Doing another road trip this summer and just love to do a trip report and share pictures along the way.
I run the trail both ways. But not like the entire trail. Let me show you what I am saying.Can't quite tell for sure from your itinerary, but it looks like you may be planning on running Black Bear from west to east. Black Bear is a one-way trail only, and is run from east to west.
Adding some info to your trip that you might want to consider.July 21: Day trip. Keystone to Cheyenne crossing to Spearfish to Deadwood to Sturgis and back to Keystone. (closed enough to visit Devils Tower National Monument?)
July 22: Visit Mt Rushmore. Custer State Park. Wind Cave National Park. (Jewel Cave National Monument)
July 23: Day trip to Badlands National Park. (Minutemen Missile National Historic Site & don't miss out Wall Drug, my fav tourist site)
Thanks for that suggestion because I was not considering using hwy 12. My original plan plan was to use hwy 62 to get to Capitol Reef NP. But based on your suggestion, I just did some more research and I think that route would be very scenic. Besides, I just discovered hwy 12 is a famous Scenic Highway that I did not even know about. So, thanks for that suggestion and I will go that route. It even has some great views to fly my drone and do the active track feature so my drone can follow me on those curves where the speed limit is 25mph. And using this hwy 12 gives me the chance to visit the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument that I have never been to.On highway 12 between Bryce and Capitol Reef, make a quick stop and take the hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls (or upper if you don't mind a tougher hike to avoid people) its worth it.
Would be cool to meet you again on the road. But this time we are not eating only icecream. We are grilling that steak you promised when we met in Canada.@PetitFrereArmada Looks like we might crosspath each other again for 2018. FYI, July 18-22 is FJ summit in Ouray. There will be a lot of toyota in Ouray area. If you attend the event, good. If not, the trail use in Ouray area will be crowded. I will be arriving in Ouray in July 23 to avoid the crowd.
Thanks for some of those suggestions. I think I may use all of them.Adding some info to your trip that you might want to consider.
More recommendation around Capital Reef National Park. I'm actually doing both Burr trail & cathedral valley scenic backway. In Moab/Canyonland area, I hoping to do white rim trail, but have limited time, so Shafer trail/Potash Rd, Long Canyon Rd is my fallback.July 13: Checkout of hotel and go visit Bryce Canyon for the whole day.
Leave park and drive to Torrey, UT for the next park; Capitol Reef. Use hwy 12. Stop at Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and maybe Lower Calf Creek Falls. Take Burr Trail into Capitol Reef NP.
(Burr Trail got nice switchback. It will take a few hours to cross from hwy 12)
July 14: Check out of hotel and visit Capitol Reef National Park for the whole day. (If you like offroad with scenic, do cathedral valley scenic backway)
When done, hit the road for Moab, UT. Stay here 3 nights