June 8 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest Hurley update and photos. Gold Bridge to Donnelly Creek graded and in good shape.  Donnelly to Tenquille rocky potholes and rough with some brutal sections. Not graded.  Switchbacks normal. Lillooet River FSR good condition.  Great news from Goat Mountain Produce on the Pemberton side of the Hurley. They will be open this year and the garden is looking good check out the photos on Facebook!

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 in 2 colours – black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Hurley summit
Fresh grading
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Hurley is open!

Thanks to Jacob Oswald for the first Hurley photos of the year! The road has been plowed and it’s rough so drive slow and give the machinery working some space. The grader is working from Green Mountain to the East Hurley steel bridge. The road is narrow, please stay on your side of the road and drive respectfully. This is a great video to watch for safety tips on resource roads.

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 in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support and please slow down and drive responsibly!

Photo by Jacob Oswald
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Opening Update #3

Thanks to Sal DeMare for following up on another opening update.

Information from Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer regarding the opening of the Hurley May 26, 2021

I contacted the Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer for a progress report on the opening of the Hurley. This was the reply I received this morning: “Good morning. I was out yesterday and am back in the office now. I believe Scott has started the grading down at zero and will be working his way up the FSR as the moisture content is optimal for grading. Tom Illidge can’t make it this season to help us out with the opening, but Roadrunner will be sending their dozer out to open the road and control the waterflow as soon as he lines up a lowbed. Going slow due to some changing conditions, but its all still forward movement. Squamish Mills sent a grader last week to remove that berm and spread the material over the running surface.” I will update when I receive more information.

Image from a previous year
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Avalanche & Snow Update

Thanks to Sal Demare for passing on this latest update from FLNRO:

“Good morning. I have just received an update from the avalanche tech about the conditions along the Hurley. 

It appears that the road is clearing itself rapidly and there is around 7km of FSR to plough and around 1.6m of snow at the summit. However, there is some unsettled weather that may cause some concern until at least this Saturday. I have sent an update to the contractors and have asked them to be available next week to start the work on opening the Hurley. 

I will pass along more updates if any new information comes to light.”

The Hurley is still closed to vehicles
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May Hurley Update

Thank you to our Area A, Regional District Director Sal DeMare for this Hurley update.

Information from Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer
regarding the opening of the Hurley:
I contacted the Cascades Forest District FSR Engineering Officer and asked a few questions regarding the opening of the Hurley. These were the replies I received:

“As to the opening of the Hurley, I will continue to move forward with monitoring the avalanche hazard and see when that has abated. The other contracts are either in place or being finalized as I type and are ready to start as soon as it is safe to work/travel under the active avalanche tracts. As you are aware, aiming for a specific date for the opening is tricky as there are many moving parts to this subject such as snow loading along the FSR, snowcat usage and compaction/creation of ice from Hope Creek South, spring weather, avalanche hazards along with others. We will aim for beginning works as soon as it is safe and then see what the contractor’s production is once several days work is behind us. 
I will definitely keep you posted as to where we are with the progress on both the opening and first grading. I have been unable to find more information on whether or not some of that windrow is still along the section we discussed before or of it was graded across the FSR.
I have sent an email to the MOTI avalanche tech and will ask him about the sharing of his information and if possible give you a copy of his most recent report.”
As you can see I will update as more information is received.


Hurley Road Funding:
I asked the Engineering Officer questions regarding extra funding as we received last year and also yearly Road Maintenance Budget increases. The replies area below:

Has there been any more funding applied for this year for road bed material?  I have applications in for the FEP program again, but have been told that the program has been clawed back drastically and to not expect any approvals under that source.

Has there been a decision yet for more funding for FSR Road Maintenance, that you had previously referred to from the Provincial Treasury Department?  Late last week we were told that the treasury submission was not approved and in fact I am to expect to have a 20% reduction in my base budget for the next 3 years. 
It looks like last year was the only funding increase we can expect for the near future. We will make our dollars stretch and keep our eyes/ears open for any other funding sources we can leverage. 

Trip to Snow Line on the Hurley:

As you can see from a previous comment that the Engineering Officer did not know if the windrow from the ditching program last year was graded in the middle section of the road. I took a trip up to the snow line to look and also see where the snow line was at and to also look at the road condition. Below is my report back to the Engineering Officer:

“I just got back from a drive up to the snow line on the Hurley at just past the 23 km mark from the start in Gold Bridge. I have attached pictures and  kmz file of where the snow starts. A few items for your considerations:

  • The sign at the start of the Hurley was in the open position so I closed it.
  • Coming up the hill past the turn off to the Bridge Main FSR there is some water damage to the road due to the spring runoff.
  • In the Green Mountain area the ground was soft at the end of the year due to the material that was layed down and now it is rutted and hardened.
  • There are sections that received very little or no material put down.
  • The section past where Bridge River Mechanical finished their contract was really not touched (middle section) by the contractor coming up from the Pemberton side due to the  snow fall last year and has the ditching material still on the side of it. This section was never really graded last year and was and is in terribly rough condition with many pot holes and in sections the width is also narrow due to the material on the side of it.
  • I know from my last trip over the Hurley last year that the side from Pemberton was in good shape up to the summit and just past it but as stated before the middle section was in terrible shape so definitely will need some work first thing.
  •  I don’t know if anyone from your department will be out this way, but if someone is I would gladly take a drive up there with them.” 

Communication’s with our MLA Jackie Tegart:

I had been copying the Cascades Forest District Manager, Jackie Tegart and Jordan Sturdy in my communication’s. From these communication’s I asked for help regarding funding for the road and Jackie Tegart sent a letter to the BC Government’s Honorable Katrine Conroy the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. This is a link to the Letter: 

To send a similar letter to the Honorable Minister Katrine Conroy (FLNR.Minister@gov.bc.ca) you have all the details in the PDF in the link. You can also Cc MLA’s Jackie Tegart (Jackie.Tegart.MLA@leg.bc.ca); and Jordan Sturdy (jordan.sturdy.mla@leg.bc.ca), and myself (saldemare27@gmail.com)

Snowline and potholes on the Gold Bridge side of the summit
Ditching that was done in the fall
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History from the Hurley River

We love finding out about history of the Bridge River Valley and this historic photo that was donated to the Museum is of an old bridge over the Hurley River.

The Bralorne Pioneer Museum is an amazing small museum that tells the history of our area.  This is a wonderful example of the collections that have been donated to it. You can visit them on Facebook at  or Instagram There is also a wonderful virtual exhibit at Bralorne-Pioneer:  Their Past Lives Here Stop by on Mondays until May Long Weekend and weekends after that and visit them in person!

This picture is on the Hurley River and was built  to reach the Pioneer Power House. It was near the junction of the Cadwallader and Hurley River,  near Poison Flats and about 1.50 up stream.  The wooden staves carried the water from the Hurley up to Pioneer for their power supply. Thank you to Janis for sending us this photo!

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Road Maintenance Update

We received the following Hurley update from Sal Demare, SLRD Area A Director.

I have been corresponding with the Ministry Representative that is responsible for Forest Service Roads in our area this fall and winter. As everyone is aware there was funding secured for ditching and brushing the road and also to find road bed material to lay down the full length of the road. The total funding was approximately $200,000 with one of the contractors being local to the BRV. This funding came from the Forest Employment Funding stream. There is still more work left to do this spring from this funding. They are also looking for further funding for good quality road bed material from the same funding stream.

I had asked for Vehicle Count Data and was able to get it for September numbers only. The ministry took the road counter off of the Hurley in 2017-2018 as the numbers were stable. They actually started climbing after they took the counters out on the Hurley. However, the Sea to Sky Forest District had 2 counters on the Lillooet River FSR. One before the Hurley and one past the Hurley on the Lillooet FSR so they knew how many vehicles were going up the Hurley. There was as anticipated, a very large increase in 2020 due the COVID Pandemic as many of the Major BC Parks in the Sea to Sky Region and the Provincial Recreation Sites were closed and people wanted to get out of the populated areas which caused issues throughout Southern BC.

The Ministry has submitted Requests to the BC Government Treasury Board for changes to the funding formula for FSR Maintenance as the current formula is outdated. One of the elements they are looking to include is FSR’s that are used for public recreation or leading to recreation locations. The current formula only sees the Hurley receiving around $72,000 for the year and up to $15,000 of it is for opening it up in the spring. This is not enough to keep it safe and in good shape, with all of the traffic that is on it now.

The Ministry will be putting in 6 new vehicle counters on the Hurley in specific locations so data can be captured to where they are travelling to and from. This will help once and if the new funding formula is incorporated, so we can hopefully see more Maintenance funding in the future. I will keep everyone updated as more information is received.

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Winter Logging

Update Nov 24: All of the cutblocks currently planned are up the Hope Creek FSR.  Currently road building is occurring and some bunching of those trees will also be happening.

The licence is in the process of selling from Interwest Timber to Fushion Timber.  Fushion is a company out of Kamloops that works closely with Aspen Planers. Aspen Planers will be supervising the logging.

This is why the Hurley FSR will be plowed from Hope Creek FSR to Gold Bridge and will continue once the licence sale is finished with the actual logging. There will be signage posted in the areas about the active logging and hauling and onsite supervisor contact info.

Sledders should also pay attention to the impact this will have on sled travel between Bralorne/Gold Bridge and Pemberton which will not be possible. The road will also be plowed about 8km up Hope Creek FSR. See the Google Earth image below for location of block and more maps are at the link below.
CLick to view the logging maps

Nov 21 post: Aspen Planers have notified us of winter logging on the Hurley from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek. They will keep the road open from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek until March. This will NOT allow for vehicle travel to Pemberton and sledders travelling to and from Pemberton should be aware it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed FSR. See Section 3(3) of the Forest Service Road Regulations.
(3) A person must not operate a snowmobile on a forest service road if it appears that the road has been snowplowed, or that the road is otherwise fit for travel by motor vehicles other than snowmobiles.

They will be hauling logs down the Hurley FSR and on the Bridge Main FSR Monday to Friday and some Saturdays.

Have a good winter sledding on the Hurley and always check the avalanche bulletin before heading out.

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.

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Untitled Plackmark pins are the locations of new logging. Image from Aspen Planers
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Hurley Closed

We are calling the Hurley closed for the winter season. The valley received an additional 10cm plus last night and 20cm is forecast for tomorrow. It’s that time of the year and the snow on the Hurley has reached the point where it is too deep for vehicles. Around the Face Mt area, which is before the summit, 40cm of new snow has fallen on top of what was already there. Trucks with chains & 4wd were turned around today and no one has made it over. Thanks to Leah for the update. Please be aware that the signs may still say OPEN!

Have a good winter sledding on the Hurley and always check the avalanche bulletin before heading out.

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.

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

The Hurley is closed to vehicles for the season
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Nov 14 Update

14-16″ snow at the summit. Slippery on the Pemberton side. Lots of snowmobile traffic up there today. The Conservation Officers were pulling vehicles over and checking on hunters which is good to hear.

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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 13 Update

Thanks to Kerry Chalmers for the latest Hurley update and photo. Came over between 1-3 pm today.  A good number of tracks.  More snow on the Pemberton side and a little more slippery, and just over a good foot at the summit.  Less snow on the Bralorne side but colder.  With 4WD and good snow tires, it was fine.  Had chains but didn’t use 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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 12 Update

Thanks to Toby Salin for the latest photo and update. Photo from the summit today. Still all clear for 4X4 without chains.

Light snow is starting to fall in the valley this afternoon so expect more snow to fall up on the Hurley. 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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Hurley summit Nov 12. Photo by Toby Salin
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Nov 9 Update

Nov 10 Update: Had a crew go across today. Some snow, 10-15cm at the summit. 4×4 w. winter tires no issue. Did not need to chain up.
Trevor Burton
[McElhanney]

Thanks to Roger Stacey for the latest Hurley update and photo.

Hurley Update November 9 at 12 Noon. Road decent from Gold Bridge to Hope Creek then rough with pot holes to Branch 12 Tenquille turn off then decent to the bottom.  Good track on compact snow across summit with 3-4 cm fresh snow and snowing. Light snow all they way across.  4×4 recommended.

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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

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Nov 3 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the construction update and Pat Mulrooney for the snow update.

Here’s a quick update from yesterday. I drove over from Gold Bridge to Pemberton yesterday Nov 3 at 2:00pm. Extremely wet and muddy at the sections where the machines are resurfacing. Four wheel drive needed in a couple spots. Overnight snow started at the meadows below Face Mountain before the summit. 25 cms of snow at the summit and quite slippery. It was snowing heavily so there could be quite a bit more by now. 
Cheers, 
Pat Mulrooney

Update from Debbie Demare from Nov 2. Road is overall drier with less mud.  Work ongoing on lower switchbacks (up to just below Tenquille).   That section in pretty good shape.  Ditching going on west of Steel Bridge for a few kms.
Steel Bridge to Green Mtn. turnoff, grader is pulling materials onto road, large rocks, dirt etc as of today. Quite soft.  Green Mtn. down wet and muddy in sections, but lower dsection below Bridge Main really good shape.
Lots of Potholes between Steel bridge and summit, have fun driving all over the road!

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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Nov 3 conditions. Photo by Pat Mulrooney
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Hurley Update Nov 1st

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest update and photo. Road is wet, muddy and rough throughout.

Also thanks to Adam for sharing his story of surviving the Hurley!

Thought I would share a picture of what happened to my car in July, I guess my lug nuts weren’t as tight as I thought they were. Happened on a straight stretch just before the Tenquille trail head where a bunch of switchbacks begin going down to Pemberton. 
I’m happy to report that after many weeks down in Squamish the car is in much better condition!
Regards,
Adam.

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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support.

Nov 1st muddy conditions
Photo by Adam

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