Originally Posted by steveteles
I see what you're talking about. Since I'm starting in Ogden, however, what would happen if I took 15N to the Brigham City and got onto 89 there? Would that work? It looks considerably shorter to pick up 89 there. Also, is there any way I can really do this trip with a regular car, so long as I drive reasonably slowly? Or, being honest, is it hopeless without 4WD?
Hi Steve. Taking 89 from Brigham through Logan and Montpelier is a nice drive under good conditions but you are driving over four passes that way: Sardine (Brigham to Logan - four lane, but can be brutal with wind), Logan Canyon Summit (not bad, tops out at about 7200 feet, but Logan Canyon is a tad curvey; if the going gets tough, stop at Beaver Mountain and ski for the day.
), Geneva Summit outside of Montpelier, and Salt River Pass outside of Star Valley. If there are no storms in progress, you'll be fine.
Another option to those mentioned would be 89 to Logan, but then continue north on 91 to Preston, Idaho, then catch Idaho 34 to Soda Springs, north to Wayan and over Tincup Pass to Liberty, Wyoming in Star Valley. Tincup is not very high or curvey, but can be tough with wind. The biggest danger for ANY driver is after coming down the pass. You hit a couple of shady curves as you enter the valley and they can be very icy. Just take it slow. By driving this route, after you leave Logan you only have one pass to deal with rather than three.
Regardless of your route, it looks like your timing for fresh snow is impeccable.