UPDATE Friday 19th – The deck replacement work on the steel bridge has been completed. There are reports that someone on a side by side got stuck in the snow and had to leave their vehicle on the Pemberton side. The temps are warming up and the snow is rotten and deep so please do not attempt to drive the Hurley because you will get stuck!
The long cold spring is taking its toll on plans to open the Hurley FSR by May long weekend.
FLNRO officials have made every effort to assess and be ready to go, however the amount of snow, the very slow snow melt and the sustained avalanche risk under Green Mt are delaying the start of snow clearing.
The Hurley FSR snow amounts will be assessed again on Wednesday, May 17. The plan is currently to begin snow clearing on Tuesday, May 23 with a likely opening sometime in the week of May 29. Updates will be posted as they come in.
This remains subject to the avalanche risk in the Green Mountain paths. The weather is predicted to warm up a lot this coming weekend and this may bring the release of the majority of the snow pack still sitting up there.
The steel bridge deck replacement is now slated to begin on Wednesday, May 17.
There are two alternate routes into the Bridge River Valley - Road 40 from Lillooet and the Highline Road from D’arcy. Both offer spectacular scenery. For a more adventurous drive in a 4wd vehicle, the Highline climbs up and above Anderson Lake with narrow, windy sections. Watch for oncoming traffic and wildlife, take your time and enjoy the drive!