It may be Spring in the valley (and on the calendar), 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 warm days and cold nights the last few days. Local streets are snow/ice covered and starting to break up in places. Getting slushy in sunny places during the warm part of the day, hard and crunchy at night. Measured 20″ snow on the ground by the school March 20th. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Report Wed (Mar 20) Warm Lake Hwy is pretty much bare in the lower parts, icy ruts and breaking up over the top, rough going.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
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 Wed (March 20) mail truck driver (Robert) says the ice is breaking up in sunny places on the upper end, icy ruts. The lower parts are a mix of bare pavement and thick ice, rough and slow going.
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: Report Wed (Mar 20) The road is starting to break up a little on the lower end, mostly smooth ice floor. Said there were a couple of big rocks down but easy to get around.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Last 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
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′
Payette Avalanche Advisory
Valley County Grooming Reports
Snowmobile Trail Map – Warm Lake & Johnson Creek areas