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Road Reports April 17, 2019

Note: as of this morning Hwy 55 is still closed, but expected to be open this afternoon.

Rain on snow is bringing down the snow pack, sometimes into the roads and rivers. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: We have received a little rain in the last 3 days. Local streets are bare.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Wednesday (Apr 17) mail truck driver (Dean) reports the highway is clear.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Big slide closed Hwy 55 Tuesday (Apr 16) morning between Smith’s Ferry and Banks. They hope to get the road open this evening (Apr 17.)

South Fork Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Wed (Apr 17) mail truck driver reports the road is clear this morning.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 17) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch. Big berm at the end of the plowing.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Road is still closed.
Stibnite Road Update From Midas April 16, 2019
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On Monday, April 8 an overnight avalanche and subsequent disturbance along Stibnite Road (Forest Highway 48 – FS Road #50412) between the Village of Yellow Pine and the historical Stibnite mining district caused extensive damage and forced the closure of the road.
The main slide, which is estimated at 100 feet high, pushed snow, timber, and debris across the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, and Stibnite Road. Over a half-mile stretch of road is impassable.
Some sections have been washed away near Tamarack Creek, while other sections of the road are piled high with debris. At the time of the slide, Midas Gold had two team members on site at Stibnite and additional staff in Yellow Pine. Since then, our team established a safe path to traverse around the slide on foot and maintain access to the site.
We are working closely with state and federal officials to assess the situation, stabilize the area and determine the appropriate steps to take to repair the river and road once conditions are safe. Valley County, which has maintenance jurisdiction over the road, issued a local emergency declaration and will lead the work once final approval is received from coordinating agencies.
We anticipate the first phase of work to stabilize the area will begin soon.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′
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Road Reports April 14, 2019

Rain on snow is bringing down the snow pack, sometimes into the roads and rivers. Roads were blocked on and off Sunday night thru Tuesday. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: We have received almost 2 1/2″ of rain in this last week. Local streets are mostly bare. Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: The snotel site indicated new snow on Big Creek summit this morning. Last report Wednesday (Apr 10) “icy on the west side.”
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
Watch for potholes.

South Fork Road: Report Wed (Apr 10) the SF is mostly bare, mail truck driver had to stop 3 times on the way in to move large rocks out of the road. Watch for fresh rockfall and trees in the road.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Last report the local plow went out and cleaned the “bowling alley” April 9th. Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 10) that the EFSF road is mostly bare, a little snow on this end. No rocks to move. The log jam near the Eiguren Ranch has broken up and moved down river.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reported on Wed (Apr 10) the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Road may be still closed. Report on Tuesday (Apr 9) “An overnight slide is currently blocking a section of Stibnite Road and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. Right now, a half mile stretch of the road is blocked near Tamarack Creek and, in places, the river is running up onto the road. Our team is developing a plan to safely clear the slide and we will start work as soon as possible. We are closely coordinating all of our efforts with our state and federal partners.” Midas Gold

Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory Last report for the season.
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Road Reports Apr 10, 2019

Rain on snow is bringing down the snow pack, sometimes into the roads and rivers. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change VERY quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: We have received over 2″ of rain in the last 3 days and snowed last night. Local streets are mostly bare, slushy in the shady spots.
Click for Local Forecast. (Snow and rain)
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: There was a couple inches of fresh snow on Big Creek summit this morning, reported to be “icy on the west side.”
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
A report on Monday that the road was down to one lane about a mile north of Rainbow Bridge due to slides. Probably cleared by now.

South Fork Road: Report Wed (Apr 10) the SF is mostly bare, mail truck driver had to stop 3 times on the way in to move large rocks out of the road. Watch for fresh rockfall.
Note: The maintenance by Valley County has ended for the season and turned back to the USFS.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′
South Fork Stream Gauge:

EFSF Road: Local plow went out and cleaned the “bowling alley” April 9th. Mail truck driver reports (Wed Apr 10) that the EFSF road is mostly bare, a little snow on this end. No rocks to move. The log jam near the bowling alley has broken up and moved down river.
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photo by Chris Eaton

Lower Johnson Creek Road: Mail truck driver reports the road is bare out to Wapiti Meadow Ranch.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:
Johnson Creek Stream Gauge:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Road is closed. “An overnight slide is currently blocking a section of Stibnite Road and the East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River. Right now, a half mile stretch of the road is blocked near Tamarack Creek and, in places, the river is running up onto the road. Our team is developing a plan to safely clear the slide and we will start work as soon as possible. We are closely coordinating all of our efforts with our state and federal partners.” Midas Gold
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Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
link:
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Road Report April 8, 2019

Evening Update: Valley County Crew worked the Poverty slide and the mail truck was able to make it out. However, it is still raining, mud, rocks and trees are still coming down. TRAVEL AT YOUR OWN RISK – and carry a chain saw.

Another update this evening from the Valley County Sheriff’s office:
Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is currently working on Highway 55 between mile markers 101-102 due to mudslides and water over the road. This area is one mile north of Rainbow Bridge. Expect delays as they have closed it to one lane with flaggers, alternating directions. This is expected to go through the night. ITD will update us as soon as they can with further information.

Afternoon update 4/8: A new slide on the South Fork has blocked the road in the Poverty Flats area, crews have been notified.

It is rock migration season. In 24 hours ending 4/8 10am, Yellow Pine received 1.18″ of rain. Receiving reports of rocks and slides on the South Fork and East Fork roads. Crews from both Cascade and Yellow Pine are working on the mess this morning. Sounds like there is a big rock at MM13 blocking the South Fork. Here is a photo taken this morning on the EFSF road upstream from Caton Creek. Bowling Alley has rocks down too.

Noon Update: both roads have been cleared, but rocks are still coming down.

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photo courtesy John B.

Watch for fresh rock fall, it has been suggested that folks call before traveling to arrange a “rescue” in case the road gets plugged again.
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Road Reports April 7, 2019

It is still trying to be Spring in the back country, but there is still a lot of snow in the high country. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Some roads still have ice and snow. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change quickly this time of year. Please share road reports and take photos of rocks and slides so they can be passed along to the plow operator.

Yellow Pine: Warm weather and over half inch of rain in the last few days has melted quite a bit of snow. Several local streets are down to bare ground, with slushy patches in the shade. An average of 4″ old snow/ice on the ground today (Sunday).
Click for Local Forecast. 100% chance of rain in the next 48 hours.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Looks like Big Creek summit received a few inches of new snow in the last 24 hours. Old report Wed (Mar 27) Warm Lake Hwy is pretty much bare in the lower parts, the hills have ice in the shady spots.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
A warning from ITD about pot holes in the canyon between Smith’s Ferry and Banks. The road is falling apart! Advised to use Hwy 95.

South Fork Road: Report Wed (Apr 3) mail truck driver (Dean) said most of the road is down to pavement now, a few icy patches near the top in the shady places. The Tea Pot weather station recorded half inch of rain in the last 24 hours (4/7) watch for falling rocks and trees.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report Wed (Apr 3) mail truck driver said this end of the EFSF is snow/slush covered. Did not report any rocks. Made good time, only had to put it in 4×4 when he got close to Yellow Pine. 4/7 We have had over half an inch of rain the last few days, watch for fresh rocks.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No recent reports. Last report Saturday (March 16) a few bare spots, starting to break up, road is pretty good.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open. Spring break up is coming, so the road may be gated to full sized rigs.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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. Deadwood Lodge is reporting a couple inches of new snow, and the summit received 6-8″ new snow.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
link:
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Road Reports April 3, 2019

It is trying to be Spring in the back country, but there is still a lot of snow in the high country. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route. It is still travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Some roads still have ice and snow. Trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change quickly this time of year. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: Warm weather and a little rain in the last few days has melted quite a bit of snow. Several local streets are down to bare ground, with slushy patches in the shade. An average of 8″ old snow on the ground Wednesday morning.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Old report Wed (Mar 27) Warm Lake Hwy is pretty much bare in the lower parts, the hills have ice in the shady spots.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
A warning from ITD about pot holes in the canyon between Smith’s Ferry and Banks. The road is falling apart! Advised to use Hwy 95.

South Fork Road: Report Wed (Apr 3) mail truck driver (Dean) said most of the road is down to pavement now, a few icy patches near the top in the shady places.
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report Wed (Apr 3) mail truck driver said this end of the EFSF is snow/slush covered. Did not report any rocks. Made good time, only had to put it in 4×4 when he got close to Yellow Pine.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No recent reports. Last report Saturday (March 16) a few bare spots, starting to break up, road is pretty good. Probably more open ground by now.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open. Spring break up is coming, so the road may be gated to full sized rigs.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
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Valley County Grooming Reports
link:

Snowmobile Trail Map – Warm Lake & Johnson Creek areas
link:
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Road Report March 31, 2019

It may be Spring in the valley (and on the calendar), but its still winter in the Back Country. The only way to get to Yellow Pine is via the South Fork route, advised to carry chains. Be aware of winter conditions there is a LOT of snow in the back country, travel at your own risk and remember there is no cell phone service. Roads are likely ice and snow covered, trees and/or rocks may be down in the road. Higher elevation roads are closed. Conditions change quickly this time of year. Please share road reports.

Yellow Pine: We had some rain mid-week, down to 12″ old snow on the flat. Local streets are starting to break up, patches of dirt in the sunny places, snow packed and icy in the shade. Local snow plow has been scraping slush off the roads recently.
Click for Local Forecast.
Yellow Pine Webcam: (check date on image)

Warm Lake Highway: Report Wed (Mar 27) Warm Lake Hwy is pretty much bare in the lower parts, the hills have ice in the shady spots.
SNOTEL Big Creek Summit 6580′

Highway 55 Webcams Link:
A warning from ITD about pot holes in the canyon between Smith’s Ferry and Banks. The road is falling apart! Advised to use Hwy 95.

South Fork Road: Got a report of a big slide south of Krassel at MM 26 Wednesday or Thursday. Local plow went out and cleaned up the slide. Report from Wednesday (March 27) mail truck driver (Robert) says the lower parts are pretty much bare pavement – watch for pot holes – until you get up to around Reed Ranch, then it is rough, icy and rutted.
Note: The SF is the best it can be with what equipment we have available. It is posted on top of SF to put chains on when snow covered and as a reminder you travel the back country roads at your own risk. – CD
Tea Pot Weather Station 5175′

EFSF Road: Report the local plow went out and knocked rocks off the road Thursday or Friday. Watch for more rocks coming down with the freeze thaw cycle.

Lower Johnson Creek Road: No recent reports. Last report Saturday (March 16) a few bare spots, starting to break up, road is pretty good.
Note to drivers – when traveling to the dump, please use the river side of the road for wheeled vehicles so the hill side can be for snowmobilers. Turnouts will be plowed.
Johnson Creek Airstrip Webcam:

Upper Johnson Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
The elevation at Landmark is 6,630 feet

Lick Creek: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Lick Creek Summit is 6,877 feet

Profile Creek Road: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
Note: The elevation at Profile summit is 7607 feet.

Big Creek Webcam: (check date on image)

Yellow Pine to Stibnite: Midas Gold is keeping the road open.
Stibnite Weather Station 6594′

Stibnite to Thunder Mountain: Closed to wheeled vehicles.
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.
Note: The approx elevation at Deadwood Summit is 6,883 feet.
SNOTEL Deadwood Summit 6860′

Payette Avalanche Advisory
link:

Valley County Grooming Reports
link:

Snowmobile Trail Map – Warm Lake & Johnson Creek areas
link:
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