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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Dec 29 Update

The Bridge River Valley received 30cm of snow overnight! There are no reports of anyone driving the Hurley today.  The last update was from Ross who drove it yesterday morning (Friday) northbound and reported no problems until the last big hill before the pass. Big wind drifts covering the road and speed needed to punch through. After the pass was tame and the descent to Gold Bridge was mellow. This was before the 30cm! Word on the street someone drove it last night and said it was sketchy.

There are rumors that the logging company will plow the road on Jan 2 to remove some equipment and this will be confirmed as soon as we hear it from them.

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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Thanks to Luc Lesage for sending in this photo taken on Dec 25.

Hurley Dec 25

Hurley Dec 25 – photo by Luc Lesage

 

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Dec 23 Update

Dec 27 Update: 4 inches at the summit and snowing. Lots of traffic.

Thanks to Debbie Demare  for sending in these awesome photos of the Hurley taken Saturday Dec 23. It’s so nice to be able to drive the Hurley at this time of the year. Logging activity has finished and there is still a grader and a cat up there. Temp at the summit was -20 at midday and the sun is shining brightly.

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 Dec 23. Photo Debbie Demare

Hurley Dec 23. Photo Debbie Demare

Hurley Dec 23. Photo Debbie Demare

Hurley Dec 23. Photo Debbie Demare

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Dec 21 Update

The Hurley was plowed again after the storm earlier this week. Logging activity ends tomorrow on Friday Dec 22 so expect lots of industrial traffic. The road will not be maintained after Friday so enjoy it while it lasts!  Thanks to Mike for the photo from last night.

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 they are using Resource Road Channel 19. If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. 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 Dec 20

Hurley Dec 20

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Dec 3 Update

The Hurley is getting lots of different types of traffic as you can see from the latest driver update below.  The road is plowed narrow so please drive slow and stay on your side of the road. If you have a radio they are using Resource Road Channel 19. It is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed FSR road. We are also looking for some feedback on the mudslide repair, is it adequate or do drivers think it will need more repairs etc. 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.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. 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.

Dec 6 Update: -14c at the summit. Grader still working and snow road is in great shape. Pullouts cleared where possible. Late afternoon/evening is the best time for travel with no logging trucks.

Dec 3 Update: Thanks Heather for the latest Hurley update and photos.  Cruised over the Hurley today -late this afternoon. Lots of exciting activity. There were Christmas tree hunters, sleds, trucks, helicopters, hunters, side by sides, logging trucks, ski tourers, and Sunday cruisers. Friends all over the place. Logging guys waved me down and asked me to be careful because lots trucks and sledders were driving all over the road at high speeds and he seemed concerned about someone getting hurt if it keeps up like that so keep it slow -they are still working doing seeding with trucks and helicopters, respect them, they are reason we even have that awesome road to begin with, other places in BC have gates on their logging roads – none of us want that here.  Road was snowy but packed enough to drive over no problem in my good old Dakota with Duratrac’s. Easy peasy. Caught a sweet sunset on the Gold Bridge side of the Hurley. Enjoy the travels this week, pretty awesome to drive the Hurley Dec 3. I sure like it. ? HR

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Summit Dec 3 - Photo: Michael McCue

Hurley summit around noon on Dec 3 Temp -10c .  Photo: Michael McCue

Hurley Summit Dec 3 - Photo: Heather Roberts

Hurley Summit Dec 3 – Photo: Heather Roberts

Hurley Sunset Dec 3 - Photo: Heather Roberts

Hurley Sunset Dec 3 – Photo: Heather Roberts

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Nov 28 Update

Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest Hurley update and photos. Crossed from Bridge River over the Hurley at 12 pm today. It is open. Studded winter tires had no Issue. Truck with trailer spun out at 8km up from the pemberton valley. Lots of Logging and heavy equipment traffic. Single lane in the pass for many km so a radio is essential and appreciated by Industry. Thanks to all for the hard work keeping the Hurley open.

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. We are also looking for some information on the mudslide repair, is it adequate or do drivers think it will need more repairs etc.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. 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 Nov 28

Hurley Nov 28

Mud Slide repair Nov 28

Mud Slide repair Nov 28

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Mowich Creek Mud Slide

UPDATE Nov 25: Sounds like the culvert needs to be replaced and the work was not finished yesterday. High clearance is needed to get over the rocks in the slide area. Chains recommended for the summit.

UPDATE Nov 24 : Crews are working to repair Mowich Creek slide area and it should be open by the end of the day, unless the culvert needs to be replaced.

After the rain event on Nov 22/23 travel on the Hurley is not recommended due to a mud slide at Mowich Creek which is just past Branch 12.  The Wolverine Creek washout has been repaired. Road 40 to Lillooet is open with some alternating traffic and the Highline Road between D’Arcy and Seton Portage is still closed due to a creek blowout.

Thanks to Kathy Milne from Backcountry Snowcats for the photos of the Mowich Creek slide and Wolverine Creek washout on the Lillooet FSR.

Mowich Creek Mud Slide above Branch 12

Mowich Creek Mud Slide above Branch 12

Mowich Creek Mud Slide

Mowich Creek Mud Slide

Mowich Creek flowing down the Hurley road

Mowich Creek flowing down the Hurley road

Wolverine Creek Lillooet FSR 5km

Wolverine Creek Lillooet FSR 5km

 

 

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Hurley Closed

The Bridge River Valley area is currently isolated after a heavy rain event last night closed all the access roads. The Hurley is closed to a blowout at Wolverine Creek on the Lillooet FSR and unverified mud and rock slides beyond.  Road 40 to Lillooet is also closed due to mud and rock slides in Hell Canyon and the Highline Road between D’Arcy and Seton Portage is also closed due to a creek blowout.

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.

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Avalanche Update Nov 20

Thanks to Conny the Hurley avalanche tech for this latest avalanche report. Be safe out there everyone!

Tomorrow a pineapple express is moving in and a widespread avalanche cycle is expected. Weather models are in agreement on the temperatures but conflicting in amounts of rain. It will rain 40-80 mm up to about 2500m in the Bridge Valley starting tomorrow morning. The hazard will steadily increase and peak around 8pm on Wednesday. It will probably pass by the weekend.

If the weather plays out as forecast the hazard in the backcountry will be HIGH by late tomorrow and EXTREME on Wednesday at Treeline and in the Alpine. Large avalanches are expected to reach valley bottom and could affect several roads throughout the Gold Bridge area including, Noel, Cadwallader, Hurley (east and west), Hope, Lone Goat, Donnelly, Bridge, Slim and into the South Chilcotins.

Flooding, washouts and debris flows are possible as well, especially further south.

Avalanche Canada will start forecasting for the Coast mountains on Thursday Nov 23.

Please take care out there and don’t travel unless you have to. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to be there. Be ready to spend the night out if the road is cut off.

Cheers,
Conny Amelunxen
Avalanche Professional
Boralex, Backcountry Snowcats, TLH, and Aspen Planers, Innergex

The last driver update was from Nov 18. Thanks to Pat Mulroony for this update and photo: Drove the Hurley at 7pm from Pemberton. Plowed to Hope Creek with about 10cms on the surface. Not plowed to East Hurley junction but many trucks created good ruts. Passing would be difficult. After about 4km from the East Hurley it was plowed again down to Gold Bridge. We drove a Tacoma with nokian snow tires.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. 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.

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!

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November 18 7pm

November 18 7pm

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Hurley Avalanche Update

Driving the Hurley at this time of the year is not only about the snow on the road, snow above should also be taken into consideration. The Hurley avalanche tech is warning of a big rain event on Wednesday. There are some deeper instabilities that could wake up with that storm and avalanches are likely along the Bridge Main as well as the Hurley and East Hurley. There may be enough volume that they affect the roads. Below is a photo from previous years which shows some of the avalanche paths on the Hurley in the Green Mt area.

The logging company is still going to try to keep hauling logs for another 3 weeks. The last driver update was from Nov 17. If you drive the Hurley please send an email to info@bridgerivervalley.ca.

Nov 17 Update:  Drove the Hurley Nov 17 at 3pm from Pemberton to Bralorne. Plowed from Pemberton to Hope Creek. Not plowed to Hurley junction. East Hurley requires chains. West Hurley was good but slick coming down hill to Gold Bridge. Studs or chains recommend from Hope Creek to Hurley junction. Thanks to Shawn Sadler for the update and photo.

If you choose to drive the Hurley at this time of the year, you may be sharing the road with logging trucks and other heavy machinery. 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.

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!

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Hurley Nov 17

Hurley Nov 17

Hurley Avalanche Zones

Hurley Avalanche paths. Archived photo by Frank Baumann

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