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Offline driftlessregion

St Mary to Baab to Browning
« on: April 07, 2021, 12:23:35 pm »
Anyone have experience with  Mt 464 highway?
I'm not trying to save miles but here is an alternative
Scenery and safe roads are the factors to consider. I'll have had plenty of mountains and forests.

Offline John Nettles

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Re: St Mary to Baab to Browning
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2021, 12:47:03 pm »
I drove between Babb and Browning two years agao. Some longer steady inclines (typical of region) and thought it was fairly scenic.  Even stopped to take a pic or two IIRC.  No services that I remember between Babb and Browning.

Since you are going to Babb and want scenery, consider going to Many Glacier to west of Babb.  The ride in is sort of just there but it is scenic once there.  A nice hike around the lake takes about 1/2 a day. 

Tailwinds, John

Offline jamawani

Re: St Mary to Baab to Browning
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2021, 02:39:35 pm »
I've cycled both ways -
St. Mary - Babb - Browning & St. Mary - Kiowa - Browning.
(Also, St. Mary - Star School - Browning which is better than via Kiowa.)

The Babb option is my preference by far. Much less traffic.

US 89 south of St. Mary is verry narrow with mondo RVs and distracted drivers.
But it is being reconstructed and has been a mess for the past few years.
Not to mention eastbound there is a killer climb out of St. Mary.
Westbound is a more steady climb with rollers.

The Babb option also provides access to Many Glacier - best area of the park.
(Although this year they are doing MAJOR reconstruction of Many Glacier Road.)
US 89 is easy route along Lower St. Mary Lake - dirt road on west side of lake.
IR 464 has a cimb out of Babb and the moderate rollers and expansive views.
Traffic is light to moderate, but can be pretty fast.

Offline driftlessregion

Re: St Mary to Baab to Browning
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2021, 06:38:21 pm »
Thanks, very helpful. We can't wait!