Road Reports July 15, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly any time of year. Some high elevation roads still have snow. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Highway 95: Closed

(photo courtesy Mustang Towing)
US 95 in both directions: Road closed.
July 10 ITD update:
Massive boulders came down last night at the U.S. Highway 95 slide south of Riggins (milepost 188). The slope above the route remains too unstable to allow for traffic or rock removal crews in the area.
“The highway will remain closed until we are able to evaluate this new development and determine the best option to safely stabilize the slope.” Operations Engineer Jared Hopkins said.
The department had already built a temporary gravel road to detour traffic around the base of the slide, but continued significant movement on the slope closed it on July 8.
“The extensive rock fall that occurred last night confirmed that we had made the right decision to completely close that portion of US-95 to traffic,” Hopkins said.
ITD (link)
Old Pollock Road will continue to serve as a detour around the slide during daytime hours – 6 am – 8 pm PDT (7 am – 9 pm MDT). The detour will remain closed at night in order for crews to perform maintenance operations on the roadway, which typically does not see this amount of traffic.
French Creek Road is not an official, nor a recommended detour for Highway 95.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are dry and dusty except where people paid for dust abatement. Deer, dogs and kids are wandering around. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN. Report that a dog was hit injured on Main street in June.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: No problems reported.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Closed 7am to 4pm daily with no closures on weekends.
The closure sites will change on a weekly basis, and will not always be adjacent to the last closure site. Refer to the current weekly newsletter or the project website to determine the closure point and access for each week. South Fork Road Project page (link)
Update July 13: This week’s road closure is at mile post 16. Access to Mile Post 16 Hot Springs is from the south/Warm Lake Road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Saturday (July 4) mail truck driver reports the road is getting rough in some spots.

Johnson Creek Road: Open.
Wednesday (July 15) mail truck driver (Robert) reports the county has graded from Warm Lake road to the Johnson creek airstrip.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Opened by the county June 24th. Last reported to be really rough on the McCall side. May have been graded on the McCall side since then?
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open and rough.
Summit was reported snow free on Sunday June 28.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Semi-open to the adventurous ATV riders. Travel at your own risk.
Report June 26: “Lots of rocks and trees. One little patch of snow 20 ft long. But otherwise Thunder Mountain is open for 4×4 vehicles … we cut over 30 trees. The other guy with me didn’t cut them full width for a car, just for his ATV. So any trees I didn’t cut will need to be trimmed to get full size vehicles through.” – SA

photo and report courtesy SA
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Cinnabar: Report received July 11: “UTV group made it into Cinnabar [via the upper road] about two days ago. Lots of snow drifts. Rough going. But they cut the trees out of the road.” -SA

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report July 13: “UTVs reported busting through snowdrifts and making it over the top of Elk Summit from the Big Creek side. Large drifts but passable for skilled drivers.” SA
Smith Creek Trees down from Avalanche

Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Warrens Wagon Road: Construction update: The road is CLOSED from 8am-Noon and 1pm-5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN with a PILOT CAR from Noon-1pm and after 5pm Monday-Friday. The road is OPEN without a pilot car on Saturday and Sunday.
Update June 4: be aware that the Long Gulch Culvert Installation Project along Warren Wagon Road from Chinook Campground to Steamboat Summit will begin on June 15 and end in mid-July. The project involves the installation of numerous cross drain culverts. Delays of under 1 hour can be expected. This area of Warren Wagon is between Secesh Meadows and Warren.

Deadwood Summit: Open, travel with caution.
Scott Mountain is also open.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′