There's still snow


If you're heading to the high country over the Fourth holiday, you may hit snow in places. Here's a photo from the U.S. Forest Service of Blue Lake on West Mountain, southwest of Cascade.

The lake at about 8,000 feet had snow earlier this week. The mountain top still has 2 to 4 feet of snow. The Forest Service says that trekkers may come across snow at around 7,800 feet.

Here are some examples of conditions in the high country:

High mountain passes at Profile Summit and Monumental Summit are open. However, these roads may still be wet so use caution.

Cabin Creek, Cold Meadows and Chamberlain backcountry airstrips are all open.

Wilderness trails are being worked on, and Big Creek Trail No. 196 has been cleared. Crews are working on the Chamberlain Trail No. 001.

The Loon Lake/Willow Basket Loop System and Chinook Campground are in excellent shape. These trails are open to hikers, motorbikes and horses.

The following roads are open, but logging is occurring in the area and users should use caution: Trinity Creek Road No.172 and Wagontown Road No. 183.

With the exception of the Trinity Mountains, all campgrounds in the Mountain Home Ranger District are expected to be open for Fourth of July week. The Trinity campgrounds are not expected to be open until mid-July due to dense snow.

Deadwood Reservoir is open by traveling from Idaho 21, to Forest Road 579, going through Bear Valley and eventually south on Forest Road 555. Deadwood is not accessible by taking the Scott Mountain Forest Road 555 north from the Banks-Lowman Highway.

Deadwood Reservoir access going south from Landmark on Forest Road 579 is open, however 4-wheel drive is highly recommended. The road just opened two days ago and there are rough and muddy areas.

Lick Creek road to the South Fork Salmon River and Yellow Pine is open.

Nice Photo

Remember - Possession of fireworks is illegal on both Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land. Fireworks can be confiscated and individuals can be cited.

good points

mid-elevation and low elevation lands are pretty dry. I'm surprised at the dusty and dry soil. Keeping fingers crossed for no sparks.


I should have mentioned I copied the fireworks rule from the FS press release. Really worried that folks will leave their brains at home and bring their fireworks to the forest. Its crunchy out in the woods and we have already had enough fire up here to last several life times!

Not enough snow to justify cherry flavored syrup though


You fry wants with that?

And nobody can ban it.


You fry wants with that?