Hurley is open!

Snow clearing on the Hurley was completed this afternoon. Streams are running high up there and there is also still the potential for Green Mountain avalanche to come down so there is no stopping between 9 km and 13 km on the Gold Bridge side. Expect muddy and icy patches and watch out for oncoming vehicles in the tight spots.  Thanks to Tom Illidge for getting it done!

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Hurley snow clearing is complete!

Hurley snow clearing is complete!

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Hurley Opening Update 4

Tom is out to around 34 km from Gold Bridge. He’s into the deep and hard snow now. We are expecting the road will be opened early next week sometime. Thanks to machine operator Tom Illidge for the update and photos of his work day yesterday. More updates will be posted as they come in.

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Tom clearing the snow

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Snowbanks on the Hurley

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Tom’s huge cat looks small behind the big snowbanks!

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Hurley Opening Update 3

Winter is holding on at the Hurley summit and there is still 5.5 feet of snow up there!  Snow removal will start on Thursday from the Gold Bridge side and we expect the road to be open sometime the week of May 29th. Another update will be made when the actual date of opening is known.

Hurley Open 2016

Tom Illidge clearing the Hurley in 2016

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Hurley Opening Update 2

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!

View from the Highline Road

View from the Highline Road looking at Anderson Lake and Seton Portage

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Hurley Opening update

Rain is expected on the Hurley Thurs/Friday and the FLNRO avy technician analysis is if the Green Mtn avy path’s don’t come down then,  the risk is about the same as driving on the Duffy  i.e. lower. They feel that crews doing road work can travel in and out at that point more safely. The plan is to replace the steel bridge deck next Tuesday to Friday.

On Saturday there will be another assessment of snow depths on Hurley steel bridge to Pembie side and then determination will be made if clearing will start.  Next update likely Sunday and frequently as possible after that.

Thanks to FLNRO for the update and the photo.

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Hurley Spring Update

Lots of people are asking if the Hurley is passable with a truck and the answer is no not yet!  We are expecting an opening update later this week after the avalanche conditions have been assessed. Most of the Green Mountain slide paths did not slide naturally and the avalanche danger is rated at considerable to high which is preventing any work being done until after the assessment. Other parts of the Hurley are currently being assessed. The snowpack this year is more in the normal range and as of Saturday there was 9 feet at the summit and 75 inches on the 2km of road each side of the summit.

Thanks to Ray Mason from Totally Awesome Adventures  for this update and photo below.  Ray says “Yesterday I went by there and it is about a foot lower than the photo. Trail is in good shape if anyone wants to head up Face. Unloading sleds on the Pemberton side about 1Km above the Tenquille steel bridge.” 

Early May Hurley Summit conditions

Early May Hurley summit conditions. Photo by Ray Mason

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Hurley Closed for the Winter

Thanks to Kathy from Backcountry Snowcats for this update. Snow is deep on the road and it is closed to trucks for the season and snowmobile traffic has started. The big rock is still on the road and will be hard to see in some conditions once it is covered in snow. Sledders watch out for the rock, it takes up half the road and is as tall as a truck! The rock is on the road near 29km. Right where the river is gouging the road just S of the Donnelly bridge.

Heavy snow fell to the valley bottom this week.  The only access to the Bridge River Valley is Road 40 via Lillooet. The Highline Road is closed for bridge repair from December to February. Always check Drive BC for the latest road conditions before driving Road 40.

If you have a winter Hurley update to share email info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Have a great winter and always check the Avalanche conditions before heading out! Check out the SheShreds.ca site for the Sea to Sky snowmobile ride report.

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Snow Update Nov 20

As of 1:15pm Sunday Nov 20  the big rock is still on the road. The summit has 25-30 cm and was 0 deg at 1:30. Road is very passable. Snow from Goldbridge to halfway down to Tenquile turnoff. Thanks to Randy Perazzo for the update and photos!

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

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.  Have a safe drive!

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Hurley Summit Nov 20

Hurley Summit Nov 20

Watch out for the rock!

Watch out for the rock!

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Snow Update Nov 18

Hurley summit Friday Nov 18 2.30pm. The temp was -3.  About 15cm of snow on the sides.  The big rock is still on the road and the road is a bit icy in that area. Thanks to Randy Perazzo for the update and photo.

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

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.  Have a safe drive!

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Summit Nov 18

Summit Nov 18

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Snow Update Nov 14

Nov 15 – Light snow to the valley bottom and 15cm  snow up on the Hurley. -2c at 1pm today. Thanks to Mark for the photo.

Nov 14 – The big rock is still on the road. It was supposed to be moved last week by one of the logging companies but it hasn’t been as of yet. Thanks to Lyn for the update & photo!

Temps have cooled down a bit and snow has returned to the summit of the Hurley. 6 inches this morning and by the afternoon was down to dirt in the tracks. Thanks to Squamish Lillooet Regional Director Debbie Demare for the update and photo.

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

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.  Have a safe drive!

Order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, beer cozies and mini-flashlights on green or blue lanyards.   Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise. Thank you for your updates and support!

Hurley at 2pm Tuesday Nov 15

Hurley at 2pm Tuesday Nov 15

New snow on the Hurley Nov 14

New snow on the Hurley Nov 14

Watch out for the rock!

Watch out for the rock!

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Lillooet FSR open after flooding

4.20pm Thursday Nov 10 – The water levels have dropped and all roads in Pemberton are open after the flood,including the Lillooet FSR.  A logging contractor will move the big rock off the road tomorrow. See below.

A big rock let go and slid down onto the road near 29km. Right where the river is gouging the road just S of the Donnelly bridge. It’s a big one, as tall as my truck. Had to pull a small chunk out of the way to get thru but vehicles can get by. Thanks to Kathy from Backcountry Snowcats for the report.

Thursday Nov 10 – The Lillooet FSR remains closed today due to flooding after the bridge and this has cut off access to the Hurley.

DriveBC.ca is reporting a washout in Pemberton that will impact access to the Hurley.  Check the Drive BC website for updates. The Lillooet FSR has also flooded the road just past the bridge at the start of the Hurley. Photos of the flooding can be seen at this link on Facebook

Conditions on the Hurley Tuesday Nov 8 are warm with heavy rain. Temp at the summit 7c at 7pm. Lots of water on the road with deep potholes.

High Flood Warning

Highway 99 Both directions – Pemberton Meadows Road is closed 23 km north of Pemberton, due to washout. Motorists are advised to watch for high water levels near creeks, roads, and bridges in the Pemberton area. Please slow down and use caution. Updated on Tue Nov 8 9:00 pm PST.

FLNRO will be replacing the bridge deck on the steel bridge in the spring.  Their plan is today prior to Hurley opening.  As you may have noticed, the bridge has developed some large holes at one end.

Also the bridge at 16.5 km (the first bridge after the steel bridge headed up to the summit) has also developed a large hole.  It looks like folks tried to fill it with rocks and logs and a grader has been over and that helped it a bit.  This also will be repaired by FLNRO in the spring.

If you’re been over lately you’ll notice a roller has been sitting at the Pemberton end.  The lower switchbacks were also rolled last time it was graded.  The rolling of the lower switchbacks and potentially the hill down to Gold Bridge will continue next year.

We are following up with Interwest who has a cutting permit planned in the Hope Creek area to see their timeline on that.  They will need to grade the road and that may free up the other budget for doing enhanced infrastructure work such as material in stretches, brushing etc.  We will stay in touch with you on this as the hauling will require everyone to use extra caution.

Watch out for the large vehicle sized rock on the road

Watch out for the large vehicle sized rock on the road

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Snow Update Nov 3

Sunday Nov 6 – Rain at the Hurley summit, temps plus 2. Thanks to Randy Perazzo for the latest update and photo!

Saturday Nov 5 – Rain at the Hurley summit.

Conditions on the Hurley Nov 2 – 8am – 5cm snow, temp -1c and snowing lightly. 8pm – 15cm snow, temp 0c with light rain. There are reports that a contractor  lost some tools and parts out of the back of his truck on Nov 1. A box of nails fell off at the bottom on the Pemberton side approx marker 2km and nails are all over the road. Watch out for flat’s around this section! – Update – the contractor went back to the site and has cleaned up the nails and broken tools.

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

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.  Have a safe drive!

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Thank you for your updates and support!

Hurley summit Nov 6

Hurley summit Nov 6

Hurley summit 8am Nov 2

Hurley summit 8am Nov 2

Hurley summit 8pm Nov 2

Hurley summit 8pm Nov 2

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Snow Update Oct 28

Thanks to John Elzinga for the latest Hurley update and photo from Sunday 30th – A beautiful day for the Hurley!   Road is clear with the usual collection of washboard and potholes. There is a hole forming in the bridge deck at the Hurley River crossing located at the East Hurley Rd junction.

Thanks to Natalie for the latest Hurley update and photo from 9am Friday 28.  This was the worst it got at the summit, and barely for about 4 km.  No snow on the road. Raining at the top. Smooth sailing!

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

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.  Have a safe drive!

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Thank you for your updates and support!

Hurley Oct 30

Hurley Oct 30

Hurley October 28

Hurley October 28

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Snow Update Oct 26

Thanks to Sal Demare for the latest Hurley update from 3.30pm this afternoon. Snowing at the summit 0 degrees. Expect more snow to fall tonight as the temps cool down. This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below.

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.  Have a safe drive!

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Thank you for your updates and support!

Hurley at 3.30pm Oct 26

Hurley at 3.30pm Oct 26

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Snow Update Oct 20-25

As of 7.30am on Oct 25th the road is still in the same condition as below. Rain at the summit and snow on the sides of the road. Thanks to Debbie Demare for the update.

Thanks to local Remax realtor Dave Sharpe for the latest Hurley update from Thursday night.  Just about a 5 km stretch of snow at the top of the Hurley that is currently getting rain soaked. The conditions are the same for Friday. Thanks to Sandra for the update and photo!

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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Thank you for your updates and support!

Hurley October 21

Hurley October 21

Hurley October 20

Hurley October 20

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