Note: The Valley County road levy failed to pass on Nov 5th. Snowplowing and road maintenance will likely be slashed in half. There was a meeting Nov 18, in Cascade to get an update from the road department. Will post more info when we get it.
Watch for a bad icy spot about halfway down the South Fork road, there has been 2 wrecks and several near misses. 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 some rain in Yellow Pine and snow in higher elevations in the last 3 days, local streets are clear and damp. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Nov 20) mail truck driver reports a couple inches of snow at Big Creek summit, a little icy in the shade early morning.
Tuesday (Nov 19) a couple inches snow packed on Big Creek Summit.
Highway 55 Webcams Link:
South Fork Road: Tuesday (Nov 19) lots of small rocks on the road this morning – East Fork and South Fork – all can be negotiated so far.
We have had reports of two slide-offs in less than a week and several near misses due to the ice flow.
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.” – 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. A recent report of small rocks coming down into the road.
Johnson Creek Road: Still open but travel at your own risk.
Wednesday (Nov 20) mail truck driver said there is snow from Landmark to Rusty Can, then wet road the rest of the way to Yellow Pine.
Reports that the road has pot holes between YP and the dump.
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 Stibnite 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′
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.