Road Reports Apr 18, 2021

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 streets are bare, there are a few icy patches lingering in the shady places. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, wandering dogs, deer, elk, moose, fox, squirrels and chipmunks.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Starting April 2, at 8am the original spring construction schedule for the ID-55 Smiths Ferry project will resume. From April 2 through mid-May, the road will be closed Monday through Thursday from 10am to 2pm, and open to one lane of alternating traffic with a 15-minute delay outside of the closure hours.
Project link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Wed (April 14) Mail truck driver reports the highway is bare, there is still one icy corner on the west side of the summit.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Watch for FS fire traffic doing Rx Burns.
March 31: Spring weight limits in effect
“Forest Service officials on the Payette and Boise National Forests implemented the annual seasonal break up limits/road weight restrictions on portions of the South Fork Salmon River Road (National Forest System Road #674 and #474) effective today, March 31, 2021. The restriction is in effect annually through June 1, or as Forest Service officers determine that no further damage will occur to the roadway and remove the signing.”
Report Wednesday (April 14) Mail truck driver said the upper end of the road still has a few icy patches. The lower end is bare. The FS has brought in a backhoe and dump truck in preparation to clean the ditches. There were no trees down or rocks in the road this morning.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open – Watch for rocks.
Report Wed (April 14) mail truck driver reports the the road is snow free. A few rocks in the road this morning, no trees down.

Johnson Creek Road: Upper end closed to wheeled vehicles at Landmark.
The lower end of the road is more than likely in good shape out to the dump. No current report.
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.
Trail report and video April 10th from C&L: “Yesterday [April 9] we came into BC with a smooth trail and had sunshine all the way. We were so lucky that [people] had gone in a couple of days before us & cleared a HUGH number of large down trees, and we only widened one down tree going in. Our trip from YP to BC was a short one (2 1/2 hr). It will be a big job for anyone to take a full sized vehicle up the Profile Creek Road once the snow is gone because of the downed trees – most were cut wide enough for an ATV, and some big ones were not cut at all. … [A] little video of the trail from Profile Gap to Belvadere Creek -see following link:”
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Update April 14: “The avalanches have been cleared from the Stibnite road and the road is open. The surface of the road was mostly undamaged by the slides. Like every spring there are rocks coming down daily with the freeze and thaw cycles, and the road is still icy in the shaded spots.”
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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Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard