Road Reports Apr 17, 2022

Winter weather for the last week in the back country. It is Rock Migration Season. Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is deep snow in higher elevations. Conditions can change quickly, be prepared for snow, ice, rocks and/or trees in the road. Remember there is no cell phone service. Please turn on your lights when traveling our narrow mountain roads, you are not the only vehicle on the one lane road.

Yellow Pine: Since Sunday (Apr 10) we have received 14 3/4″ of new snow. Today (Apr 17) we have 5″ snow on the ground. Local streets are snow covered. Main street was plowed Tuesday (Apr 12.) 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 Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to YP North webcam
Link: to YP West webcam

Highway 55 Open
Hwy 55 Construction Announcement from ITD 4/5/22
Full road closures on ID-55 near Smiths Ferry will begin on April 11, 2022. Drivers can expect closures Mon.-Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outside of those hours, the road will be open to one-way alt traffic.
Drivers should plan ahead to avoid delays and use U.S. 95 as an alternate route when possible. link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Note: more snow and strong winds since last report.
Report Wednesday (April 13) mail truck driver said Warm Lake highway had been plowed.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Note: more snow and strong winds since last report.
Report Wednesday (April 13) road not plowed and fairly deep snow up high.
Note: starting March 15th the road maintenance goes back to the FS from the county. Contact PNF Ben Drier 208-634-0770 cell 208-315-7584 or Will Perry 208-634-0767 cell 208-630-3954 for issues with the SF road.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Open
Note: more snow and strong winds since last report.
Report Wednesday (April 13) road not plowed but not bad.

Upper Johnson Creek Road (Trail): Closed to wheeled vehicles.
No current report.
Lower Johnson Creek Road: Open
No current report.
Link: to Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: to Johnson Creek North Webcam (check date on image.)
Link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel
Note: more snow and strong winds since last report.
Old report Sunday (March 27) “Today we came out of BC & in one mile stretch of road the conditions had changed a lot in 2 days. This portion of the trail is close to where Belvedere Creek enters Big Creek. The warming temps have released a lot of water running down the inside road drainage ditch. This creates a deep trench that runs parallel to the road until it hits a low spot & then crosses the road. These cross road trenches are difficult to cross & if this warm weather continues the situation will continue until the snow on the road has melted down a bunch. We spent a lot of time today getting through just a few of these trenches. Assuming the warm weather continues it will likely get worse for a while, but ultimately the snow depth will get low enough to eliminate the problem. In the meantime travelers should have shovels, chain saws (to cut through the ice) , winches or come-a-longs with lots of wire rope. Outstanding snowmobilers can probably boondock around this stretch, but because of the steep ground (sidehill) & dense trees that isn’t a viable option on tracked ATVs.” – C&L
Old report Friday (March 25): “Profile Creek Road – EFSF to Profile Gap. There is a solid snow floor all the way that is packed down & shows a lot of travel – Based on the tracks left on the ground it indicates skiers traveling on tracked machines. All tracks ended at Profile Gap where skiers left the gap in all directions & the tracked machines turned around. There have been a few small snow slides in the first few miles, but everybody just goes over them.
“Profile Gap to BC – No recent travel on this section, 6-8 inches of fresh powder. Profile Gap to Big Creek Culvert was almost too easy. No sidehilling or snow slides. From BC Culvert to Edwardsburg there is a solid snow pack, but you do have to cross some spots where running water has made deep cuts (2-3 feet) in the snow on the road. This did liven up the ride a little bit. It is situations like this where you are glad to have winches on your machines – we didn’t use them today.” – C&L
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams (check date on images)
Link: to Big Creek Webcam North
Link: to Big Creek Webcam South

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Closed to full sized vehicles at the junction with Profile Creek.
Note: more snow and strong winds since last report.
Report Wednesday (April 6): from Perpetua “As Spring has arrived, snow and ice on the Stibnite road are beginning to melt, leaving some sections of the road bare and others still covered in snow. The road is soft in places so Perpetua Resources crews are minimizing traffic and utilizing UTV’s when possible to prevent erosion. Warmer temperatures in the afternoons bring rocks down daily so caution for all travelers is advised. Perpetua Resources crews are vigilant and exercising extra caution to watch out for falling rocks and remove fallen rocks in order to maintain access to Stibnite.
“We also received notice from the County that due to spring melt conditions there will be temporary travel restrictions on Stibnite Road starting week of March 21st. These restrictions are both to keep the road from further damage, reduce erosion and to keep the public safe.” – Sam
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled travel
No current report.
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link:
Valley County Road & Bridge Announcements
Road Break-Up Limits in Effect Until further notice, break-up limits are now in effect:
* 7 tons per axle,
* 80,000 lbs maximum