There is still a lot of snow in the high country. Rain on snow is bringing down the snow pack, sometimes into the roads and rivers. Hwy 55 was blocked by a mudslide Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.
Yellow Pine: In the last 2 days we have received over 1/2″ of rain, so things may have changed since the last reports. Local streets are bare.
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Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Apr 17) mail truck driver (Dean) reports the highway is clear.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Warning from ITD: Between Sportsman Access and Smith’s Ferry Drive – High Valley Road (14 to 20 miles south of the Cascade area). Look out for potholes. Drive carefully.
South Fork Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning. Report Friday (Apr 19) road was clear, no rocks or trees down.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:
EFSF Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning. Report Friday (Apr 19) road was clear, no rocks or trees down.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 17) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Big berm at the end of the plowing. A report Apr 18 to watch for a big rock in the road, you can get around it.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:
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: Road is still closed. (See Village News later tonight for update.)
Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 16, 2019
On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road.
The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable.
Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site.
We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies.
We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.
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′