Nov 10 Hurley Closed

It looks like the Hurley is closed to vehicle traffic for the year and sled season has started. Thanks to Matt J for the update and photos. Loaded my sled at snowline at 8km. Undriveable past Branch 12 turnoff.

Looks like a great day up there. Play safe this winter and always check the avalanche forecast before heading over.

Photos by Matt J
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Nov 8 Update

It’s getting to that time of the year where the Hurley is closed for most drivers and only the people fully prepared for deep snow and self rescue should be driving. More snow is in the forecast for tonight.

Thanks to Tennyson for an update from 6am today driving with studded 35″ winter tires. Snow starts at 6km on the Pemberton side. The snow at the summit is deep and gets deeper on the north side to Face Mt area. Driving conditions are spicy and one lane only. Passing another vehicle will be challenging.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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. 

Deep snow at the summit at 6am – photo by Tennyson
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Nov 7 Update

Thanks to Christine Zelezny for the latest update from 5pm Sunday night.

Heavy snowing through Whistler. Rain in Pemberton. Start of the Hurley, around 5pm, met two trucks coming south, flagged the second to make sure I wasn’t over my head with the summit getting 14inches. Got a thumbs up. 
Heavy snowing for the majority of the drive to the summit. Consistent 20-30km/hr speed in thick snow, but probably not more than 2 feet. Wheel tracks made it easier to follow. 
Past the summit, consistent 30-40km/hr was feasible. Pot holes are getting filled but they still have impact at the moment. I imagine tire tracks are now filled from overnight snow. 
All in all, with the added snow, it took me 1.5 hours over the Hurley. Consistent speed/travel, will reduce getting stuck. 
At this time, be prepared with chains and an emergency sleep kit in your truck. Be prepared for anything. Communicate with road users to get feedback. 

Thanks to Roger Stacey for the update from 12.30pm Sunday. 14 inches at the summit and snowing hard. Ruts starting to fill up. 4×4 pick up truck dragging on snow. Bring chains and be prepared for deep snow winter driving conditions.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

14 inches at summit 12.30pm today
Conditions at 5pm – Photo by Christine Z
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Snow Update Nov 5

Thanks to Ian and Christine for sending in the snow updates and to everyone who made comments on the rock slide post from yesterday that it was cleared.

Bralorne to Pemberton 5pm
Enough snow at the pass to touch the bottom of my 4Runner.
Mangeable drive, good grading on the last fsr stretch before reaching the bridge onto the pavement to Pemberton – Christine Z.

Went through at noon Friday. Snowing heavily & windy. Good amount of snow on either side of the summit. SUV was scraping the belly a little, but doable then – Ian F.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

Summit at 5pm – Photo by Christine Zelezny
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Rock Slide Warning

There is an active rock slide at around 6km on the Lillooet FSR. This is at the old slide area and BEFORE the Hurley turn off and will impact travel. Reg and Cathy from Backcountry Snowcats have painted the rocks and put some warning signs up. There is a single path through but with rocks actively falling it is not advised.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

Rocks actively falling
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October 28th Update

Thanks to Brad Dickson for the latest update and photo. Drove the Hurley today Pemberton to Bralorne.  It is driveable.  Snow starts a couple kms before the summit, but tire tracks are mostly dirt.  Snow high in the middle (see pic).  Downslope to the BRV a bit slippery, stay away from the shoulder, very soft and muddy and has almost sucked in a few vehicles (including mine).  East Hurley in great shape.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

Hurley summit 4pm Oct 28th. Photo by Brad Dickson
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Sunday 24 October

Rain in the valley last night and may have fallen as snow on the Hurley. Too many clouds this morning to see the snow line.

Thanks to Chuck for this report: Came down the Hurley from Bralorne via the East Hurley on Sunday, Oct 24. East Hurley was in decent shape as it has been most of the year. 
The main Hurley from the steel bridge to up and over the summit, down the big hill and all the way down the switch backs is in better shape then when I last traveled it on Oct 14th. It is still a little rough in sections but better than before. 
By far, THE roughest section of the entire trip is the Lillooet FSR. When I came up to the BRV on the 14th the Lillooet FSR was in great shape having just been graded some time before that. Since then a number of pot holes have reappeared and it is again getting rough. 

Thanks to Mandy Jensen for this report and photo: Quick update on the Hurley, we just crossed it this afternoon Sunday Oct 24th. It is pretty bumpy definitely not in the best shape, snow mixed with rain at the summit, road is completely clear. As usual the Pemberton side of things are the worst, took 2 hrs to cross pulling a flat deck with side by side and quad on it due to the road condition. 

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

October 24 – photo by Mandy Jensen
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Lillooet FSR Update

Update from SLRD Area A Director, Sal Demare. I had been in discussion with the Sea to Sky and Cascades Forest District’s regarding grading the Hurley and the Lillooet FSR as they were both in need of it dearly. The plan was that the Hurley FSR Contractor was going to grade the Hurley and then grade the Lillooet FSR when they got down that far. There was also talk of around $8,000 worth of road bed material for the Lillooet FSR in the bad sections. On October the 4th I drove the Lillooet FSR on my way to Vancouver and saw it being graded. On October 6th I came home and the road had been graded and the bad sections were already getting pounded out! I finally found out that it was the Pumice Mine farther down the Lillooet FSR that had contracted out the a grader and operator to grade the Lillooet FSR. The reason they did this was that the road was in very poor shape for the Pumice transport trucks.
The pictures are from our trip home from Vancouver on October 23rd and as you can see it is right back to where it was before the grading earlier in October before the grading.
I will be sending these and more pictures of the Lillooet FSR to both the Sea to Sky and Cascades Forest District’s so they know what it looks like and that it really needs road bed material, grading and compacted.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

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October 17 Update

Update Oct 18 – The strom was a wet one and most of it fell as rain and not snow. The Hurley summit is a mud track with snow on the sides.

44mm of rain in the valley last night and the cloud layers are low so we don’t know what conditions on the Hurley are like yet. Please send a report or make a comment below if you have been over today.

Last report was from the 15th and the summit was down to gravel with snow on the sides. Conditions can change rapidly up there and the two photos from Friday show morning conditions and afternoon conditions.

Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment till the end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

Hurley summit Oct 18 – photo by Deb Williamson
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October 13 Update

Wednesday morning was minus 6 degrees and about 6” of snow on the side of the road. Grading is looking good around the Green Mt area. Thanks to Sal for the update.

Maintenance update from Sal Demare: Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment from Monday till end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

October 13th afternoon
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Thanksgiving Update

Thanks to Sue Muscat for the latest Hurley update: Zero deg and 5 inches of snow at the summit at 12 noon today. Also thanks to Phil Graham for sending a photo of the snow conditions.

Maintenance update from Sal Demare: Bridge River Mechanical will be starting to work on the Hurley starting this week and there will be active heavy equipment from Monday till end of October so please be aware and slow down when approaching them.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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, 4×4, chains and good snow tires are essential for travel.  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.  Have a safe drive!

Summit snow Sunday morning photo by Phil Graham
Hurley summit Sunday afternoon photo by Sue Muscat
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Grading Update

Thanks to Director Demare for the latest Hurley update and for following up on road issues. The Lillooet River FSR being graded today. Many communications with Sea to Sky Forest District and Cascades Forest District paid off.  The Hurley FSR grading will be started on soon.

This is a reminder that weather on the Hurley can change to winter conditions at anytime. Currently raining hard in the valley with 16mm overnight so the chance of snow on the Hurley today is good.

The new Hurley can coolers are in stock on the website at the link below. These make a great gift for the Hurley travellers in your family!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, new photo can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Freshly graded Lillooet River FSR – Photo by Sal Demare
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First snowfall of the season!

Update from September 26 from Charles Evans.

Good conditions Gold Bridge to Pemberton, travelling late morning, on Hurley west a little slick from Green mountain and some mud ruts. No snow, and surprise of all surprises, only three cars at Semaphore. Fair number of potholes at the usual wet spots.10 km to 7 km on the Pemberton switchbacks is still rough as heck, better further down the hill. Worst is the flats from the bottom of the hill to the Lillooet Bridge.

Update on September 22 from Chuck Townsend.

Came down the Hurley Monday afternoon via the east Hurley from Bralorne and all the snow was gone.  East Hurley was good. Main Hurley from the steel bridge through the middle was decent for the most part with a few rough sections. It seemed to get a bit better as I approached the summit and wasn’t too bad going down the big hill. It wasn’t until I got to the section between the big hill and the switch backs that it got pretty rough. The switch backs were ok off and on with the worst part of the entire road being the Lillooet River FSR! Very rough for its entirety. Was expecting the Hurley to be much worse with all the reports I was getting by word of mouth, but I think airing down my tires to 30 psi really helps smooth out the worst parts.

September 17th. Torrential rain in the valley today and snow falling at higher elevations including on the Hurley. Be prepared for winter like conditions up there. Currently 1.3c at Gun Lake at 6.22pm and the rain is trying to turn to snow.

The new Hurley can coolers are in stock on the website at the link below. These make a great gift for the Hurley travellers in your family!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, new photo can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Photo by Magali Roy September 17, 2021
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Sunday August 29 Update

Thanks to Chuck Townsend for the latest Hurley update.

Just took the Hurley out from the Bralorne on Sunday, Aug 29th. 
The East Hurley is pretty much the same as it was on my last trip over (in early July). Good for the most part with a few pot holes and rougher sections. 
The main Hurley (starting from the E Hurley turn off by the steel bridge) alternates between rough and smoother sections until you get closer to the summit. The summit itself was smoother than it was in early July and then it again alternates between rougher and smoother sections going down the big hill (and also down the switch backs). 
Overall I would say the Hurley is in better shape than in early summer, but some sections are still a bit on the rough side. FYI, lots of cars parked just below the summit (to hike up to Semaphore lakes). Its needs a parking lot up there!
The Lillooet FSR was overall smoother than the Hurley with the exception of a couple short sections.

The new Hurley can coolers are in stock on the website at the link below. These make a great gift for the Hurley travellers in your family!

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, new photo can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Get your Hurley can cooler on the website!
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Hurley Traffic

With Road 40 on non essential travel restrictions due to the McKay Creek fire, the Hurley is experiencing heavier than usual traffic in both directions. The switchbacks from Pemberton are rough but the rest of the road is ok. The burned truck is still sitting on the side of the road. The grader is still working so please respect it’s space and pass slowly by after the operator has seen you. Be prepared for flat tires after the grading.

A reminder that active hauling is ongoing. Travellers on the lower part of the Hurley FSR should be cautious and expect loaded and unloaded logging trucks travelling in both directions up to the Bridge Main FSR turnoff.

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Thanks to Melinda for this update. I was on the Hurley yesterday and the truck was removed then.  The people who reported it were fortunate to have a satelite phone with them and a few fire extinguishers to put out the fire.  I passed them heading north on Saturday shortly after the incident.
Yes, the grader exposes very sharp rocks.  No flat tires yet for me.
I would recommend everyone travelling the road to buy the deer warning horns from Canadian Tire.  Only $13.  It keeps wildlife from running into your vehicle.  I have witnessed two bears being injured by motorists who were shocked to have a bear hit them on the pavement.  It’s a big shock not to mention vehicle damage done.
cheers Melinda

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats (more coming soon)  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

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