Got a call from a friend stuck in the Ghost so took a drive in there late afternoon. Here are some observations.
*3km bridge area. Bridge is getting buried in ice. Right after the bridge is a bit rough. Some folks have bypassed the bridge across the creek but look for the hole near the bridge if you do that. After the bridge there are some folks diverting through the trees but you can take the road too. The road is covered in ice then has water over the top. The bottom of the hill has two pools that aren't too deep with the ice under the water but might be if that bottom ice melted. The pools were relatively mellow yesterday and a stock Blazer followed me out without issues. Two others used the trees.
*TA road. Snow covered and reasonable traction. Ruts beat in nicely through any drifts. With warm days ahead watch for potential early morning freezing making ice.
*Big hill. Good traction and easy yesterday but did note a couple tracks in the side snow indicating someone may have done a little sliding recently.
*Big hill to Wully crossing. The track was decent without any real problems. When you get to the Wully crossing the ice bridge is quite a dip and it might be worthwhile taking a close look. Coming out my downstream wheels went through a hole which could get snowed over again. I saw one stock vehicle lightly scrape a hitch leaving.
*Wully to diversion structure (38). Tracks set and ok to drive.
*38 to 38+. Going in I guess the Monday climbers had tracks but coming out there had been drifting across this stretch. This drifting is over the flooded road and this is what got my buddy stuck. The snow wasn't deep enough to high center him but was deep enough that when forward motion was lost, the ice gave zero traction to get going again. My first attempt I tried reversing through the snow multiple times to make tracks but was still a ways away to hook up straps. Second attempt involved weaving across the gravel on the NE side of the drifting and coming at him from an angle up to where the gravel became ice. Two 30ft recovery straps then reached him. Multi tugs got him out and onto gravel. Two other climber vehicles joined us and avoided the drifting via gravel and walking the route looking for large rocks, deep patches. My guess is the heat this week will settle the drifting and allow passage again but my advice is to walk it and evaluate it with bypassing via gravel as your alternate.
*Beyond 38+. Didn't drive it so don't know. I believe there may have been some minor drifting but some climbers were on THOS so passable to there at least.
The big take away here is be prepared to get out and walk the line and evaluate wherever there might be issues. Stock 4wd can make it if you're smart. Be prepared for if you hit problems.
Have a buddy to send a text to - "I'm fucked in the north ghost" if you don't make it out.