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bobsallyh

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Posted: 01/09/20 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rt. 35 is doable but many vehicles turning right and left. Don't use it during cherry season! US 93 is better but heavily traveled.

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Posted: 01/09/20 08:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This is great information, I appreciate everyone pitching in with experience. DW is feeling better about the plan now.

Thanks again!


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2021 Update -

Well, the trip in 2020 got cancelled for all the obvious Covid reasons, but with vaccinations and things looking slightly better, we're going to try it this year.

So...anyone know of any changes we'd need to make? I'm still questioning whether to go up the east side of Flathead Lake on 35 or up 93 on the west.

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We did west side in late Aug 2017. Nice drive.

Jim & Mary's RV in Missoula lived up to all the great reviews.

As far as US-2 EAST from Glacier - Marias Pass is the easiest grade across the Montana Mountains according to the railroads.

The grade from Butte over the Continental Divide on I-90 east bound was steep, but not horrible. Better than I-70 from Green River, UT to the top of Capitol Reef.

Outside of Butte, I did slow to about 45 on the upgrade, but I was far from the slowest vehicle climbing that grade at the time.

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Thank you for great info! I was hoping folks were still looking at the forums, some don’t show much action now.

I’ve been on that I-70 route you mentioned, but we had the Super-C at the time.

Will check out Jim & Marys, thanks.

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Just don't take 35 during cherry season.

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Posted: 01/28/21 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When is cherry season? We'll be there the first of August for a couple weeks.

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Maybe a native Flatheader will respond with the dates. It does seem like the latter part of July or beginning of August. They are to die for and don't last long. The problem with 35 is that there are cheery sales shacks on 35, they have virtually no parking, heavy traffic, so you know what this leads too. Sort of like folks doing yard sales.

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We took Rt. 2 from Michigan to Glacier in 2017. Was a good road and some of it is four lane. For the most part flat and decent scenery. I don’t remember which state but it had many lakes very pretty.


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