Partly Sunny Saturday But Roads Are Still Rough and Travel Uncertain

Heavy equipment working on the slide

Heavy equipment working on the slide at Big French Creek yesterday in the rain. [Photo from Caltrans District 2]

Just in time for the weekend, the wet weather will roll back a bit and allow a partly sunny day today. Tomorrow expect the rain to return.

Unfortunately, our roads are still reeling from a long, wet winter. One major highway in our area has been closed for weeks. Highway 101 has several touchy areas that are so uncertain that you need to check on the latest information before you travel. County roads are in even rougher state than our state roads if that is possible.

Here is what we know about the roads at this point. As more information comes in, we’ll update in blue.


Major Highways:

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

  • Hwy 1: CLOSED in both direction just west of Leggett. (See here for more info.) No estimated time of reopening. Here’s a video Caltrans posted this morning of one of the slides:


  • Hwy 3: Open
  • Hwy 20: Open (Note: Hwy 16 is closed.)
  • Hwy 36: Open
  • Hwy 96:
    • According to Caltrans, “…96 is reduced to one lane with traffic control at Cade Mountain (Siskiyou CO) due to a slip-out. Motorists should expect delays of up to 15 minutes.”
  • Hwy 101: 
  • HWY 162: Open
  • Hwy 169: Open


  • Hwy 199: Open


  • Hwy 211: Open (Check out the Fernbridge live cam)
  • Hwy 254 (Avenue of the Giants):
    • Closed from Holmes Flat to Barkdull Road.
  • Hwy 255: Open
  • Hwy 271: Open
    Hwy 299:

    • The large slide at Big French Creek is still blocking the highway but traffic is allowed through most of the day.` Caltrans posted,

      299 is reduced to one lane with traffic control from 4.5 mi to 4.1 mi west of Big Bar, at Big French Creek (Trinity County) due to slide removal. Monday through Saturday the road will be open between 0600 hrs and 1800 hrs with minimal delays and from 1800 hrs to 0600 hrs with one hour delays. Sunday the road will be open from 0600 hrs to 0600 hrs on Monday with up to 30 minute delays.

Humboldt County Roads:

Here’s what we know. But we know there are more issues. As we learn details, we will add the information below.

  • Alderpoint Road 1 way controlled traffic at PM 10.68, PM
    17.70, PM 26.00, PM 30.33 and PM 34.95, PM 36.98, and PM 44.70
  • Benbow Drive Closed
  • Blue Slide Road 1 lane at PM 1.75 and 3.25
  • Briceland Thorn Rd PM 3.27 – one-way traffic with bridge and signal
  • Butler Valley Road
    • 1 lane at PM 3.71
    • Closed 5.75 PM
  • Cannibal Island Road-Closed
  • China Creek missing a chunk but still passable.
  • Coffee Creek Road Closed
  • Dyerville Loop Road 1 lane at PM 2.00
  • East Branch Road in Benbow one-way controlled traffic at 2.7 mm.
  • Eel River Drive closed at mile marker 1.
  • Eel Rock Rd. – 1 Lane controlled traffic at PM 2.7
  • Fort Seward Road 1 lane at PM 3.90
  • Mattole Rd one-way control at various locations
  • Mosswood Lane closed
  • Needle Rock Road closed due to slide (See more here.)
  • Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway closed after large falling tree put a hole in the road. No estimated time of reopening. (See here for more information.
  • Salmon Creek Road closed at 0.56mm detour 101 or Maple Hills Road
  • Shively Road 1 lane controlled traffic at PM 0.50, PM 3.56, PM 7.00 and PM 11.50 with a length restriction of 32′ Kingpin to rear axl
  • Wilder Ridge Road is open with a length restriction of 32′ kingpin to rear axle

  Trinity County Roads:

  • “Trinity Alps Road past Trinity Alps Resort accessing Stuarts Fork Trailhead has washed out. Road is CLOSED indefinitely,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation.
  • “Zenia Bluffs Road between Alder Point and Zenia is CLOSED due to slide,” according to the Trinity County Department of Transportation. “Estimated time of reopening is greater than a week. Use Peak Road.


  • Let’s all just stay home for awhile

  • Just where is Hwy 101 closed for weeks ?

    This stupid article does not state just where, and hwy 101 is hundreds of miles long !

    • Richard, the article says one major highway has been closed for weeks. I was referring to Hwy 1 not Hwy 101. It is closed near Leggett and I’m assuming any readers of this regular feature would be aware of it as I have been mentioning it for weeks..

    • Read carefully. You inferred that it was 101 that had been closed for weeks; the article did not say that. The sentence whose subject is Highway 101 advises you to check on its status, as it’s been variable.
      Mainly, please don’t call Kym’s thorough article “stupid.”

  • One major hiway has been closed for weeks…

    Certainly hiway 1, I would not assume to be a major hiway, so yes I assumed the person meant hiway 101.

    I’m looking for quick information about travel soon. I find the Calif. Govt site to be very confusing. Hoped I’d find better answers here. And no I don’t read this every day….A person reads things when they need information. This and other similar articles could be written much better for the reader to understand correctly.

    I do appreciate that what is here, does attempt to help people.

  • Bair Road / Stover Road – 2 slip outs on Bair (@ approx 1 and 4 miles), the first of which has become barely passable in the past couple of hours. 1 slip out on Stover, @ approx 9 miles. 2 active slides on Stover (@ approx 6 miles) – blacktop is covered in blue clay mud – very slippery. Watch for trees sliding into the roadway.

  • Stupid is as stupid does.

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