It is Rock Migration Season. Please share road reports. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads. Rock Migration season has started. 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: Local roads are baring up, shady side streets are snow packed. Can be muddy or slushy on warm afternoons. 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:
Update March 23
Starting Wednesday, March 24, Idaho Highway 55 will have daily openings to one lane of alternating traffic from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Travelers can expect at least 15 minutes delays during this time. Crews will be actively monitoring the rock outcropping and are prepared to close the road immediately if weather or hillside conditions change. ITD recommends travelers, especially large vehicles, RVs, and trucks pulling trailers, still use U.S. 95 as the alternate route. The current traffic restrictions are expected to last through early April as crews work to remove the remaining rock outcropping.
When construction resumes expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10am to 2pm.
Warm Lake Highway: Open
Wed (March 24) Mail truck driver reports the county grader had scraped the road over the summit so it is much smoother, icy on cold mornings.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′
South Fork Road: Open – Watch for rocks.
Report Wednesday (Mar 24) the upper end is rough, ruts and holes. Several bare stretches of road especially on the lower end, small rocks coming down into the road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge
EFSF Road: Open – Watch for rocks.
Report Wednesday (Mar 24) mail truck driver reports the rocks has been plowed off the road on Monday, just a few small rocks today.
Johnson Creek Road: Upper end closed to wheeled vehicles at Landmark.
Local report that the lower end of the road is getting better, more bare spots going to the dump.
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
Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Closed near MM7 (Tamarack Creek area) by Avalanche Feb 22nd.
The crew has a snowmobile trail over the slide to get to the site. They have asked that the public avoid the area as it is narrow and may be unstable.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′
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′
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard