Road Reports Dec 5, 2021

Note: Hwy 55 is closed, see below for link to updates.

Please share road reports. Rock Migration Season has begun. Most back country roads were NOT graded this season and are rough. This time of year there is snow in higher elevations. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your vehicle lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Local streets are damp and drying out. 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)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Hwy 55 closed until at least Dec 6th

Visit (link) for updates (last update Nov 28th.)
Smith’s Ferry Project: Once the road is cleared, drivers can expect full road closures Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After 2 p.m., the road will be open to one-way alternating traffic. Please note: the delays may be significant immediately after the road reopens due to large traffic volumes. Once this traffic clears, drivers can expect 15-minute delays. We encourage drivers to plan ahead and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route.
Project link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Most of the snow has probably melted since the last report.
Report Friday (Nov 26) highway is snow covered (and ice over the summit) from Scott Valley all the way to the South Fork.
On Sunday (Dec 5) the SNOTEL site shows 8″ of snow.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Most of the snow has probably melted since the last report.
Report Monday (Nov 29) less snow, a new tree had come down and cut out, small rocks to dodge.
Report Friday (Nov 26) snowy road from the top down to 4 Mile, then patchy snow. Lots of small rocks to dodge.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open Likely snow free.
Report Monday (Nov 29) still dodging small rocks and potholes.
Report Friday (Nov 26) snow cover on entire road, lots of rocks (and potholes) to dodge.

Johnson Creek Road: Open?
We have had 5 days of dry and above normal temperatures, likely there is less snow than the last report.
Report Wednesday (December 1) Mail truck driver came in via Johnson Creek today. Less snow up high but the ruts from previous travelers had iced up. Rocks on the road but didn’t have to move any.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed? – Probably a lot of snow has melted since last report. Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Report Sunday (Nov 21) “Came over Lick Creek Road from Boise via hwy 95. There is solid snowpack from little Payette Lake down past Hum Creek. Several trees had been blown down and are partially buried by snow. Plus loose, larger rocks under the snow. Drifts exceed 10 inches with about 8 inches on top. Snow is loose with ice underneath and narrow ruts. Very little traffic has come over the summit in recent days and the road is no longer recommended for general passenger vehicles. A Subaru (that shall remain nameless) got stuck but was able to get going again after putting chains on.” – SA
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed? Travel not advised unless well prepared.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open – Likely snow up high.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed? Travel at your own risk – likely deep snow up high.
The SNOTEL station showed 22″ snow Sunday morning, Dec 5th.
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

New Link
Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard
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