Road Reports June 20, 2021

Note: On Tuesday, June 15th, the area experienced a wind storm. Watch for downed trees.

Please share road reports. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for rocks and trees in the road. There is still snow in higher elevations, but it melting fast (rivers are running below normal.) Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are dry and dusty. 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:
Smith’s Ferry Project: 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:
Donnelly to Deinhard Project: Next week construction will begin on Highway 55 between Donnelly and McCall. This is a much-needed project to repair potholes and cracks in the roadway and will include placing a new layer of pavement on the highway for smoother driving conditions.
What to expect:
* Idaho 55 will be reduced to one lane with pilot cars midweek (Monday – Thursday)
* All lanes will be open on weekends (Friday – Sunday)
* Roadway surface will be uneven for several weeks
* Speed limit will be reduced and 12-foot restrictions will be in place
* Construction is expected to be complete in September.

Warm Lake Highway: Open
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Watch for downed trees. No current report.
South Fork Salmon River salmon fishing opens on June 25. Check F&G regs.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
No current report.

Johnson Creek Road: Open
Report Wednesday (June 16) Mail truck driver reports trees had come down but had been cut out before he came in. Road has not been graded yet, it is rough.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam *check date on image*
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Open
Reported to be rough. Watch for downed trees, ATVs and UTVs.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Open, travel at your own risk. Watch for new trees down.
A report (June 14) that folks have been traveling over the summit this last weekend, the road is in bad shape.
Another report (June 14) the downed trees from winter have been cut out wide enough to accommodate trucks and trailers.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: Big Creek Webcam (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open
No current report.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Open, travel at your own risk. Watch for downed trees.
A 2nd hand report (June 14) that someone made it over to Thunder Mtn. last weekend in a full sized truck. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
A report (June 14) that the route still had snow, but it may be melting open soon. An earlier report that there were a lot of trees down during the winter snow.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Open per Valley County June 9th.
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road: Open
No current report.
Update from Payette NF May 27: “Secesh Summit to Burgdorf/Warren – Open. Warren Summit – Open to the South Fork Salmon River.”

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard