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 I expect a widespread avalanche cycle. 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 April 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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Nov 13 Weekly Update

Nov 14 Update 8.30am: Road is graded and has gravel and in good condition until about 2km before the summit where snow accumulation picks up and the road is no longer maintained. Some slippery patches from about 20km down to 16km where the heavy snow changes to light snow and then to rain as you descend down to Pemberton. Definitely 4×4 needed but still passable. Thanks to Sharron for the update and photo.

Nov 13 Updates:

5pm: Drove up to Gold Bridge from Squamish tonight 4-7:30. Grader has been through. And still going. 4 x 4 and snow tires are mandatory. Some sections rutted out but otherwise passable. Thanks to Cris for the update!

1pm: We drove the Hurley in our SUV this afternoon around 12:30pm. It was slippery in a few spots but definitely passable in 4 wheel drive. Everyone was moving pretty slowly and I wouldn’t have been comfortable in 2 wheel drive or a low vehicle. The logging company had cleared a few areas but it wasn’t fully plowed.  Thanks to Lisa 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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November 14

November 14

Hurley Nov 13

Hurley Nov 13

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November 4 Weekly Update

Nov 12 Update: Drove over the Hurley today (Nov 12) from Gold Bridge. 5 km either side of the Pass app 1.5 feet of snow. Drove in ruts if thankfully similar sized truck (Pathfinder). Was not plowed past point where grade starts up to pass. Closure imminent if no further plowing. Thanks to Allan for the update!

Nov 8 Update: The road is in really good condition. Plowed two lanes all the way with compact snow. Potential to turn icy when temps drop, it is above zero up there today. Lower switchbacks no snow but icy sections related to where the water runs. Approx 6-8 inches of new material on the lower switchbacks. Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest update.

Nov 4 update from the logging company: The road will be plowed until there is enough snow that it’s no longer feasible at the pass.  It will be plowed in both directions, Aspen has a timber sale along the FSR before the steel bridge as well.  We are thinking this month will be okay and hoping to make it to Xmas.

Nov 2 update: The new snow on the Hurley has been cleared to 20km from the Pemberton side with 3-4 inches of snow from there to Gold Bridge with several vehicle tracks. Watch for logging trucks. Thanks to Kristy 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 2

Hurley Nov 2

 

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Oct 24 Update

Oct 29 Update: Hurley is in great shape and more material is being put on the Pemberton switchbacks. The Lillooet FSR has some huge potholes hiding under the leaves. Thanks to John for the photo and update.

Oct 24: The Hurley has been graded and is back to 2 way traffic.  Yesterday the grader was working in some spots. Some muddy sections and fog. Thanks to Sharron for the photo update! The weather forecast is for sun all week so conditions should stay the same. Watch out for logging trucks!

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 October 29

Hurley October 29

Hurley Oct 23

Hurley Oct 23

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Oct 22 Update

The first Hurley reports are in after all the rain last night.

Sunday afternoon update: Still not plowed. 24-30 inches at the summit. One way traffic for 3km at the top. Chains mandatory. Not suitable for cars! Thanks to Randy for the update.  More reports in Sunday evening and the road has seen lots of one-way traffic and the tracks have compacted even more, chains not required but are nice to have if needed!

Sunday morning: Driving a Tacoma 4×4 with Mud and Snows and no chains, made it to about 13/14km on the Pemberton side and was spinning out on the frozen under layer under the new snow so she pulled the smart move and turned around. The pic was taken around 10:45am Sunday. Thanks to Heather and Jen for the update!

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 summit Oct 22 at 4pm

Hurley summit Oct 22 at 4pm

Hurley Oct 22 13/14km

Hurley Oct 22 13/14km on the Pemberton side at 10.45am

 

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October 21 Update

The logging company cleared snow off the Hurley with the grader and conditions on Friday were good. Thanks to Tony Guarascio for the update and photos. New update in from Saturday morning – snowing lightly and -3 at the summit. Thanks to Jim Blair for the update and photo!
Thanks to Heather Roberts for this update from 6pm Saturday night – Snowing lightly at the pass. Easy drive for a truck with mud & snows.

Saturday night rain was heavy at times and a total of 18mm fell at Gun Lake. The condition of the Hurley is unknown as of Sunday morning Oct 22.

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 6pm Sat Oct 21

Hurley 6pm Sat Oct 21

Hurley summit Saturday Oct 20

Hurley summit Saturday Oct 21 8am

Hurley Summit Oct 19

Hurley Summit Oct 20

Hurley by Gwenyth Lake Oct 19

Hurley by Gwenyth Lake Oct 20

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Oct 18 Snow Update

Heavy snow fell all day to the valley bottom and reports of 20 inches at the Hurley summit. The plow was working to clear the road for the logging trucks and by the time he turned around there was another 8 inches at the top.  Reports of some vehicles getting stuck. The road can be snowy, icy or slushy in spots.

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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Oct 16 Update

The Hurley had been plowed on Sunday Oct 15.  The road is muddy and slushy in spots. Thanks to Jeff Browne for the photo and update.

More snow is forecast for this week. The rest of the road is in good shape. Watch out for logging trucks and other heavy machinery. The Goat Mt Produce Stand is still open!

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.  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 summit October 15

Hurley summit October 15

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Oct 13 Update

Last night almost a foot of snow fell at the summit of the Hurley. There was no snow removal done by the logging company today but temps are warming up and the snow melted a bit through the day. The rest of the road is in good shape. Watch out for logging trucks and other heavy machinery. The Goat Mt Produce Stand is still open!

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.  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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Approaching the Hurley summit Oct 13

Approaching the Hurley summit Oct 13

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First snow of the season!

Its that time of the year again when snow can fall on the Hurley at anytime! It was snowing lightly at -1c on Tuesday and Wednesday morning there was snow on the road for a few km’s around the summit area. The logging company has graded the road again and it’s in good shape. The hills on the Pemberton side were a bit icy this morning and it was better by the afternoon. Watch out for logging trucks and other heavy machinery. The Goat Mt Produce Stand is still open!

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.  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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Snow at the Hurley summit on Oct 10 2017

Snow at the Hurley summit on Oct 10 2017

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Logging Update

The forestry activities in the Hope Creek Rd. area of the Hurley FSR is a cutting permit being operationalized by Interwest Timber. There will be additional road building activities this coming week adjacent to the FSR at Waterfalls Creek – 17 km.     Expect to see large equipment (excavators etc) and signage will be put up to warn drivers.

Additionally, active logging signs will be put up.    You need to expect logging trucks well into late fall early winter going either direction – west to Pemberton or east to Gold Bridge. The company anticipates continuing to use the Hurley FSR into snow and there may be some plowing.  They will keep us updated as things change or continue.

The crews on the road this past week are noticing one thing, people are driving way too fast, in fact dangerously on the road.   We encourage everyone to slow down – its not fun to be in an accident way up there – it is hard to get emergency crews up there to help you.   You also don’t want to endanger other people and put them in that position either.

Unfortunately there are dishonest people in our area and this is a message from the Goat Mountain Produce Stand: STOP STEALING! We have been having unreal amounts of theft for the past few weeks. At this point, it is barely worth continuing if a change does not happen soon. It is too much work to be loosing so much. IF THEFT CONTINUES WE WILL BE SHUTTING DOWN AT THE END OF THIS MONTH. We ask that everyone keeps their eyes out for any culprits. Thank you!

The website volunteers will do our best to stay on this and try and keep everyone well informed, we need your help though!  Please email us your updates and photos as this is a user maintained website.  Email to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Goat Mt Produce Stand

Goat Mt Produce Stand

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September 20 Update

Hurley T-Shirts are in stock again and we have placed an order for more hats. Stay tuned for their arrival! T-Shirts are available on the website now! All proceeds go towards the maintenance of this website.

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest Hurley update.

The Hurley FSR was a beehive of activity this morning.The grader is still working on the lower switchbacks. Watch for those sharp rocks!
I met three logging trucks coming from Pemberton. Watch for these both directions.
Near Hope Creek there are two large excavators on the Hurley road, looks like they are doing road work on the Hurley or on a logging road leading to it. 
It has been raining and the section from Tenquille Lake turnoff up is a bit slippery between the fresh grading and the water.  My vehicle is now muddy.RR 19 is the radio channel.

Grading the Hurley

Grading the Hurley

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Grading

The Hurley is being graded! Yesterday at lunch time the grader was at about the 30km mark and started at the Gold Bridge side. The Pemberton side is still pretty rough.  The summit visibility was poor with a mix of cloud and smoke. Rain fell on and off all day yesterday.

Hurley summit smoke & cloud

Hurley summit combination of smoke & cloud on September 8th

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Grading Update

The Hurley is in rough shape after a busy and dry summer. The topic of grading has been discussed with Ministry counterparts around the southern interior. None of them are grading currently and one has even tried with a water truck, with no success. The ground is so dry and the amount of traffic needed to compact the running surface is not available. The moisture from a water truck isn’t helping and some trials were are night to see if that made a difference. At night they found that they were still throwing some sparks from the grader blade, which we do not need at this time. Shorter answer, we think that it is best to wait for some extended periods of rain until we grade the Hurley. We don’t want to just throw money away and want to also stay away from any new fires being started.
0.5mm of rain fell yesterday and another 0.8mm overnight which was barely enough to wet the top layer of dirt. 2.8mm of rain fell on July 20th and that was the first rain in a month! June only had 3.6mm total. This has been an extremely dry summer and a lot more rain fell this winter – 46.5mm of rain fell in January and 42.3mm in February!
Stats taken from the Gun Lake Weather Station
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