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Old 05-23-2011, 07:10 PM   #1
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What is the best route from Salt Lake City to Jackson Wy. and the Grand Teton N.P.? Looking for the least elevation change and easiest route
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80 East, to just east of Evanston, Wy, then 189 north isn't bad. At Hoback Jct, take 89 on north to Jackson. (you cannot avoid elevation change)
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:29 PM   #3
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Lightbulb Going to Jackson, WY and TETON

We made it in a VW Variant (54 HP) pulling a TT. You should be able to do it without any trouble!
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80 East, to just east of Evanston, Wy, then 189 north isn't bad. At Hoback Jct, take 89 on north to Jackson. (you cannot avoid elevation change)

You will peak out just under 8K ft, between Daniel Jct and Hoback Jct. This is at the divide between the Green river drainage, and the Snake drainage. (somewhere near there is a triple divide, Green River to Colorado River, Snake to Columbia river, and Missouri drainage to Miss.)
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You are mistaken about where the Snake goes into the Colombia. That happens at Pasco, Wa.
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How about going north on 89 through Logan. There is a small climb from Brigham City ( lots of fruit later in the summer near Brigham) to Logan (Cache Valley) but it will be easy in your rig. Cache Valley is surrounded by mountain ranges. Lots of farm land.
Your gain from Logan will be about 3500 feet, traveling beside a river part of the way. The drive is beautiful! The last 4-5 miles is switchbacks dropping down to Bear Lake and Garden City.
IIRC the rest of the trip to Jackson on 89 is uneventful.

Maybe a bit more elevation change, but I'll guarantee you a much more scenic ride.

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You are mistaken about where the Snake goes into the Colombia. That happens at Pasco, Wa.

CD, Read my post again. I said a triple point divide was near there, not that the Snake runs into the Columbia there. Neither does the Green run into the Colorado, or the Missouri run into the Miss., there. I was pointing out where these headwater rivers ultimately end up.
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I believe that the triple divide is in Glacier NP, MT.
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I believe that the triple divide is in Glacier NP, MT.
There can be & probably is, several triple point divides. The one I have been referring to is in the Gros Ventres Range, in Wy. (may not have spelled that right), it is the transverse range between the Wind River Range, and the Wyoming Range, at the northern end of the Green River drainage.
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How about the easy way? I-15 north to Idaho Falls, ID (about 210 miles) then Hwy 26 to Jackson, WY, (about 110 miles)
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How about going north on 89 through Logan. There is a small climb from Brigham City ( lots of fruit later in the summer near Brigham) to Logan (Cache Valley) but it will be easy in your rig. Cache Valley is surrounded by mountain ranges. Lots of farm land.
Your gain from Logan will be about 3500 feet, traveling beside a river part of the way. The drive is beautiful! The last 4-5 miles is switchbacks dropping down to Bear Lake and Garden City.
IIRC the rest of the trip to Jackson on 89 is uneventful.

Maybe a bit more elevation change, but I'll guarantee you a much more scenic ride.

Safe travels
I agree!! I've taken this route, very beautifull!
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