Green Mt Avalanche

An avalanche has recently come down on the Hurley off Green Mt and covers the road.  This is between the East Hurley split and Gold Bridge.   There is a route through the debris.  The Bridge River Valley Snowmobile Club groomed the East Hurley yesterday from the steel bridge all the way up to the Sunshine Cabin.  Thanks to Ray for the photo and update!

Green Mt avalanche on the Hurley

Green Mt avalanche on the Hurley.  Photo by Ray

 

 

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Hurley Hazzards

A special Avalanche Warning  has been issued for most of the BC mountains and includes the Hurley area at least until Monday Jan 25th when the new bulletin comes out.  Always check www.Avalanche.ca before heading out on the Hurley and always look up and don’t stop in slide paths!

Sledders heading to Bralorne should also be aware that there are trees down on the road and an electrical fire has started caused by downed power lines.  BC Hydro has been notified.

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Image from Jan 2012  Avalanche debris covers 80 feet of road on the Hurley

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Green Mt Winter Logging

Aspen Planers will be harvesting in the Hurley/Green Mountain/Gwyneth Lake area starting January 15 and going to break up in March, recommencing in May and completing in June. They will be harvesting 4 Cut Blocks and there will be about 10 loads a day hauling out of there.  The Tan with Red outline are the Cut Blocks in the map below.

Aspen have cleared a turnout/parking area just past the Green Mt turn off at 8 km on the Hurley from the Gold Bridge side.  Snowmobilers and pickups can stage at that site for their activities. Active logging signs posted on either side.   The rest of the Hurley River Rd. down to Gold Bridge will be plowed.

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Winter Update

Thanks to Ray Mason from Totally Awesome Adventures for the latest update.

As late as last week there were reports of trucks attempting to cross the Hurley and getting very badly stuck.

The road is very definitely closed officially and unofficially to vehicle traffic but it is in great shape for sledding.  The FSR sign at the pass is showing only the top foot of the sign so there is currently approximately 5 feet at the summit on the road and approximately 6.5 feet (2 m) in the alpine.

This is a really awesome post about the current conditions for sledding in the area by Julie Ann Chapman -She Shreds Mountain Adventures

Check Avalanche conditions before heading out

Thanks to Ken Conway Brown at the Cascades Forest District the statistics are in for the mid-May to mid-October traffic (both ways) averaging 91 vehicles a day.  Two heavy days were on the May long weekend with 270 trips on one day and the September long weekend with 400 trips on one of the days.

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Photo at the Hurley summit by Ray Mason

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Snow Update 5

Snow fell to the valley bottom last night and the Hurley is probably getting pretty deep up there now.   Reports in of some prepared & experienced drivers still making it over yesterday!

The alternate route into the Bridge River Valley was  closed today due to a rock slide  but DriveBC.ca is reporting the road has re-opened to single lane alternating traffic.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel at this time of the year.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck & be prepared for self rescue.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

Sunday:  I returned over the Hurley Sunday afternoon .  The groomer has groomed it over to his exit at the side valley.  The ruts were deep on the Pembi side.  I rescued two snowmobilers whose track had melted onto its new runners.  We freed the track the passenger rode with me back to rail road creek bridge.  All warnings are correct . Can be traveled with high clearance vehicles who may need their chains, shovels and sleeping bags. Thanks to Bryan’s Auto Body for the latest update!

Friday: I drove over the Hurley on Friday Nov.13. Was pretty good but would recommend chains on all four tires and be prepared to dig if you need to pull over or meet oncoming traffic. It was snowing so maybe harder to pass now. Must have 4×4 ,excellent tires and lots of deep snow driving experience. Bring sand bags.

Allan Crawford
Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Hurley on Friday 13th.  Photo by Allan Crawford

Hurley on Friday 13th. Photo by Allan Crawford

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Snow Update 4

Reports in after the storm last night that conditions were deep and icy and several trucks were stuck and the snow cat couldn’t get by!   More snow is in the forecast.  It’s that time of the year to start driving through Lillooet to get to the Bridge River Valley.   It’s longer but it’s a beautiful drive.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel at this time of the year.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

Time to get the sleds out on the Hurley!

It’s almost sledding time on the Hurley! Photo from winter 2014

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Snow Update 3

No reports yet on what condition the Hurley is in after the storm yesterday.  From what we can see through the clouds today, it looks like the freezing level did rise and icy conditions are possible.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel at this time of the year.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

The most recent report is from Wednesday afternoon when Ashley, Leo & Samuel came across and sent in the photo below.

Hurley conditions on Wednesday afternoon before the storm on Thursday

Hurley conditions on Wednesday afternoon before the storm on Thursday.  Photo by Ashley

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Snow Update 2

The Hurley pass is covered in snow for about 5kms at the top.  Snow is 12 inches deep at the pullout at the top of the pass.  The road has seen lots of traffic this weekend and there is a one way track through the snow which is probably icy in the mornings and evenings.  At 4pm the temps were zero on the Pemberton side of the summit and -1c  at the top and down to Gold Bridge and earlier in the day at 10am it was  -1c/-2c.   Click here to watch video from the Hurley on Sunday afternoon

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel at this time of the year.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck.   Conditions can change fast at anytime up there with the fluctuating temperatures & weather.  Current conditions may not be reported on this site.  This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.  Have a safe drive!

Hurley on Sunday morning

Hurley on Sunday morning

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Snow on the Hurley

Update Nov 8:   Reports in of 6 to 8 inches of new snow on the Hurley.  Check back for another post with photos tonight!

Snow on the summit of the Hurley today!  It’s  muddy and slippery in spots.  The road is in pretty good shape but it’s starting to get mud ruts in the new surface with all the rain and snow.  The road surfacing project has been completed for the year.

It’s that time of the year and snow can fall on the Hurley at anytime.  Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.   Email new road condition updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca.

A local Bralorne resident lost some personal belongings on the Hurley a few weeks ago after a vehicle accident and is looking to have them returned with a reward offered.  Please see the poster at the bottom of this post for more information.  Give Mike a call if you have any information.  Thanks!

Snow on the Hurley earlier today

Snow on the Hurley earlier today

Muddy, slushy conditions by the afternoon

Muddy, slushy conditions by the afternoon

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Road Surfacing Completed

UPDATE from Thursday:  The road surfacing project has been completed for this year!

The summit area has been done to about 1-2km past the summit going north.  Today, Tuesday they were working on surfacing the upper switchbacks.   Road closures are possible from 8am to 6pm with openings every 2 hours.  Thanks to SLRD Director Debbie Demare for the update!  If you have a road update to share email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

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Hurley is looking nice and smooth!

Hurley machinery

Hurley machinery

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Hurley Road Closure

The Hurley road re surfacing project will start on Monday October 19 near the summit.  It was delayed a week due to the contractor working on slide areas on the Lillooet FSR.   Please see the sign below for opening times.

October 23 Surfacing Update: The first full day on site they made 2kms. They’ve developed multiple pits and are not only dealing with the surfacing but are dealing with culverts, ditching and other road issues as they progress along the road. They say they’ve only held people up for around 5-7 min as the road sections are wide enough to allow people through. Workers may or may not be working over the weekend.  The money is running out quickly and crews expect to be finished next week.

Road Closure

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Road re-surfacing project

The grading has been completed and the road is back to being in overall good shape.  Please use 4×4 when climbing the hills to prevent washboards!  After a grading is when the flat tires usually happen so make sure you are equipped with a spare tire and a plug kit with all the accessories and  know how to use them.  Scroll down to the comments section for some more information from other Hurley drivers.

The road re-surfacing  plan is to mob equipment out to the pit location on Tuesday and start the surfacing on Wednesday Oct 14. The signs are in place speaking about the project and potential delays in travel over the Hurley. As information arrives, we will keep you updated as the project goes along.

Monday Update:   Due to some washouts on the Lillooet FSR over the Thanksgiving weekend, the road resurfacing project will be delayed so the machinery can work on the washouts this week. The surfacing with not be starting up until Oct 19.

Happy Thanksgiving weekend and drive safe!

Grading the Hurley on Thursday

Grading the Hurley on Thursday

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Fall Grading update 3

Unfortunately the grading that was to occur September 12 did not happen. FLNRO was not aware of this until we drew it to their attention.
They have followed up with the contractor and the grader should be up there today and grading completed in time for the Thanksgiving weekend.
FLNRO understands the road has been somewhat rougher than normal and is working to get that remedied.  They are also going to take a look at some water that has been flowing over the road up towards the summit on Gold Bridge side and determine what is going on there.  This water has not impacted travel.

FLNRO is also aware of some areas that need enhanced attention, such as around the Gwenyth Lake turnoff and will work with the contractor to ensure they extend their grading in these areas.

The E. Hurley washout was repaired by Interior Roads.

GOOD NEWS THOUGH, the plans are being finalized for more surfacing  to be done (i.e. more material added) after Thanksgiving.  The surfacing will begin where the new stretch of surfacing material ended and work its way up to the summit.   There will be some 2 hour closures (AFTER Thanksgiving Weekend) and updates will be provided on when and where that will occur closer to the date.

We would really like to thank FLNRO for their efforts this year to provide consistency in the road conditions and to make best use of the available budget to provide some enhancements.  We also need to remember to thank Reg & Kathy Milne, Backcountry Snowcats for enhancing the available budget by using her snowcat to clear off a stretch of the road this spring thus saving funds in FLNRO’s Hurley budget.

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Beautiful fall views on the Hurley Road

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Lillooet River Rising

UPDATE:  8.30am Monday – Reports coming in that the water levels have dropped and there is no more water on the road!  The road is in extremely rough shape.  Drive slow and take your time.
Thanks to Doug Oswald for making the drive over early this morning for the latest report!

The East Hurley Road has washed out again too.  No information as yet on when it will be repaired.

Sunday – There are several reports of the Lillooet River covering the Hurley Road/Lillooet River FSR by the Outdoor School and the road may be closed at this time.  Travel is not recommended.

If you have any conditions to report email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

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Fall Grading 2

Unfortunately a vehicle drove off the side of the Hurley today after being distracted by something.   Please drive carefully and pay attention as anything can happen quickly!  We hope everyone involved in this incident is ok!

Between Hope Creek and the Summit there is a spot on the road with the creek flowing right over the road.  There are at least 3 other places with large pools of water and one of those is flowing across the road too.  The Hurley and Lillooet rivers are running hard and high with all the rain today.

The road really is rough from steel bridge to Gold Bridge. The road does not appear to be graded at all after the grading that was supposed to happen last week.  Debbie Demare our local Squamish Lillooet Regional District Director will follow up to find out more information about the grading.

Drive safe everyone!

Accident on the Hurley today

Accident on the Hurley today

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