The eastern starting point of the Beartooth Scenic Highway begins in Red Lodge, Montana. Initially, the drive is flat for several miles before it enters the beautiful Rock Creek Valley. Within this valley, several side-roads lead deeper into the valley. About seven miles south of Red Lodge though, the flat and easy-going ends as the Beartooth Highway begins a steep and twisty climb up the mountains. This six-mile long climb has a steady, 6% grade and has several sharp switchbacks. Despite this, the road is surprisingly wide, has many turn-off spots, and is in excellent condition.
This panoramic image is at the Rock Creek Vista Point at 9,190 feet elevation, it has a fairly large parking area and provides absolutely stunning views of Rock Creek Canyon far below. I liked the early morning fog burning off in the Rock Creek valley below.
Canon EOS 1D MK3, EF 70-200mm F2.8 IS USM L lens, Gitzo Tripod