Category Archives: Road Reports

Road Reports Jan 19, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: We have 18 1/2″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine this Sunday morning. Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Jan 15) mail truck driver (Robert) says the highway was plowed on Tuesday so it wasn’t too bad on Wednesday.
Report Monday (Jan 13) around 2 feet of snow up high, mail truck driver said it was an 11 hour day.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (63″ snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Friday (Jan 17) report of 6-10″ new snow on upper South Fork (between Warm Lake and the Hot Springs), another report of a couple trees down and cut out. Local plow went out Friday afternoon.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Road plowed Friday Jan 17.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow Thursday (Jan 16.)
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.”
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]

photo courtesy Chris & Lowis Schwarzhoff
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.”
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (82″ snow)
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Road Reports Jan 15, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: We have 20″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine as of Wednesday morning. Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Jan 15) mail truck driver (Robert) says the highway was plowed on Tuesday so it wasn’t too bad today.
Report Monday (Jan 13) around 2 feet of snow up high, mail truck driver said it was an 11 hour day.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (66″ snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Jan 15) mail truck driver reported the South Fork had been plowed on Tuesday.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Wednesday (Jan 15): road plowed Tuesday.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Report Sunday (Jan 12): Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow and also plowed out the dump.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.”
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]

photo courtesy Chris & Lowis Schwarzhoff
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.”
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (89″ snow)
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Road Reports Jan 12, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: We have 16″ of snow on the ground in Yellow Pine as of Sunday morning. Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): Cascade to Warm Lake – Smooth snow floor, beautiful ride.
Wednesday (Jan 8) mail truck driver (Robert) said no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (58″ of snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Local plow went out Friday and Saturday due to the storm. Report Jan 11th the first 10 miles coming in from Warm Lake is the deepest snow.
Report from Warm Lake Lodge Jan 11 of 14″ new snow!
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Warm Lake to Poverty Overlook – Plowed but fairly deep snow left on road center: kinda tough going if pulling a trailer like we were. Was wishing we had tire chains on in a couple of places.
Poverty Overlook to Poverty Flat Campground – plowed and well compacted snow floor that was easy going.
Poverty Flat Campground to East Fork Road – snow floor with asphalt often showing through in the ruts with short sections of bare roads.”
Wednesday (Jan 8) local plow went out early this morning met the inbound mail truck at Warm Lake. Said there was about 6″ of snow snow on the upper end.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Report Jan 11: Plowed both Friday and Saturday due to the storm.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “East fork Road from South Fork to mouth of Profile Creek. Plowed road that is Hard packed snow but sometimes a little slippery.”
Wednesday (Jan 8) Local plow went out early morning and cleared the snow and rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Report Sunday (Jan 12): Local plow went out as far as Wapiti Meadow and also plowed out the dump.
Report Wednesday (Jan 1): road plowed from YP out to Wapiti Meadow, also plowed the dump.
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “Profile/Big Creek Road – Not suitable for wheeled traffic. There has been enough over snow traffic that the route is easy going for snowmobiles so long as you stay in compacted porting of the road.”
There is about a foot of snow in Big Creek. Lots of moose tracks. Off trail snowmobiling is kinda tough because there has not been much thermo cycling of the snow. There is about 4 to 5 feet of snow at Profile Gap, but off trail riding at that elevation or above involves a lot of snow over the windshield. I followed Steve through a meadow near Profile Gap & could barely see out of the trench we were making. Attached is a photo taken at Profile gap this morning. [Jan 8, 2020]
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photo courtesy Chris & Lowis Schwarzhoff
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcams: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′ (currently offline)

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Report Jan 8, 2020 (C&L): “There is no evidence of travel up Smith Creek & up to Elk Summit. We would recommend only the most adventurous take on those routes until after the snow sets up.”
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (74″ snow)
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Road Reports Jan 8, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. We have 10″ snow on the ground as of Jan 8. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Jan 8) mail truck driver (Robert) said no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (44″ of snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Jan 8) local plow went out early this morning met the inbound mail truck at Warm Lake. Robert said there was about 6″ of snow snow on the upper end.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Wednesday (Jan 8) Local plow went out early this morning and cleared the snow and rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) road plowed from YP out to Wapiti Meadow, also plowed the dump. (No current report)
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
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: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (53″ snow)
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Road Reports Jan 5, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a snow floor, some have been plowed, others packed by light traffic. We have 11″ snow on the ground as of Jan 5. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Thursday (Jan 2) mail truck driver (Robert) said the highway had been plowed.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′ (40″ of snow)

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) local plow went out just after the storm all the way to Warm Lake Highway.
Thursday (Jan 2) mail truck said no problems.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) Local plow went out and cleared the snow and rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) road plowed from YP out to Wapiti Meadow, also plowed the dump. (No current report)
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
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: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′ (47″ of snow)
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Road Reports Jan 2, 2020

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have about 6″ of snow. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Thursday (Jan 2) mail truck driver (Robert) said the highway had been plowed.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) local plow went out just after the storm all the way to Warm Lake Highway.
Thursday (Jan 2) mail truck said no problems.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) Local plow went out and cleared the snow and rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Wednesday (Jan 1) road plowed from YP out to Wapiti Meadow, also plowed the dump. (No current report)
Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles.
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 (no current report.)
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Open.
Dec 31 report from Midas Gold: Stibnite road is and will be plowed between YP and Stibnite. Please be aware of equipment on the road and take it slow.
link: Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
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: Closed to wheeled vehicles (no current report.)
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Road Reports Dec 29, 2019

Please share road reports. Conditions change very quickly this time of year. High elevation roads may have several inches of snow. Be prepared for snow/ice, rocks and trees in the road and remember there is no cell phone service.

Yellow Pine: Local streets have a snow floor, a little icy in the shade. Please respect residents and wildlife and SLOW DOWN.
link: Local Forecast
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reported no problems.
link: SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:

South Fork Road: No current report.
Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the South Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.
Friday (Dec 20) local plow truck went out as far as Warm Lake, reports the road is good from this end until Caton Creek then icy and really slick by Reed Ranch. Warm and water running, will be really icy when it freezes up.
Wednesday (Dec 18) mail truck driver (Elaine) reports the road is good, a small amount of snow, patchy snow floor and ice in the shade.
link: Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
link: South Fork Stream Gauge

EFSF Road: No current report.
Monday (Dec 23) KA reports the East Fork extremely slick with water over ice and many rocks down.

Johnson Creek Road: (No current report) Landmark and upper Johnson Creek closed to wheeled vehicles, Warm Lake summit not plowed. Lower Johnson Creek: the snow has improved the drive to the dump, filling in the worst pot holes.
link: Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam
link: Johnson Creek Stream Gauge
Note: The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles. No current report.
Old Report from December 14-15, 2019
L&I spent last weekend in Big Creek. We drove to YP & took the tracked ATVs from there to Big Creek. Driving to YP from Cascade all the roads were snow packed (including the East Fork Road). If we had prior knowledge of the road status from Wapita to the mouth of Profile Creek we would have ridden snowmobiles from Warm Lake to Big Creek. However the section from Wapita to Profile Creek has just the minimum amount of snow & could easily become unusable for snowmobiles.
There is the alternative of avoiding the Wapita to Profile section by using the old Thunder Mountain Road (takes off about 1 mile south of Wapita) to Stibnite & then down to the Profile Road via the East Fork Road from Stibnite. Currently that could be a challenging ride because it includes several miles of high elevation (above 8000 feet) riding. As a comparison, on Sunday L&I attempted to go from Big Creek to Elk Summit & as we approached the 8000′ elevation we encountered 5-6 feet of dry powder (bottomless) that could be a challenge – it certainly stopped L&I on our tracked ATVs. Profile gap (~7700′) was no problem because all the recent traffic had set up a pretty good base.
For some info on conditions in the back country this last weekend the following is a linkto a short video:
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

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

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Monumental Summit is 8590 feet.

Big Creek to Elk Summit to Warrens Road: Most likely closed. No current report.
Note: The elevation at Elk Summit is nearly 9000 feet.

Deadwood Summit: Probably closed. No current report.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
link: SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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