Road Reports June 22, 2022

Please share road reports. Most back country roads are not maintained. This time of year there is still deep snow in some higher elevations, especially north facing area. 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: Local streets are dry and getting dusty with increased traffic. 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
Update from ITD May 19, 2022
Construction closures will end May 27 on Idaho 55 near Smiths Ferry.
One-way alternating traffic is set to replace closures from 10 a.m. to noon on Mondays through Fridays.
Both lanes will be open Friday mornings through Sundays.
To learn more about the spring construction schedule, visit link:

Warm Lake Highway: Open
Report Wednesday (June 22) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

South Fork Road: Open
Note: South Fork salmon seasons opens June 18th. Watch for increased traffic and pedestrians.
Old report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.
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
Old report Wednesday (June 15) mail truck driver reports the road is clear and good.

Johnson Creek Road: Opened June 18th
Report Wednesday (June 22) Mail truck driver says the upper end is a little rough, county grader is working today.
Report Saturday (June 18) road is open, upper Johnson Creek is rough going.
Report Saturday (June 18) “From YP to Donnelly via the Johnson Creek Road travel was typical summer conditions with lots of vehicles.” – C&L
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
Lick Creek should be open by July 4th weekend per the county.
Report Saturday (June 18) “it is definitely not passable.” JB

Lick creek [road] today below Duck Lake campground. – JB
Report late Saturday (June 18) A group has beat their way over the top, lots of snow, not recommended for small vehicles, travel at your own risk.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled travel (likely open by the 4th of July.)
Report Saturday (June 18) “From Edwardsburg to Big Creek Culvert the road is snow free, but lots of trees down that were not cut wide enough to allow passage of larger vehicles/trailers. From the Big Creek Culvert to the intersection with Red Metal Mine road the road is mostly snow bound. From the Red Metal Mine Road to the EFSF road and on to Yellow Pine the roads are travelable by full sized vehicles with trailers. The section from the Big Creek Culvert to the Red Metal Mine intersection is of particular interest to some. This section is snow bound, but not uniformly. There are patches of bare road, and patches of deep snow. There are no major issues with the road other than the snow. So.. The obvious factor controlling when this section will be open to normal highway vehicles is the weather. We did video this section of road, and the link to the video is: (here)” – C&L
Report “Road report for Profile Gap from Monday June 13th. Walked over the top from BC to Yellow Pine. Solid snow floor from the Big Creek culvert on the BC side to just above the switch back on the Yellow Pine side. About 4 feet on top.” – Darren Vaughn

photo courtesy Darren Vaughn
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: Open
Report from Perpetua (May 25) “The Valley County Road department instructed us to take down the gate on the Stibnite Road above Profile Creek on May 18th.
“We have road grading of the Stibnite Road scheduled to begin on June 6th, the grading should take about two weeks.”
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled travel
Report Saturday (June 18) from motorcycle riders seeing how far they could get towards Monumental summit: “We made it to the turn at upper Fern Creek towards Cinnabar. Which is about a mile before the turn for Meadow Creek Lookout. It was solid snow floor from that point on.” – SA

courtesy SA
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: Open
Note from Valley County June 22 “Deadwood Summit Open.”
Note: The approx. elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Warren Wagon Road:
Report June 6: “the road to Burgdorf, Secesh Meadows and Warren is open! Beyond Warren is still closed, but crews are working to open that this week as well.”

Valley County Road Maintenance Dashboard Link: