Road Reports Jan 31, 2021

Note: Between Wednesday and Saturday Yellow Pine received 13.5″ of new snow, as of Sunday morning we have 20″ snow on the ground. A traveler reports 4.5 hour drive from Cascade to YP Friday morning.

Please share road reports. Conditions change quickly this time of year. Be prepared for rocks and trees in the road, icy conditions and deep snow in higher elevation. Remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Main streets and out to the dump was plowed Thursday and again Saturday.
Local streets are snow covered. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
“Drivers don’t speed through neighborhoods or most anywhere. Locals brake for kids, wandering dogs, deer, elk, moose, fox, beaver, squirrels and chipmunks. Most are lifetime members of SPLAT, the Society to Prevent Little Animal Tragedies.” – IME
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
No Winter construction – All lanes open

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Thurs (Jan 28) report that the road is getting narrow due to deep snow.
Fri (Jan 29) report: “Friday eleven o’clock a.m. about four inches of snow had fallen on Warm Lake road after the plow passed earlier, making it very difficult to see the edges of the road. A “convoy” of six trucks, some with trailers, passed me when I pulled over and I was happy to have them leave tracks for me to follow.”
Snowmobile report Tues (Jan 26 before the snow storm): Warm Lake Road from Landmark to Warm Lake – Trail was last groomed on 1/20, but still in pretty good shape. It has some moguls, but still a nice ride.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Thurs (Jan 28) report of 12-16″ of snow on the upper South Fork road. Will be plowed Friday.
Fri (Jan 29) report the road was being plowed. “It was nice to meet the Yellow Pine-based snowplow right at the South Fork intersection. If he hadn’t plowed to Penny Springs I doubt I could have gotten the through the foot of wet snow.”
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Fri (Jan 29) a report there is more new snow in YP than at the Eiguren ranch.

Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Thurs (Jan 28) plow headed out today from this end.
Sat (Jan 30) local plow headed out again this morning.
Snowmobile report Tues (Jan 26 before the snow storm): Johnson Creek Road from YP to Wapiti Ranch – Plowed with plenty of surface snow so snowmobile travel was fast & smooth.
Johnson Creek Road from Wapiti Ranch to about 1/2 the distance to Landmark (where the big open play area is) – Trail is fast and has been well traveled. All trees have been cleared for snowmobiles.
Johnson Creek Road from big play area to Lanmark – Trail is very rough & travel is slow. All trees have been cleared for snowmobiles. We will avoid this section of trail until it is groomed. We have no reports of travel over the powerline road, but that might be an alternate to this trail. We have not used the Powerline route from Warm Lake to Johnson Creek Road for a couple of years. This may be the time to check it out. – C&L
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.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Snowmobile report Tues (Jan 26 before the snow storm): Big Creek to the mouth of Profile Creek (intersection with the EFSF) – Trail is in great shape. All trees have been cut out for Tracked ATV. No slides & trail is very smooth. – C&L
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.
Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Snowmobile report Tues (Jan 26 before the snow storm): EFSF Road from the mouth of Profile Creek to YP – Plowed smooth with just enough snow to allow snowmobiles to travel without excessive heating.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

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