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: We had some rain mid-week, down to 12″ old snow on the flat. Local streets are starting to break up, patches of dirt in the sunny places, snow packed and icy in the shade. Local snow plow has been scraping slush off the roads recently.
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Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Report Wed (Mar 27) Warm Lake Hwy is pretty much bare in the lower parts, the hills have ice in the shady spots.
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: Got a report of a big slide south of Krassel at MM 26 Wednesday or Thursday. Local plow went out and cleaned up the slide. Report from Wednesday (March 27) mail truck driver (Robert) says the lower parts are pretty much bare pavement – watch for pot holes – until you get up to around Reed Ranch, then it is rough, icy and rutted.
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 the local plow went out and knocked rocks off the road Thursday or Friday. Watch for more rocks coming down with the freeze thaw cycle.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: No recent reports. 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′
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