Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. 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: Since Wednesday Yellow Pine has received a little rain and 1/4″ new snow, we now have an average of 23″ of snow on the flat. Local streets have a snow floor, breaking up a little where it has been plowed. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (not working)
Warm Lake Highway: Last report Wednesday (March 4) mail truck driver (Robert) the highway has a snow floor in the shady areas, getting bare pavement where it is sunny.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
Highway 55 Webcams Link:
South Fork Road: Last report Wednesday (March 4) mail truck (Robert) says the upper road is getting icy, the lower road has more open areas of pavement, watch for ice on the shady corners.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge
EFSF Road: Local crew moved some big rocks off the road Thur (Mar 5) in the Caton Creek area. Warmer weather has started the rock migration.
Last report Wednesday (March 4) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the road is mostly snow covered, the lower end near Yellow Pine is breaking up and more bare road.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Last plowed Friday (Feb 28) and groomed by the county. Road is snow packed with a path for snowmobiles.
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
Snowmobile Report for Big Creek/Yellow Pine area
by C&L as of 2/20/2020
The route from Warm Lake to YP via Landmark is in excellent shape except for the section from Warm Lake to Landmark which is rough & continuous moguls. Experienced riders may want to avoid this by taking the Beaver Creek – Trout Creek (Power Line) route. The plow left sufficient loose surface snow on the road from Wapiti to YP for snowmobiles.
The trail from YP to Big Creek is in excellent shape, although the section from YP to Profile Creek is plowed & watch for full sized vehicles on this section especially on the blind corners.
The trail from BC to Elk Summit is a challenge. There is no evidence anyone has made that trip yet this year. We did travel the Government Creek Road to almost the Goldman Cut, and that is now good for snowmobiles. We also traveled the Smith Creek Trail from BC to the intersection with the Government Creek Road. This trail is good for experienced riders, but the creek crossings are a little troublesome; however we had a rookie rider with us & he did great although he sure slept good that night. There is no evidence anyone has passed through Goldman Cut yet this year & it is drifted in badly. Opening the Goldman Cut will require some “frisky folks”. For experienced snowmobilers the Smith Creek Loop is doable by going up the Government Creek Road to the Goldman Cut & then dropping down the steep slope (ski brakes make this easier) via the talus slides to the Smith Creek Road & then back to Big Creek. This would be a tough ride in reverse because of the steep slope. Riders taking this loop should pack a chain saw. The Smith Creek summer ford (1/2 mile west of Pueblo intersection) is impassible (4-5′ vertical banks at waters edge), but the long used natural snow bridge a few hundred feet upstream the ford is in good shape, but it does require some wiggling through the trees to get to the snow bridge.
Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Report from Midas Gold (McKinsey Lyon) on Feb 7: “Stibnite received 24 inches in the last 24 hours.” FB report of slides on the road between YP and the mine. Photo below courtesy Midas.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′
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′