May 21 Conditions

The snow that was on the road surface has melted over the weekend. Thanks to Danny Bell for the update.

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Hurley Conditions May 21

Hurley Conditions May 21

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Hurley Summit Conditions

The Hurley is open to 4wd vehicles. There is still snow on the road in the summit area that will need some warm temps to melt off. Thanks to John Robbins for this photo from Saturday.

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Hurley summit May 19 2018

Hurley summit May 19 2018

 

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Hurley is open!

Tom completed work on the Hurley today and it’s open for the 2018 season! Great work Tom, you have made the long weekend!

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Hurley Plowing 2018 #2

Today Tom has plowed to about 500m from the summit and got further than he thought. The km’s on the Squamish side can be difficult but he is hopeful he can break through tomorrow (Thursday). If not, he will start early on Friday to get it open for the weekend!  As soon as it is open, it will be posted here. Thanks for the great work Tom!

Tom and his cat

Tom Illidge and his cat

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Hurley Plowing 2018

Avalanche clearance has been given and work will start today to plow the snow off the road. Crews have been advised to not stop under the avalanche slide paths. As soon as the road is open it will be posted here. Please stay off the road until all work has been completed.

 

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Opening Update

The big question everyone has been asking is “Will the Hurley be open for the long weekend?” We still don’t have an answer and will provide updates as soon as they come in. There is still a high risk of avalanches in the Green Mt area and last we heard was the danger would remain till Wednesday. FLNRO are checking back in with avalanche technician today and we will update as soon as we know more.

Green Mt avalanche zones on the Hurley in 2011.  Photo by Frank W Baumann

Green Mt avalanche zones on the Hurley in 2011. Photo by Frank W Baumann

 

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Sled Vandalized

Lots of people are asking about the Hurley opening and as soon as we have any news it will be posted here. The avalanche technicians will take a look at the slide paths this week but say we are still a few days out from conditions being safe.

Unfortunate message from Kathy Milne from Backcountry Snowcats about damage to her snowmobile parked on the Hurley. If you have any information please contact Kathy or Pemberton RCMP.
Sometime between when I parked it on Sunday night and today, my sled was vandalized. This is usually my transportation out over the Hurley and now it is inoperable.
Please post this and alert everyone. Besides the gas that was taken, the 12v battery was ripped out.
This and the unnecessary damage to the rest of the sled is hugely disappointing especially when we are helping to facilitate the summer opening at our cost.

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Avalanche Photos

Thanks to Julie-Anne Chapman from She Shreds Mountain Adventures for sending in these photos from recent avalanches on the Hurley.  Several shots of some big ones on the East Hurley that deposited a small forest on the road. The winter season is coming to an end. Ride safe up there!

Lots of people are already asking about the snow removal this year.  Sledders are unloading at the 9km marker on the road from the Pemberton side. When we have the updates, they will be posted here.

 

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

East Hurley Photo by Thomas Lyttle

Hope Creek Photo by Clayton Szeliga

East Hurley Photo by Clayton Szeliga

Hope Creek Photo by Clayton Szeliga

East Hurley Photo by Clayton Szeliga

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Ken Conway-Brown Retires

Ken Conway-Brown, the FLNRO Roads Technician for our area and primarily responsible for the Hurley FSR, retires today!

All of us in the Bridge River Valley, and those of us that travel from elsewhere over the Hurley FSR so we can enjoy Bralorne, Gold Bridge, Gun Lake, Tyaughton Lake and Marshall Lake extend our congratulations and a huge Thank You to Ken.

Ken is what we all hope Ministry officials to be.  Ken built strong positive relationships with key people in our area.  He always communicated fully and proactively so we knew what was going on with the Hurley in terms of maintenance.    Ken is someone who listens and then does what he can to assist but also was honest and direct when he couldn’t.

One of the key things he grew to understand by listening to us, was the importance of consistency of maintenance on the entire Hurley.  With a few exceptions, maintenance on the Hurley has been consistent in the last several years and overall, consistently better.  He managed the budget wisely and as a result was able to have additional materials added to several sections of the road, including this last fall on the lower switchbacks.

We will miss him as a Ministry official and we will miss him as a person, but we know he will be enjoying his retirement (sort of, will be working on wildfire branch related things this summer on contract).

Ken will be receiving a coveted I survived the Hurley t-shirt! Thank you Ken for your professionalism and good work!

Hurley maintenance

Hurley maintenance

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Hurley Closed to Vehicle Traffic

The Hurley is closed to vehicles for the driving season and it’s open to snowmobiles. Have a safe winter and keep sending any winter updates to  info@bridgerivervalley.ca.  Check back in May for opening status.

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The Hurley is closed to vehicles for the season

The Hurley is closed to vehicles for the season

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Jan 9 Update

Update 10th at 6am – 20cm of wet snow at Gun Lake over night. Reports of a vehicle stuck on the Pemberton side and heavy wet snow with slippery conditions. Haven’t heard if anyone has made it over and it is most likely closed to vehicle traffic now.

As of yesterday, both logging companies have finished work on the Hurley for the winter and no more plowing will be done. Ministry officials have notified us that the Hurley will remain closed to snowmobile traffic until vehicles are no longer driving it. As long as there are vehicle tracks on the road, snowmobiles are prohibited. Snow is falling in the Bridge River Valley today so expect snowy conditions on the road. If you drive the Hurley please send your updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca so we can keep people informed. Update 9am: 6cm of wet snow fell at Gun Lake this morning.

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. 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.

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Active Forest Road Safety

There have been many reports of snowmobiles riding on the plowed Hurley and sharing the road with logging trucks and other traffic. It is illegal and dangerous to snowmobile on a plowed FSR road. The Hurley will be open to snowmobiles soon so please take note of the restrictions now. This video from the Golden Snowmobile Club has some good  information for drivers on sharing an active industry road. To turn the sound on, click the sound icon in the bottom right corner of the video.

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Jan 6 update

A driver update in from Saturday morning: Drove from Gold Bridge to Pemberton this morning. Slushy and icy conditions at the summit, rest of the road a light ice crust. Make it with 4×4 truck and studded winter tires. Chains recommended.

The Hurley is getting lots of different types of traffic and snowmobiling on a plowed FSR road is illegal and dangerous.  The road is plowed narrow so please drive slow and stay on your side of the road. If you have a radio use Resource Road Channel 19. 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.  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.

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Hurley Jan 6

Hurley Jan 6

 

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Jan 5 Update

There is a freezing rain warning in effect so expect the Hurley conditions to change. Light freezing rain hit the Bridge River Valley last night.  A reminder that snowmobiling on a plowed FSR road is illegal and dangerous.

Thanks to Jim for the latest update:

Nothing really new on the Hurley. Drove south Jan 4th at about 10:30am, road was in good condition.  Did run into logging truck traffic, as well as other truck traffic.  Unexpectedly, met a large group of snowmobilers heading north.  Road is narrow near the pass, this would not be a good spot to meet other vehicles, care should be taken.

The East Hurley has a washout about 300m east of the junction with the Hurley Main. The culvert is sitting in the channel cut across the road which is 150cm deep and about 300cm wide and impassible by truck or sled. Beavers have since dammed the higher side so expect more washouts in the spring. Both sides of the pond are covered in ice to thin to cross by sled. Thanks to Conny for the update.

The Hurley is getting lots of different types of traffic.  The road is plowed narrow so please drive slow and stay on your side of the road. If you have a radio use Resource Road Channel 19. 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.  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.

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Jan 2 Update

The logging company has plowed the Hurley from Pemberton to Gold Bridge and they will resume log hauling this week and remove all their equipment by early next week, weather permitting. The original post said logging for a few more weeks but then they sent another update.

Thanks to everyone who sent in an update to let us know! This latest update from Rick is from Tuesday afternoon: The route is plowed the entire way from Gold Bridge. It was a smooth ride and extra beautiful without the road dust. The road is plowed wide enough for two vehicles to pass from Gold Bridge for at least 20km. Thanks for the updates and the plowing!

The East Hurley has a washout about 300m east of the junction with the Hurley Main. The culvert is sitting in the channel cut across the road which is 150cm deep and about 300cm wide and impassible by truck or sled. Beavers have since dammed the higher side so expect more washouts in the spring. Both sides of the pond are covered in ice to thin to cross by sled. Thanks to Conny for the update.

The Hurley is getting lots of different types of traffic.  The road is plowed narrow so please drive slow and stay on your side of the road. If you have a radio use Resource Road Channel 19. 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.  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.

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Hurley Jan 2. Photo by Rick Heffernan

Hurley Jan 2. Photo by Rick Heffernan

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