Unsafe speeds on the Hurley

This week the grader operator had a couple of close calls with vehicles driving too fast on the Hurley.  If this keeps up, they may have to hire flag persons to control the sections of road that are being worked on.  This will mean less funds will be available for grading.  They don’t want to go there but will not put the grader operator at risk.  Please drive slow and respect the operator.  Thank you!

Grading the Hurley

Grading the Hurley

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First reports for 2016

The first driver reports of the Hurley are in! Thanks to Albert Bush from Valley Chainsaw in Pemberton for the update and photos!  Al went for a Hurley adventure last night in his Commander with his dog Stihl and friend Morgan on his dirt bike.  Snow levels at the summit are very low for this time of the year.  The snow is melting fast at the summit and the rest of the road is already very dry and dusty.  There are a few snowy/icy sections of road left on the Pemberton side of the summit but they will melt out fast in this warm sunny weather.   Debbie Demare went over the Hurley early this morning for a SLRD meeting in Pemberton and reported temps of -1c at the summit.  Vehicles without good tires may have some issues on the icy sections until it melts out in a few days.  The summit has been cleared to one vehicle wide but Tom made pullouts every 400m or so. The Pemberton side is smoother than the Gold Bridge side which is quite rough.  Grading has not started yet but should be done before the long weekend.

The Hurley Summit with Stihl

Stihl the dog at the Hurley summit

First vehicles over the Hurley

First vehicles over the Hurley for 2016

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Hurley is Open for 2016!

The Hurley is open for the 2016 season!  Thanks to FLNRO for hiring local contractor Tom Illidge to get it done way before the long weekend. Tom did a great job as usual.  Road conditions may be muddy and bumpy until the road dries out and is graded.  Drive safe and enjoy your adventure over the Hurley Road!

The BC Forest Safety Council has issued an updated Resource Road User Safety Guide.  Two versions are out now, one for passenger vehicles and one for off road vehicles.  The new safety guides can be read on the Driving the Hurley page on this website.

 

Hurley Open 2016

The Hurley is open for the 2016 season

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Snow Removal Update

The Hurley has been cleared for takeoff!  The Avalanche Technician go ahead has been given to start snow removal.

The snow pack , while slightly above normal years in total, is a full 2-3 weeks ahead of normal in melting.  In the graph below, you will see we are already down to mid-May levels.

Spring clearing of the snow is planned to start late this week.  A crew will be working with heavy machinery to get the road open so please stay out of their way and let them get the job done. We will provide an update when the road is open for traffic.

Please respect the road as it needs a little time to dry up so it doesn’t get all rutted up – we don’t want all the resurfacing done last fall to get totally messed up.  Grading on the rest of the road will begin as soon as possible.

Image below from the latest  Green Mt Snow Pillow Report

Green Mt Snow Pillow

Green Mt Snow Pillow Data

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Spring Update 2016

Good news about the Hurley opening!  Ken Conway-Brown, FLNRO Cascade Forest District roads technician was out to Gold Bridge yesterday.  A tender contract has been signed with local contractor Tom Illidge to open the Hurley. FLNRO is still waiting for avy clearance from the MOTi avalanche technicians.  Tom will be going out later this week, early next to assess snow depth etc. and will be opening the Hurley  based on that assessment and staying within the budget , and of course when the avy risk is assessed as ok– it’s a bit of a balancing act.  Grading the snow free parts of the road will begin shortly. Another update will be provided soon.

Big thank you to Ken and FLNRO for the “on the bit” job they are doing this year.  It really is a pleasure to have certainty about what is happening!

The BC Forest Safety Council has issued an updated Resource Road User Safety Guide.  Two versions are out now, one for passenger vehicles and one for off road vehicles.  The new safety guides can be read on the Driving the Hurley page on this website.

Today we took a drive up the Hurley to see the conditions.  The snow starts at the 26km mark from Gold Bridge.   Some parts of the road are in bad shape, especially around Green Mt where there was winter logging.  The new logging has opened up a viewpoint and the views are stunning!  More updates will be posted as they come in.

Avalanche debris from the February slide off Green Mt

Avalanche debris from the February slide off Green Mt

Snow road at Donnelly Creek

Snow road at Donnelly Creek

New view of Green Mt

New view of Green Mt

New view of the Dickson Range

New view of Mt Penrose and the Dickson Range

Road is rough in parts

Road is rough in parts

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Green Mt Avalanche

An avalanche has recently come down on the Hurley off Green Mt and covers the road.  This is between the East Hurley split and Gold Bridge.   There is a route through the debris.  The Bridge River Valley Snowmobile Club groomed the East Hurley yesterday from the steel bridge all the way up to the Sunshine Cabin.  Thanks to Ray for the photo and update!

Green Mt avalanche on the Hurley

Green Mt avalanche on the Hurley.  Photo by Ray

 

 

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Hurley Hazzards

A special Avalanche Warning  has been issued for most of the BC mountains and includes the Hurley area at least until Monday Jan 25th when the new bulletin comes out.  Always check www.Avalanche.ca before heading out on the Hurley and always look up and don’t stop in slide paths!

Sledders heading to Bralorne should also be aware that there are trees down on the road and an electrical fire has started caused by downed power lines.  BC Hydro has been notified.

debris covers 80 feet of road

Image from Jan 2012  Avalanche debris covers 80 feet of road on the Hurley

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Green Mt Winter Logging

Aspen Planers will be harvesting in the Hurley/Green Mountain/Gwyneth Lake area starting January 15 and going to break up in March, recommencing in May and completing in June. They will be harvesting 4 Cut Blocks and there will be about 10 loads a day hauling out of there.  The Tan with Red outline are the Cut Blocks in the map below.

Aspen have cleared a turnout/parking area just past the Green Mt turn off at 8 km on the Hurley from the Gold Bridge side.  Snowmobilers and pickups can stage at that site for their activities. Active logging signs posted on either side.   The rest of the Hurley River Rd. down to Gold Bridge will be plowed.

GreenMtLogging

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Winter Update

Thanks to Ray Mason from Totally Awesome Adventures for the latest update.

As late as last week there were reports of trucks attempting to cross the Hurley and getting very badly stuck.

The road is very definitely closed officially and unofficially to vehicle traffic but it is in great shape for sledding.  The FSR sign at the pass is showing only the top foot of the sign so there is currently approximately 5 feet at the summit on the road and approximately 6.5 feet (2 m) in the alpine.

This is a really awesome post about the current conditions for sledding in the area by Julie Ann Chapman -She Shreds Mountain Adventures

Check Avalanche conditions before heading out

Thanks to Ken Conway Brown at the Cascades Forest District the statistics are in for the mid-May to mid-October traffic (both ways) averaging 91 vehicles a day.  Two heavy days were on the May long weekend with 270 trips on one day and the September long weekend with 400 trips on one of the days.

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Photo at the Hurley summit by Ray Mason

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Snow Update 5

Snow fell to the valley bottom last night and the Hurley is probably getting pretty deep up there now.   Reports in of some prepared & experienced drivers still making it over yesterday!

The alternate route into the Bridge River Valley was  closed today due to a rock slide  but DriveBC.ca is reporting the road has re-opened to single lane alternating traffic.

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 at this time of the year.  A survival/safety kit are good things to carry in your truck & be prepared for self rescue.   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.

Sunday:  I returned over the Hurley Sunday afternoon .  The groomer has groomed it over to his exit at the side valley.  The ruts were deep on the Pembi side.  I rescued two snowmobilers whose track had melted onto its new runners.  We freed the track the passenger rode with me back to rail road creek bridge.  All warnings are correct . Can be traveled with high clearance vehicles who may need their chains, shovels and sleeping bags. Thanks to Bryan’s Auto Body for the latest update!

Friday: I drove over the Hurley on Friday Nov.13. Was pretty good but would recommend chains on all four tires and be prepared to dig if you need to pull over or meet oncoming traffic. It was snowing so maybe harder to pass now. Must have 4×4 ,excellent tires and lots of deep snow driving experience. Bring sand bags.

Allan Crawford
Canadian Wilderness Adventures

Hurley on Friday 13th.  Photo by Allan Crawford

Hurley on Friday 13th. Photo by Allan Crawford

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Snow Update 4

Reports in after the storm last night that conditions were deep and icy and several trucks were stuck and the snow cat couldn’t get by!   More snow is in the forecast.  It’s that time of the year to start driving through Lillooet to get to the Bridge River Valley.   It’s longer but it’s a beautiful drive.

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 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 based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

Time to get the sleds out on the Hurley!

It’s almost sledding time on the Hurley! Photo from winter 2014

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Snow Update 3

No reports yet on what condition the Hurley is in after the storm yesterday.  From what we can see through the clouds today, it looks like the freezing level did rise and icy conditions are possible.

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 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 based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

The most recent report is from Wednesday afternoon when Ashley, Leo & Samuel came across and sent in the photo below.

Hurley conditions on Wednesday afternoon before the storm on Thursday

Hurley conditions on Wednesday afternoon before the storm on Thursday.  Photo by Ashley

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Snow Update 2

The Hurley pass is covered in snow for about 5kms at the top.  Snow is 12 inches deep at the pullout at the top of the pass.  The road has seen lots of traffic this weekend and there is a one way track through the snow which is probably icy in the mornings and evenings.  At 4pm the temps were zero on the Pemberton side of the summit and -1c  at the top and down to Gold Bridge and earlier in the day at 10am it was  -1c/-2c.   Click here to watch video from the Hurley on Sunday afternoon

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 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 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!

Hurley on Sunday morning

Hurley on Sunday morning

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Snow on the Hurley

Update Nov 8:   Reports in of 6 to 8 inches of new snow on the Hurley.  Check back for another post with photos tonight!

Snow on the summit of the Hurley today!  It’s  muddy and slippery in spots.  The road is in pretty good shape but it’s starting to get mud ruts in the new surface with all the rain and snow.  The road surfacing project has been completed for the year.

It’s that time of the year and snow can fall on the Hurley at anytime.  Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and winter driving conditions.   Email new road condition updates to info@bridgerivervalley.ca.

A local Bralorne resident lost some personal belongings on the Hurley a few weeks ago after a vehicle accident and is looking to have them returned with a reward offered.  Please see the poster at the bottom of this post for more information.  Give Mike a call if you have any information.  Thanks!

Snow on the Hurley earlier today

Snow on the Hurley earlier today

Muddy, slushy conditions by the afternoon

Muddy, slushy conditions by the afternoon

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Road Surfacing Completed

UPDATE from Thursday:  The road surfacing project has been completed for this year!

The summit area has been done to about 1-2km past the summit going north.  Today, Tuesday they were working on surfacing the upper switchbacks.   Road closures are possible from 8am to 6pm with openings every 2 hours.  Thanks to SLRD Director Debbie Demare for the update!  If you have a road update to share email info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Hurley road work

Hurley is looking nice and smooth!

Hurley machinery

Hurley machinery

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