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: Local streets have a thin icy snow cover – slick in the shade. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)
Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reported no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
Highway 55 Webcams Link:
South Fork Road: Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out as far as Warm Lake, reports the road is good from this end until Caton Creek then icy and really slick by Reed Ranch. Warm and water running, will be really icy when it freezes up.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reports the road is good, a small amount of snow, patchy snow floor and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge
EFSF Road: Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out and reports the lower part of the EFSF road is really slick.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) said the road was good.
Johnson Creek Road: Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles, Warm Lake summit not plowed. Lower Johnson Creek: the snow has improved the drive to the dump, filling in the worst pot holes.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet
Lick Creek: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet
Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
New Report from December 14-15, 2019
L&I spent last weekend in Big Creek. We drove to YP & took the tracked ATVs from there to Big Creek. Driving to YP from Cascade all the roads were snow packed (including the East Fork Road). If we had prior knowledge of the road status from Wapita to the mouth of Profile Creek we would have ridden snowmobiles from Warm Lake to Big Creek. However the section from Wapita to Profile Creek has just the minimum amount of snow & could easily become unusable for snowmobiles.
There is the alternative of avoiding the Wapita to Profile section by using the old Thunder Mountain Road (takes off about 1 mile south of Wapita) to Stibnite & then down to the Profile Road via the East Fork Road from Stibnite. Currently that could be a challenging ride because it includes several miles of high elevation (above 8000 feet) riding. As a comparison, on Sunday L&I attempted to go from Big Creek to Elk Summit & as we approached the 8000′ elevation we encountered 5-6 feet of dry powder (bottomless) that could be a challenge – it certainly stopped L&I on our tracked ATVs. Profile gap (~7700′) was no problem because all the recent traffic had set up a pretty good base.
For some info on conditions in the back country this last weekend the following is a linkto a short video:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)
Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open. No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′
Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Most likely closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.
Deadwood Summit: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′