and noted traveler, called this road the most beautiful drive in America. It's hard to argue that assessment. The Bear Tooth section is actually a part of U.S. HWY 212. I left the north east entry of Yellowstone and rode the Bear Tooth from start to finish at its end 68 miles later in Red Lodge, MT. I shot these pictures in early June and I include just a few here to give you a sense of the majesty of the ride.
1 ) This is the last level section before the road peaks out at about 11,000 foot elevation. From this point on, it's up, up, up.
2 ) A large lake that's just beginning to thaw at the shoreline.
3 ) You can see some of the road you've left behind.
4 ) This lake high up is said to never thaw.
5 ) This is near the crest of the road. The twists and turns to get there are obvious. The banks of snow along the " S " shaped road, kind of in the middle of the image, were at least 15 feet tall.