Don't get too excited yet. No idea how many washouts, debris flows etc have occurred. An SM with street tires would be interesting at the best of times. It's all gravel, doesn't get any maintenance to speak of and peaks at about 6900'. Kootenay Lake at the west end is about 1750' The last few years it's been kept open mostly by citizens who like to use it and have access to equipment to make that happen. As logging roads fall victim to slides they are being left closed until another cutblock needs to be accessed. And other back country roads are being purposely deactivated/recontoured rather than being maintained.