Road Reports May 26, 2021

Note: Johnson Creek route opened May 25th (see below for more info.) We have had wet weather and quite breezy conditions at times, trees and rocks may come down.

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, puddles in the pot holes. 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 Wed (May 26) Mail truck driver says the road has been cleared.
Report Tues (May 25) Valley County has cleared the avalanche and it is open to Landmark.
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. No obstructions to travel.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open – Watch for rocks.
Report Tues (May 25) crew headed out from this end to move the rock off the road.
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 says the EF road is getting rough.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report May 26: Mail truck came in via Johnson Creek. The road has not been bladed, a few rocks and some tree debris but no obstruction to travel.
Report May 25: as per Valley County Road department Johnson Creek road is open. The avalanche debris on upper Warm Lake road was removed by the county May 24-25th.
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.
Report May 13: “There was about 5′ of snow at Profile and solid snow floor for a mile north of the pass with a little less of solid snow floor on the south side of Profile. There was several miles of broken snow floor below the solid snow on both sides. There are a lot of trees down across the road that were cut out by snowmobilers & ATVers, and will require more work to allow full sized vehicles to pass through. There is one very large spruce (close to mouth of Profile Creek) that snowmobiles & ATVs have been going around, but full sized vehicles may find that a challenge – even with 4×4 and a winch. It will take a large chainsaw to cut through this tree. The following link shows conditions for the half mile north of Profile Gap.” – C&L
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: Still closed to wheeled vehicles per Valley County May 26th.
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