Day to Day

Daily Routes Details

The Route

DISTANCE: 209 MILES
DURATION: 3 DAYS
AVERAGE DAILY DISTANCE: 70 MILES

Day OneDeparture Town – Red Lodge, MT Rest Stop – TBD (no lunch) Arrival Town: Cody, WY Miles Biked: 68 Total Miles Biked: 68Note that each day the route traveled is in parts of both Wyoming and Montana, illustrating that The Beartooth Challenge follows the confines of the great Rocky Mountains and not the boundaries of man.The first day of the ride will be the easiest day since the ride from Red Lodge, MT to Cody, WY does not have any big climbs and is fairly flat. At approximately 68 miles, it should not take more than 5 hours of ride time to make the trip. At about mile 26 the group will cross the state line into Wyoming. There will be a rest stop at the halfway point so that riders can refill with hydration and eat some food. The first night is at the historic Irma Hotel and Restaurant in downtown Cody, Wyoming (named after Buffalo Bill’s daughter). There are many things to do in Cody such as visiting the Buffalo Bill Center of the West museum. The group will likely dine at the Irma Hotel Restaurant followed by a few beverages in the saloon.

Day Two

Departure Town – Cody, WY
Rest Stop – Dead Indian Pass Overlook
Lunch: Hunter Peak Ranch
Arrival Town: Cooke City, MT
Miles Biked: 77

The second day of the ride includes having a hearty breakfast in Cody before departing into the mountains. This day includes the first big climb up Dead Indian Pass, which is a 13 mile climb, with an elevation increase of 3,200 feet, at an average grade of 4.7%. There will be a rest stop at the Dead Indian Pass Overlook for riders to re-hydrate. The ride continues into beautiful Sunlight Basin near the Clarksfork of the Yellowstone River Canyon. The group will stop at Hunter Peak Ranch for lunch before making the final stretch up to Cooke City, MT. At about mile 72.5 the group will cross the state line again, back into Montana. There is a final 4 mile climb with an elevation gain of over 1,000 feet into Cooke City (into the wind). The group will bed down in Cooke City and enjoy a few beverages at one of the local watering holes.
Total Miles Biked: 145

Day Three

Departure Town – Cooke City, MT
Rest Stop – Top of the World
(no lunch)
Arrival Town: Red Lodge, MT
Miles Biked: 64
Total Miles Biked: 209

The third and final day of the ride includes a 12 mile descent to the base of Beartooth Pass. From there the big climb begins for the next 21 miles with an elevation gain of over 4,300 feet. There will be a rest stop at the Top of the World, which has a store for tourists and visitors, however this is NOT the top of the climb which is another 8 miles further up. Once at the top, there is a long 28 mile descent into Red Lodge. At the beginning of the descent at mile 39.5, the group will cross back into Montana. The final night will include a group dinner in Red Lodge with the presentation of finisher medals to all riders.

Elevation Stats

TOTAL CLIMBING:  16,000 FEET

LONGEST CLIMB: 24.3 MILES, 4.656 FT, 3.5% GRADE

AVERAGE CLIMBING GRADE: 3.67%

TOP ELEVATION: 10,950