Road Reports Jan 19, 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 18 1/2″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine this 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: Wednesday (Jan 15) mail truck driver (Robert) says the highway was plowed on Tuesday so it wasn’t too bad on Wednesday.
Report Monday (Jan 13) around 2 feet of snow up high, mail truck driver said it was an 11 hour day.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (63″ snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Friday (Jan 17) report of 6-10″ new snow on upper South Fork (between Warm Lake and the Hot Springs), another report of a couple trees down and cut out. Local plow went out Friday afternoon.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Road plowed Friday Jan 17.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow Thursday (Jan 16.)
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 Webcam: (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′

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′ (82″ snow)