Road Reports March 17, 2019

It may be Spring in the valley, but its still winter in the Back Country. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route, advised to carry chains. Be aware of winter conditions there is a LOT of snow in the back country, travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Roads are likely ice and snow covered, trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change quickly this time of year. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: It has been dry with warmer days and very cold nights the last few days. Local streets are snow covered and starting to break up in places, gets slushy during the day, hard and crunchy at night. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Thurs (Mar 14) “Warm Lake Hwy mix of snow covered and bare pavement.” Friday report: “Warm Lake road has lots of bare & dry but some ice surprises so be ready.”
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (92″ snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
A warning from ITD about pot holes in the canyon between Smith’s Ferry and Banks. The road is falling apart! Advised to use Hwy 95.

South Fork Road: Report on Thurs (March 14) “S Fork mix of snow covered and bare pavement with a few pot holes and ruts.” Friday report: “Lower S Fork has frozen ruts & potholes, slick. After Poverty overlook there’s a good snow floor & few potholes.”
Note: The SF is the best it can be with what equipment we have available. It is posted on top of SF to put chains on when snow covered and as a reminder you travel the back country roads at your own risk. – CD
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Thursday (Mar 14) Report “E. Fork snow covered with a few rocks.” Friday report: “Road from YP to S Fork is good with few rocks & frozen.”

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Report on Thurs (March 14) “the road is “perfect.” Report Saturday (March 16) “a few bare spots, starting to break up, road is pretty good.”
Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (122″)

Payette Avalanche Advisory

Valley County Grooming Reports

Snowmobile Trail Map – Warm Lake & Johnson Creek areas