Road Reports May 23, 2021

Please share road reports. Rock Migration season in progress. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. There is still quite a bit of snow in higher elevations. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are clear. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
Drivers, please don’t speed through neighborhoods. Locals brake for kids, dogs, horses, deer, elk and squirrels.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Starting May 17, road closures will be reduced to a two-hour window: Monday – Thursday from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Opening times may change due to unforeseen circumstances (equipment, weather and daily blasting results) however we will make sure you are in the loop should this happen. This schedule will continue until May 27. Over Memorial Day Weekend, the road will be open to two lanes to allow for smooth travel over the holiday weekend.
Starting June 1, crews will transition into their summer construction schedule. Drivers can anticipate single-lane, alternating traffic controlled by flaggers Monday – early Friday morning. From Friday morning – Sunday, and any major holidays, the road will be open to two lanes. This schedule will be in place until September.
Project link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Fri (May 21) Report the road is clear from the SF turn off to Cascade.
Report Wed (May 19) Mail truck driver reports the highway is bare.
(Note: see report under upper Johnson Creek for Avalanche info.)
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open – Spring weight limits in effect. Watch for baby geese in the road.
Report Fri (May 21) Road is clear
Report Wed evening (May 21) looked like a large tree had come down and had been cleared.
Report Wed  morning (May 19) Mail truck driver reported the road was clear.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open – Watch for rocks.
Report Fri (May 21) “There’s one sizeable rock on the EF, between YP and Caton creek, but it’s not a problem.”
Report Wed (May 19) mail truck driver (Robert) says the EF road is getting rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Upper end closed to wheeled vehicles at Landmark. Will not open any time soon.
Report May 10: (Chris Jones, Cascade) “Avalanche up Warm Lake Road 5 miles past the North Shore Lodge turnoff. Just past the “waterfall” corner, blocking upper and lower portions of the next switchback. Valley County has been notified, says they will work on that situation when they start plowing the area. You can definitely get to Warm Lake, but the next summit is out of the question!”
link to photos on FB:
Report May 4: The lower end of Johnson Creek road is in good shape out 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

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
Update from PR 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′

Warren Wagon Road:
Update from Valley County May 18: “Warren Wagon Road to Secesh is now OPEN! The Valley County Road Department will begin plowing today toward Secesh and Warren. We anticipate getting past Warren and down to the South Fork by the end of this week assuming all goes according to plan.”

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard