Road Reports Jan 12, 2020

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 16″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine as of Sunday morning. Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): Cascade to Warm Lake – Smooth snow floor, beautiful ride.
Wednesday (Jan 8) mail truck driver (Robert) said no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (58″ of snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Local plow went out Friday and Saturday due to the storm. Report Jan 11th the first 10 miles coming in from Warm Lake is the deepest snow.
Report from Warm Lake Lodge Jan 11 of 14″ new snow!
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Warm Lake to Poverty Overlook – Plowed but fairly deep snow left on road center: kinda tough going if pulling a trailer like we were. Was wishing we had tire chains on in a couple of places.
Poverty Overlook to Poverty Flat Campground – plowed and well compacted snow floor that was easy going.
Poverty Flat Campground to East Fork Road – snow floor with asphalt often showing through in the ruts with short sections of bare roads.”
Wednesday (Jan 8) local plow went out early this morning met the inbound mail truck at Warm Lake. Said there was about 6″ of snow snow on the upper end.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Jan 11: Plowed both Friday and Saturday due to the storm.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “East fork Road from South Fork to mouth of Profile Creek. Plowed road that is Hard packed snow but sometimes a little slippery.”
Wednesday (Jan 8) Local plow went out early morning and cleared the snow and rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Report Sunday (Jan 12): Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow and also plowed out the dump.
Report Wednesday (Jan 1): road plowed from YP out to Wapiti Meadow, also plowed the dump.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.”
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]
photo courtesy Chris & Lowis Schwarzhoff
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′ (currently offline)

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.”
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (74″ snow)