Driving the Hurley

There has been excellent feedback on the condition of the Hurley Road this past May long weekend.  With the improved condition of the road, however has come speeding.

The week before the long weekend the grader was on the Hurley all week and was almost hit by speeding drivers four times.  Some people were driving too fast for the conditions and had even passed the swamper’s pickup which had its four way flashers on and a grader working sign.  Unfortunately if this continues, putting the grader worker’s safety at risk there may be some unpleasant consequences.

The Bridge River Valley Community Association has an excellent working relationship with FLNRO Roads and we generally provide information on when grading is occurring as it is happening.  Please check this website before planning your trip over the Hurley…we want you and the grader operator to survive this summer season!!!

Please follow the “3 C’S” – Caution, Courtesy and Concentration

Please read the article at this link for tips on driving safely on BC’s Resource Roads:  Resource Road User Safety Guide

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Opening Update #4

Update from FLNRO

The grader started on Friday.  They conducted our pre work safety meeting.  They graded the rough spots coming up the switchbacks from 9km to 22km. They were plowing snow from here to around 33km (Km’s decreasing). Starting full grading down to 28km.
The grader is parked close to the bridge in a pull out. The snow should be fully melted where we plowed it. It was melting fast by Friday afternoon. They are not sure if there is any snow past 28km,but it looks like they  are through it.
They  will be resuming grading on Monday. The grader operator has been requested to put in long days to get the job done by Thursday.
He is hoping to work 28km to Gold Bridge from Monday to Wednesday, then spend Thursday finishing the switchbacks on the Pemberton end.

If you see the grader working please give him lots of space until it is safe to pass.  People are reporting the Hurley is in great shape except for loose gravel and potholes at the summit.  Please drive slow to preserve the good condition of the road and always use 4wd when climbing to prevent chewing up the road surface.

Grader at Hurley summit

Grader at Hurley summit

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Opening Update #3

Thanks to SLRD, Area A Director Debbie Demare for this update and photos.

The Switchbacks have been spot graded.  Lillooet river FSR good condition.  Grader at summit had just started to work down Pembie side.
Summit to Face still some  snow covered ice with rutting.  Truck clearance, winter tires and 4wd required.  The huge hole by the bridge at Tenquille has been fixed.  Rough on Gold Bridge side.

Grader at Hurley summit

Grader at Hurley summit

Hurley Road

Hurley Road near the summit by the fire zone sign

 

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Opening Update #2

Latest update on the condition of the Hurley from Backcountry Snowcats

Due to the ice layer, snow and melting, good vehicle clearance is required. Its a bit narrow in spots but if we all travel at a leisurely pace, passing by other vehicles shouldn’t be a problem. There is also some damage from the rain event last November (deep water rivulets) in some sections so folks should take care.

Squamish Mills has been hired to do the grading this year.  The plan is that they will be starting on Friday at the summit and working down the Pemberton side.

We will advise when the road is  “officially” open.

Hurley Summit on Monday May 4th

Hurley Summit on Monday May 4th

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Opening Update

Post has been updated with a photo of the summit taken on Monday.  Thanks to Mark from NSMBA.ca   for the photo.

The Hurley is close to opening, however it is not officially open as yet.   Backcountry Snowcats have spent time, fuel, wear and tear on their snow cat to do some work in the road from just south of the summit to the Face Mt turnoff.  They have removed 5 feet of snow from the centre of the road and the  road is now down to the ice layer.  However, 30 cm of snow has fallen since this was done.  Warm spring days  have arrived but the nights have still been cool.  They are advising that travel is not recommended without a shovel, good winter tires, 4×4, and chains. Some vehicles have made it through but they have also towed 2 vehicles that were stuck.  Thanks to Kathy for this update!

If you appreciate the work that they have done to speed up the opening you can make a donation towards fuel  at Sally’s Pub.  We definitely appreciate the work that Reg and Kathy from Backcountry Snowcats do on the Hurley all winter with the grooming of the road and the updates that they provide so please show your appreciation!

Opening updates will be posted as they come in.

Hurley Summit on Monday

Hurley Summit on Monday

Thanks to Backcountry Snowcats for being a good friend of the Hurley Road!

Thanks to Backcountry Snowcats for being a good friend of the Hurley Road!

 

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Spring Update #5

Thanks to Jesse Gillespie for the latest Hurley update & photos from last weekend.  The snow was heavy and wet.  Some sections you could start to see the road below.  No issues and no sign of anyone driving over recently.

Next update will hopefully be about snow removal for the long weeekend.

Hurley travel is still not recommended for most drivers.  Be prepared for self rescue if you attempt to go over if things don’t go as planned.  Remember mountain weather can change at any time!  Please send road updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Hurley summit last weekend in April 2015.  Photo by Jesse Gillespe

Jeeps on the Hurley summit last weekend in April 2015

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Hurley summit last weekend in April 2015

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Hurley Maintenance Update

Update on the Hurley Maintenance Issue, from Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Area A Director, Debbie Demare.

A recent revision of the 2014 agreement regarding responsibility for and maintenance of the Hurley FSR solves concerns raised by property owners regarding access to their properties in the Bridge River Valley as early as possible and with as direct a route as possible from the Lower Mainland and Sea-to-Sky corridor.
Based on the outcomes of a survey of the local residents and road users of the Hurley FSR, Dir. Deb DeMare has requested that up to $15,000/year of the approximately $71,000 annual road maintenance allocation for the Hurley FSR be directed to opening up the Hurley by way of snow clearing.  The road maintenance commitment to the Hurley FSR to reflect this request with two caveats.  The first being that the road will not be opened up until adequate avalanche assessments have been performed and it has been determined it is safe to do so. The second being that if ministry budget allocations are reduced that the ministry reserves to the right to review and potentially revise the commitment around this snow clearing funding commitment.  All other components of the road maintenance agreement have been implemented or remain unchanged.

Several positives for the Bridge River Valley community include the one ministry/one office responsibility for the entire Hurley FSR.  The community requested this and hopes that this will result in consistency and most effective use of resources.  It will also allow communication regarding the Hurley FSR by the public to be clear and straightforward.

While the overall budget remains the same, this agreement provides for and acknowledges that a spring opening will occur within a specified budget of $15,000.  This is a compromise solution and will hopefully provide enough balance to ensure access for property owners and visitors as early as possible while maintaining a consistent minimum level of maintenance.  There continue to be longer term concerns by the community for the overall infrastructure of the road (road
Bed, etc) as well as whether an adequate level of maintenance (grading) will ensure acceptable levels for the traveling public.  This will be monitored and further advocacy and revenue raising steps may be necessary based on feedback by the community.  Hurley Maintenance Documentation

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Spring Update #4

Thanks to Ashley and his boys for another Hurley Update!

Wed Apr 8 – crossed around 4pm towing our ATV Wagon full of supplies, the crossing was quite easy, and we saw the groomer at the top making it all nice and smooth for everyone.  20°C when we left the truck at the bottom of the Hurley.

Sun Apr 12 – crossed around 12 noon, and it was not an easy crossing.  Cold and snowing, it felt like winter had come back.  The new snow near the summit made it quite difficult, even with my J Wheelz installed on the ATV.  The snow got progressively deeper even as we summited and were heading down to where trucks were parked at about 22km.

Hurley travel is still not recommended for most drivers.  Be prepared for self rescue if you attempt to go over if things don’t go as planned.  Remember mountain weather can change at any time!  Please send road updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Hurley on April 12

Hurley on April 12 after the snow

Hurley on April 8

Hurley on April 8

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Spring Update #3

UPDATE:  The Hurley received new snow on Saturday April 11.  Snowfall amount unknown but driving a vehicle is not recommended, even with chains.

Spring temperatures are still in effect with warm days and cold nights.  There is still snow/ice at the summit for several km’s.   The snow/ice surface is softening up in the warm weather and there are reports of some vehicles making it over and some vehicles getting stuck.  Thanks to Gerry for sending in the latest update and photo.   Gerry went across on Monday morning while the snow was still firm.  There are some deep ruts that might suck you in and high center.  Good for travel when cold and the snow not melted.  Snow starts around 30 k mark on Hurley side and finishes at 20 k mark on Pemberton side with  4 km of deeper snow at the summit.

Even though some well equipped vehicles have been making it over in the right weather conditions, Hurley travel is still not recommended for most drivers.  Be prepared for self rescue if you attempt to go over if things don’t go as planned.  Remember mountain weather can change at any time!  Please send road updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Thanks to Hurley driver Jon for another update from the Easter weekend………

We went over the Hurley from the Pemberton side on April 3rd.  The snow starts around the 22km mark and climbing the first steep section was tough (even in 4-low), but once we made it though that section the rest of the trip was easy.

We went back over the Hurley from the Gold Bridge side on April 6th.  The trip back was less difficult because we did not have to climb the steep snow covered section of hill at the 22 km mark (from the Pemberton side).  We saw two other vehicles on Hurley, so we are not the only ones making it over.

The sections of the Hurley that are not covered with snow are in great shape, but watch out for large rocks on the road.

Both trips were made in the morning when the temperatures were at or below freezing.  Making it through the snow covered sections of the Hurley might be more difficult if the temperatures were higher and the snow was soft.  We saw some deep tire ruts in the snow which were likely from a vehicle that crossed later in the day when the snow had softened.

We made the trips in a 2009 modified Jeep and stock 1993 Nissan Pathfinder.  Both vehicles had good AT/MT tires and we were prepared for self recovery.

East Hurley split on Easter weekend.  Photo by Jon

East Hurley split on Easter weekend. Photo by Jon Van Netten

Hurley summit on Monday April 6

Hurley summit on Monday April 6.  Photo by Gerry Woods

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Spring Update #2

Spring temperatures are still in effect and the Hurley is melting fast!  Some trucks have reported making  it over while the temps are cold in the morning at the summit however the road is in rough shape at the summit with iced up bumps from the sleds & is not recommended for driving just yet.   Be prepared for self rescue if you attempt to go over because if things don’t go as planned  you will likely be the only vehicle up there!   There is snow/ice at the summit for several km’s north to Hope Creek where the snow turns into dirt until Green Mt where there is another few km of snow and then it’s dirt to Gold Bridge.   The snow/ice surface is softening up in the warm weather and there are reports of some vehicles getting stuck.  It looks like the valley rain fell as snow at higher elevations last night but the amount is unknown at this time.

Ashley and his adventurous boys Leo & Samuel drove over yesterday in their ATV with a trailer and reported it was no problem with quite a bit of snow still at the summit but 6 inches or less everywhere else.  Thanks for the report and photos boys!  Please email info@bridgerivervalley.ca if you have Hurley conditions to report.

Leo & Samuel at the Hurley summit

Leo & Samuel at the Hurley summit

Leo & Samuel on the dirt section of the Hurley after Hope Creek

Leo & Samuel on the dirt section of the Hurley after Hope Creek

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Spring Update

It seems like forever since we last saw snow fall in the Bridge River Valley!  Spring is in full effect with very little snow left in the valley.  If this warm weather keeps up it won’t be long until the Hurley is open to traffic.  There is a big stretch of dirt at Hope Creek and on the East Hurley so snowmobiles are unable to make it over to Bralorne.  Unfortunately it is not drivable with a vehicle yet due to snow  and whoop-de-doos at the summit.  Side by sides have been making it over for lunch at Sally’s Pub in Bralorne.  Thanks to  Nadia Samer for the photo.

 

Hurley in February

Hope Creek on the Hurley in late February. Photo by Nadia Samer

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Road closed – landslide

UPDATE Feb 5

The Lillooet River FSR is now open!  There is vehicle access to 8km parking lot at Railway Creek Bridge.

From 5km to 6km ABSOLUTELY NO STOPPING.  There are still rocks and debris rolling down from time to time. Signs are in place.

Tuesday Feb 10th the road will be plowed past 17km to the steel bridge where ample parking will be made for snowmobilers.

After that date industrial traffic will be on the road.  Watch for logging trucks especially coming down early in the morning as you’re heading up to sled.

Jan 29 – Rock avalanche at 6km on the Lillooet River FSR.  Crews are on scene controlling traffic (road is closed), geotech assessment is underway.  Industrial road users are all aware.  MFLNRO Malcolm Schulz anticipates a 2 – 3 day closure, but more will be known shortly.  Check the MFLNRO website for updates: http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/dsq/Engineering/dsq_engineering.htm

Road closed due to rock slide

Road closed due to rock slide

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Snow Update #11

Everyone has been wondering what conditions are like on the Hurley and now we know thanks to Ashley and his kids who made the trip over on the weekend & sent in a report.  Temps were cold -16c and the road surface was frozen enough to drive a quad over.   Over a metre of snow fell at the summit the weekend before and it was followed by rain so conditions are firm but with the rising temperatures in the forecast the road surface will deteriorate fast.   Vehicle travel is still not recommended but if you are up on the Hurley send us a photo report to share!  info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Hurley summit on December 1st

Hurley summit on December 1st

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Snow Update #10 – Road Closed

Conditions on the Hurley have reached that point where you may or may not make it over!   Travel is not recommended for most drivers and be prepared for self rescue if you do attempt to drive.  Alternate access to the valley is via Lillooet and Road 40.  Update:  Heavy snow fell to the valley bottom Tuesday night and the Hurley is probably closed for the season now.

Thanks to Sue for the latest update:

Went over Hurley yesterday afternoon (Monday).
Passed two trucks going the other way within 5km of Gold Bridge – so thought I would be in good shape.  In the jeep with 4×4 and good winter tires.
By the time I got within a couple of km of summit the tracks of the trucks were covered by snow.  I got stuck 300m from summit and had to chain up two tires.  Made it over but saw that someone else had turned around about 300m from the summit on the other side.  It was dumping up there at 4.30 pm.

Drivers should be prepared for all 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 user updated so if you have conditions to report please email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

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Snow Update #9

Approx 10 inches of new snow has fallen at the Hurley summit since late last week.    Conditions yesterday: There was snow most of the way heading from Goldbridge to 17 K going down the Pemberton side.  The snow was sticky and traction was good at the time.  Thanks to Jeff Browne for the latest update and photo taken on Sunday afternoon.

Drivers should be prepared for all driving conditions.  Winter driving skills, 4 x4 and good snow tires are essential for travel at this time of the year.  Chains and 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 user updated so if you have conditions to report please email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Hurley Conditions on Sunday Nov 23 at 4.30pm

Hurley Conditions on Sunday Nov 23 at 4.30pm

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