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Posted: 01/23/19 04:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

j3ff9ack wrote:

In my opinion, Hwy 16 is a bit easier than Hwy 14, but not significantly so. Both have lots of grade and turns. As mentioned by an earlier poster, do not use Hwy 14A.
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Couple Summers ago I went east on 14 and and west on 16. Seemed about the same but 16 was probably a bit easier. And yes I am loaded to max and use the lower gears to get over due to limited power. Allow an extra hour over the GPS estimate to give plenty of time to relax and enjoy the view at a slower pace.


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Posted: 01/23/19 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JMO, I think that 16 is the prettier drive.....but that’s just me!


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memtb wrote:

JMO, I think that 16 is the prettier drive.....but that’s just me!


If you you like the high country go 14A west from Burgess Junction. You can always turn around before starting the descent. I thought it was beautiful up there.





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This has probably been covered many times, BUT - short answer: We're traveling from Devil's Tower, WY to Cody, WY then Yellowstone this coming July in a 34 foot class A gas motorhome towing a car. We've driven Hwy 16 from Buffalo to Worland on to Greybull and on to Cody and remember the grades. My question: Is that still the easiest route, preferable to Hwy 14 Sheridan to Greybull? Not familiar with Hwy 14. How are the grades and curves compared to Hwy 16? Thanks.


Why would you subject yourselves and your vehicle to that kind of abuse?

The easiest way from the Tower to Cody is taking US 212 to Custer Battlefield - Crow Agency, then up I 90 to Billings and back down US 310 to MT 72 to WY 120. About 400 mi and 8 hr trip. It's a bit longer and MUCH SAFER. Plus you'll get to see the Battlefield and Billings (Costco) along the way. Gas was always cheaper in MT than Cody.


Maybe that's not so obvious to someone from out of town. That's why people ask questions.


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Maybe that's not so obvious to someone from out of town. That's why people ask questions.


Unbeyknownst to you and others is that I lived and transported animals throughout the region for 40 yrs. Been over all the routes numerous times. Nothing worse than being stuck behind an rv barely able to make the climb up and burning the brakes on the way down. My brother operated a commercial tow truck in Lovell that recovered a couple of rv's a month because they tried and failed to maintain the lanes on the switchbacks. He now drives his wrecker in Canada where the money is better.


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Maybe that's not so obvious to someone from out of town. That's why people ask questions.


Unbeyknownst to you and others is that I lived and transported animals throughout the region for 40 yrs. Been over all the routes numerous times. Nothing worse than being stuck behind an rv barely able to make the climb up and burning the brakes on the way down. My brother operated a commercial tow truck in Lovell that recovered a couple of rv's a month because they tried and failed to maintain the lanes on the switchbacks. He now drives his wrecker in Canada where the money is better.


That's great. Thanks for the input, but keep it respectful.

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16 is not as steep and not as curvy as 14. Easiest route over the Bighorns.


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We've been over the Bighorns a couple times via 14, avoid 14A. Each time we've noticed something different-incredibly scenic. On the part where there are hills and grades, we've found enough pullouts in those areas where we can let the vehicle or driver take a break and enjoy the scenery. It's really not that bad-there are worse out there(Teton Pass).

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