The only way to get to Yellow Pine right now is via the South Fork route. 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.
Yellow Pine: We have had some rain recently to settle the dust. Please respect residents and slow down!
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Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Clear
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Work to repave Idaho Highway 55 from milepost 91 to milepost 97 near Smiths Ferry will begin Thursday, May 9th and continue until the end of June, according to Idaho Transportation Department officials.
During the work, traffic will be reduced to a single lane, controlled by flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should plan for delays of up to thirty minutes. Work will not be done after 12 noon Fridays through the weekends.
South Fork Road: May 14 report: lots of trees down, but they had all been cut out by late afternoon.
May 15: Mail truck driver (Dean) reports the road is clear, nothing to cut or move.
May 18: Report of more trees down, but they had been cut out.
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: May 15 report: Road is clear, no rocks or trees, getting a little rough.
May 18: Report that the road is getting rough and washboardy.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Road is bare between Yellow Pine and Halfway now.
Report May 15: “I rode Johnson Creek last night to Halfway and was blocked by snow there, county road graders are working on this end cleaning ditches. No major slides or sluffs between YP and Halfway.” – Matt
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.
Update from Midas Gold May 17
Unfortunately, vehicle travel along Stibnite Road is likely still a few weeks out. However, we are encouraged by the progress the contractor for Valley County, OK Gravel, has made in clearing about 75% of the avalanche. Melt conditions have also been favorable and most of the snow has melted from the avalanche. Once crews are able to clear the slide entirely, they will begin re-building the road base back up. Timing for road surfacing is contingent upon when Valley County can start crushing material from the Yellow Pine quarry this summer and we anticipate a final gravel cap will be added to the road in mid-to-late summer.
The following photos, taken from the same location over the last few weeks, show the progress.
photo credit Midas Gold. Photo 1: slide on April 17. Photo 2: April 25 melting out, foot trail well established. Photo 3: May 17 County contractor about 75% completed cleared avalanche debris and re-establishing road corridor. Will need a few more weeks to build road base back up above river.
link to more info:
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′