Road Reports Nov 17, 2019

Note: The Valley County road levy failed to pass on Nov 5th. Snowplowing and road maintenance will likely be slashed in half. There will be a meeting tomorrow, Nov 18, at 2pm in Cascade to get an update from the road department.

Watch for a bad icy spot about halfway down the South Fork road. Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: We have had dry weather so far in November, local streets are clear. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Last report Wednesday (Nov 13) Mail truck driver reports there are slick spots in the shady places to watch for in the early morning going over Big Creek summit, especially on the Cascade side.

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Tuesday (Nov 12) “South Fork is bare except for BAD ICE FLOW with deep rut about milepost 14. There will be black ice from Warm Lake road to milepost 7 at night and early morning. That section was occasionally wet today so it will freeze at night.” – LI
Another report Monday (Nov 11) that a low clearance car might have trouble with that deep icy rut, about halfway out the South Fork road.
Last Sunday (Nov 10) a truck slid off the road into the river, slow down and watch for ice.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Sunday (Nov 10) Last report that the road is still in good shape.

Johnson Creek Road: Still open but travel at your own risk.
Wednesday (Nov 13) mail truck driver said there are frozen ruts up at Landmark, upper Johnson Creek road has ruts beat down to dirt, then clear and dry all the way to Yellow Pine – except in the shade. Another report that the road between YP and the Dump is getting ‘pot-holy’.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open? No current report. Probably some snow up high. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Travel at your own risk. Probably ruts beat thru at the top.
Last report Saturday (Oct 26) going in with high clearance 4×4 required chains over the top, “was not easy”.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Report from Midas Gold Oct 29th: Following the end of the year grading, we’ve had a little rain & snow creating some muddy conditions. The temperatures are getting low enough to create a predominantly hard frozen running surface with patches of snow/ice in the shadows. Overall, the road is in pretty good conditions with the odd pothole here and there but should be traveled with caution.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Probably closed by now at the summit? No current report on road conditions. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Probably snowed closed by now. No current report. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open? No current report. Probably some snow up high. Travel at your own risk.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.