Opening Update #1

We have the first Hurley opening update from BJ Moore, Engineering Officer with FLNRO.  BJ contacted the Avalanche Tech  a week and a half ago. They said that at the lower and mid-levels of Green and Sloan mountains had come down and were ok. The higher level zones might still avalanche and could reach the road.  BJ will be contacting them again to find out where the higher avalanche zones are at now. A report by Cathie Milne from Backcountry Snowcats said that at the summit of the pass there was 6’ of hard packed snow. Squamish Mills is going to look to see how far up they can go from the Pemberton side and start grading if possible while the road is still closed.  The contract for Tom Illidge and Squamish Mills are in place and ready to go once the Avalanche risk is abated.  More updates will be posted as soon as we receive them.

This site is based on Hurley driver updates so please email new road conditions to info@bridgerivervalley.ca or post in the comments below. Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support!

Green Mt slide paths from previous years

Green Mt slide paths from previous years

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April Update

It’s that time of the year when people start wondering when the Hurley will be open. It’s still winter and sledding season up there and the road won’t open to vehicle traffic until at least the May long weekend. Updates will be posted here as soon as we have them.
Thanks to Corbin for the latest update and photo from April 10.
Between 6-7km up from Pemberton side, the snow is to soft and slushy to pass easily,  my locked truck just sank with the camper on it, I wasn’t even gonna waste my time chaining up.
7km from the Pemberton side

7km from the Pemberton side

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Avalanche Danger

Please read the information below regarding high avalanche danger on the Lillooet FSR and Hurley parking areas from Conny Amelunxen the Innergex contracted Avalanche Professional.

As of this last storm several avalanche paths reached the threshold snow values required to produce snow avalanches. In the storm of Jan 3/4 number of size 2 (possibly larger) avalanches reached the road. My concern is the zone between Km 3-7. There is a parking lot that is always busy with snowmobilers at Km 8.5, the Hurley FSR junction.

There is another 40-80 mm of precipitation forecast for tomorrow night and Wednesday. This may or may not come as snow. I figure that if we see 25 cm of snow in the 3-7 km zone we could see avalanches that would be damaging to vehicles and potentially fatal to people on foot or a snowmobile.

Once we hit that mark of 25-30cm in that zone we will pull out our road contractors due to the elevated risk. The slopes are such that explosives will not do much unless they are delivered from the air, but there are goats in that zone so we are restricted. At that low elevation I expect the precipitation in this storm to change to rain and quickly stabilize the snowpack, but this may be a problem that comes up for the next 2-6 weeks until the sun starts keeping the slopes a little warmer.

It is a scenario that has not really come up before for Innergex or the crew that built the facility (CRT). It may be over 20 years since we saw this much snow in that zone.

Regards,
Conny Amelunxen
Avalanche Professional

Please note there are several other avalanche zones on the Hurley that this post does not cover, specifically in the Green Mt and East Hurley areas. Always check the avalanche bulletins before travel and use avalanche awareness skills while on the Hurley Road. This site is user updated, send your winter Hurley updates and photos to info@bridgerivervalley.ca

Green Mt avalanche zones on the Hurley in 2011.  Photo by Frank W Baumann

Green Mt avalanche zones on the Hurley in 2011. Photo by Frank W Baumann

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Hurley Closed

Dec 12. After all the recent snow, the Hurley is closed to vehicle traffic for the winter.

Update from Dec 11: Crossed Hurley summit at about 2:30 today. Moose was on other side. It was -3 and snowing at summit.  Someone stopped because of moose and needed chains to get going again.  Next time I travel Hurley will be on a sled. Saw one truck going opposite way as me (chains) and one sled. Would say, don’t travel it unless you have chains and are ready for an adventure and self rescue. From goldbridge to east Hurley I was barely clearing in the two ruts.  Then from east Hurley for about 12 Kms it is smooth sailing then it’s major snow. Chains required. Thanks to Sue E for the update and photos!

Update from Dec 10: 50cm of snow at the summit and only one vehicle track that came over from the Bralorne side.

Update from Dec 5:  Road is clear, hard packed with slippery sections and -14 at the summit. Thanks to Sue Eckersley for the update and photo

Update from Dec 2: The snow starts a bit before the Tenquille corner and it’s hard pack snow/ice to the East Hurley then mixed with some dirt sections to Gold Bridge, watch for slippery sections.  The Grader has cleared the summit one lane wide with some pullouts. Temp was -10c at 2pm.

The logging company will be finished work this week and it will be the end of the snow plowing.

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, 4×4, 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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support!

Hurley December 11

Hurley December 11

December 5th

December 5th

Hurley Dec 2

Hurley Dec 2

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Nov 23 Update

Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest Hurley update and photo: Came west over the Hurley at 9 am. 5-7 cm fresh in the pass on top of yesterday’s grading/plow. Great shape!

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, 4×4, 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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support!

Nov23

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Nov 22 Update

Thanks to Shawn Sadler for the latest Hurley update and photos:

Traveled Bralorne to Pemberton @ 3pm. Freezing rain on all of east Hurley, very slippery, sheet of ice. East Hurley junction to hope Creek decent. 27km snow, more grip with 6inch fresh snow top of Hurley pass. Hill down from pass took slowly but not too icy. Snow free at 18km.

 

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, 4×4, 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!

Support this website and order your Hurley t-shirts, new oval bumper stickers, can coolers & trucker hats in 3 colours – green/white, black/gold, pink/grey  Click here to purchase Hurley merchandise.  Thank you for your road updates and support!

Hurley summit Nov 22

Hurley summit Nov 22

Hurley lower sections icy Nov 22

Hurley lower sections icy Nov 22

 

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Nov 16 Update

Nov 16 at 10am. We have received another update this morning and conditions have changed since the messy conditions night. Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest update and photos. Came west over the Hurley at 10am. Single lane hard pack to the pass. The grader is working plowing snow from the pass west and was on his way back up. Grader is also working down on the Lillooet FSR!

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, 4×4, 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!

Grader is busy plowing snow to the summit

Grader is busy plowing snow to the summit

Lillooet FSR is being graded!

Lillooet FSR is being graded!

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Nov 15 Update

Nov 15 at 5:30 pm.  The Hurley has snow from about the 22 mark coming from Gold Bridge down to the 10.  Last night was not a fun night. Truck was in slow motion sliding over the bank. A Huge shout out to Kathy from Back country Snowcats. She stumbled across me and did everything in her power to assist.  After a seven hour battle I made it out with the help of chains from Kathy.  Do not travel without chains.  Lesson learned.

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, 4×4, 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!

Truck rolled over the bank

Truck rolled over the bank

 

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Nov 14 Update

Update from Nov 15th: I drove over at 1.00pm. It was raining at the summit and it was a scary drive and lucky I didn’t meet anyone coming the other way, it was very slippery and lots of snow at the summit. The graders were working on the bottom 8km which was nice. There is a grader parked at Hope Creek. Thanks to Reg for the update.

Nov 14: Rain in the valley overnight and over a foot of snow at the Hurley summit, temp -1c. Conditions are slick.

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, 4×4, 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!

Hurley Summit Nov 14

Hurley Summit Nov 14

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Nov 10 Update

Thanks to Robin Naidoo for the latest Hurley update from the weekend. Snow is in the forecast for the next few days so please keep sending in road updates.

Drove the Hurley from Pemberton at about 3pm today.  Most of it was bare and in good condition; towards the summit there was hard-packed snow that was a bit slippery in places, but overall an easy drive with my 4Runner and all-season tires.

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, 4×4, 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!

Hurley Summit Nov 10

Hurley Summit Nov 10

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Nov 6 Update

Thanks to Scott Frizzell for the latest Hurley update and photo. Came west over the Hurley Tuesday morning. Road is bare. 2 degrees and snowing lightly at the pass. Road is good in spots and not so good in others. Lillooet FSR still has lots of pot holes.

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, 4×4, 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!

Nov6

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Oct 28 Update

Thanks to Lauree Carmichael for the latest Hurley update and photo after the snow last night:  1:30 today there was about 6 to 8 inches of snow at the summit, but lots of traffic going through.

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, 4×4, 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!

HurleyOct28

Road conditions Oct 28

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Oct 25 Update

Thanks to Debbie Demare for the latest Hurley update: I travelled Hurley FSR yesterday back and forth. Junction with Lillooet River FSR to Tenquille corner has not been graded. Just west side of summit to Hope Creek, there has been intermittent grading…certainly not a full grade but has dealt with the pothole issues in this section. Hope Creek to first bridge west of Steel Bridge – graded and well done. First Bridge west of Steel Bridge to Gwenyth Lake – needs grading, some sections are ok but others are full of pot holes.  Gwenyth – Gold Bridge  is fine.

Thanks to BJ Moore, Engineering Officer, Cascades Natural Resource District for staying on top of this and providing the latest maintenance update – Our contractor has multiple projects on the go and they will be starting the grading/packing project in the middle of next week. The plan is for a grade on the Lillooet FSR from 0-9km and a grade/pack on the Hurley up to 11km and then a grade up to Hope Creek.

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, 4×4, 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!

pemmeadows

Turn right for the Hurley here on the Pemberton Meadows Road

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October 20 Update

Thanks to Randy Perazzo for the latest Hurley Update: The Lillooet River portion is still horrendous. The Pemberton side up to Semiphore Lake trail head at the summit is not in very good condition and very rough. Semiphore to the 20km marker on the Gold Bridge side has been graded where needed and is in good condition. From 20km to Gold Bridge has not been graded.

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, 4×4, 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!

The cranberries are being harvested in the Upper Pemberton Meadows and the fields of red are spectacular!

Cranberry Harvest in the Pemberton Meadows

Cranberry Harvest in the Pemberton Meadows

 

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Maintenance Update

The Hurley is really rough right now with washboards and huge potholes.  A grader, water truck, & pack will be working from the Pemberton end of the Hurley.  This is planned for next week.   They will touch up the switchbacks and grade up the road for approximately 7 days.  Expect to see crews and potentially flag people and please drive slow and give them space.

The Lillooet River FSR has been reported to have many and large potholes.  This is a different office than the Hurley, can you please email your concerns to Malcolm Schulz. 604 898-2139, Malcolm.Schulz@gov.bc.ca.

The Hope Creek to Gwenyth Lake section also has some sections with potholing.  This section is currently under an industrial user, Interwest Timber Ltd.  FLNRO officials have advised them that it needs to be graded.

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, 4×4, 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!

Grading the Hurley

Grading the Hurley

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