Road Conditions for Friday

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Quad caught by slide. [Photo by Kym Kemp]

During the series of storms earlier this week, roads and private property were damaged. Some homes were crushed under trees, cars crashed with at least one fatal result, and private property was swept away in slides and in windstorms.

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Slide near Hwy 101 south of the Salmon Creek exit. [Photo by Kym Kemp]

The sun broke through yesterday and flood waters are disappearing. However, the Emerald County roads are a mess. Caltrans has cleared most major highways but the many of the miles of back roads under county control are damaged. Some are just pitted with potholes, but others are closed. Below we have the list of highways and county roads with their conditions.

Major Highways:

(Most information below from Caltrans’ Quick Map. If you are heading to Oregon, check their similar site.)

Leggett slide from earlier this week. [Photo from Caltrans]

  • HWY 1: Closed west of Leggett but supposed to be open late today.
  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 36: Open
  • Hwy 96: Open
  • Hwy 101: Open
  • Hwy 199: Open
  • Hwy 211: Open
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants): Open
  • HWY 299:The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking east/west travel.

Humboldt County Roads: (Plus some from Mendocino)

As we learn details, we will add the information below.

  • Bald Hills – open carry chains
  • Benbow Drive-Closed at mile marker 3.4  near Fish Canyon Road
  • Buttermilk Lane near 2777, Arcata – flooded
  • Camp Weott -closed
  • Cannibal Road – Flooded
  • Cock Robin Island Road – flooding, travel with caution
  • Dillon Rd – closed between Riverside and Goble Lane, flooded
  • Goble Lane – closed from Fulmore to Hwy 211
  • Halibut Avenue-flooded
  • Hawks Hill-flooded
  • Hookton – open, slippery
  • Horse Moutain/Titlow Hill – chains required
  • Kings Peak Road-closed north of Horse Mountain Campground and south of the the King Peak Rd and King Range Rd junction due to a failing culvert.(Per BLM Ranger)
  • Kings Range Road: Passable but or small landslide north of the King Peak Rd and King Range Rd junction.
  • Maple Creek Road at slide- 1 lane traffic open
  • Meridian  Road – closed
  • Morgan Road – closed
  • Patricks Point – Slipout repair PM 1.3 & PM 3.7
  • Perch Street-flooded
  • Pine Hill at Elk River – flooded
  • Scenic Drive – slipout repair PM 1.60; slide removal PM 0.95
  • Showers Pass Road – 4 Wheel drive only
  • Horse Mountain/Titlow Hill – chains required


  • I am still snowed in. Not that Trinity County gives us any plow love.

  • VERY much appreciated information Kym. Thank you!

  • Maybe the county could allocate some of the newly found marijuana money to fix our roads. Since during the season brings in many (I want to say thousands) rigs that are not normally here.

    • They should not spend a nickel of that money. When Jeff Sessions becomes Attorney General he will begin proceedings against them for contributing to illegal actions and all that money will need to be spent in the federal lawsuit. We all know these permits are being used to mask production that is being sent all over the country and Sessions knows that too. It’s not a secret what is going on here in Humboldt and finally there is somebody in federal office who is sick of our local scam and has the power to make a difference.

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