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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Road Closure & Restrictions

Due to the extreme fire danger in the Kamloops Fire Centre, there is currently a ORV ban on all crown land (ATV, dirt bike, side by side) and this includes the Hurley from the summit to Gold Bridge. Vehicles licensed for highway use are permitted on the Hurley Road but are not permitted to go off-road. Hurley drivers are asked to keep an eye out for any fire or smoke. To report a wildfire or irresponsible behaviour call 1 800 663-5555 or *5555 from a cell phone. We shouldn’t have to say this but don’t throw butts out the window!

The Hurley is in rough shape and FLNRO is well aware. It is counter productive to grade in such dry conditions as all the fine material blows away and due to the high fire hazard they are hesitant to put heavy machinery up there right now. They have contacted the industrial road user from the Bridge Main to see if they can grade the Gold Bridge side from the Bridge Main Down.

Pemberton Slow Food Cycle Saturday August 20

Once again this year, in the interest of participant safety, Pemberton Meadows Road will be closed to vehicle traffic from 10am – 2pm on Sunday, August 20 for the Slow Food Cycle Sunday event. The road will remain open for slow moving farm vehicles.

From 9am-10am and from 2pm-3pm, the road will be shared by vehicle traffic and bike traffic. The speed limit along Pemberton Meadows Road will be reduced to 30 km/hr. Please share the road and respect each other’s goals to ensure a fun and safe day for all.

A request from a Hurley Driver:
I came down the Hurley on Friday June 30th from Gold Bridge to Pemberton. 
When I went to unlock my hubs at the bottom I noticed that my Bull Bar on the front of my truck didn’t survive the Hurley and had broken off and was gone.It was black made out of 6 inch diameter tube it had a stainless steel skid plate attached that had the manufacturers name “Airies“on it.My wife and I rode our quads from the bottom to Gold Bridge and back the next weekend looking for it and no luck. if found please call John 604-539 8166. I can`t get warranty without it. Thanks

The Goat Mountain Produce Stand at the bottom of the Hurley is open and has potatoes, beets, carrots and other veges. Bring cash and stop in on your way over!

Thanks to everyone who entered and voted for the “First trip of the season” photo contest. Erin Moore-Dempsey was the winner with her photo of baby Ryan’s first trip ever over the Hurley!

Hurley Photo Contest Winner!

Hurley Photo Contest Winner!

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Logging Activity

Logging operations have been shut down due to the hot and dry weather however, Aspen Planers will be log hauling on the Gold Bridge side of the Hurley starting Tuesday 25 July. They will be running 10 trucks per day from 17km on the Bridge Main and down Road 40 to Lillooet. Starting loading at 4am and loading will be finished by 10am so expect to see the last truck on the Hurley around noon each day.  Expect heavy dust if you see a truck and drive with caution.

The Whistler Ironman biking event is held on the Pemberton Meadows Road and the road will be closed on Sunday July 30 from 8.45am to 4.30pm. More information at this link: Ironman Road Closures

The contest for the first Hurley trip of the season photo contest has closed and you can vote on your favourite entry on the Bridge River Valley Facebook page.

Fire Danger is extreme and there is a total fire ban which means no campfires, fireworks, bear bangers and no tossing cigarette butts!  Be aware that a hot exhaust from your vehicle, dirt bike or ATV can ignite dry grass easily so keep that in mind when you pull over.  If you see smoke or a wildfire, report it by calling 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell when you get back into cell range mid way in the Pemberton Meadows. Information about fires can be found at the BC Wildfire website.

The Goat Mountain Produce Stand opened this week so bring some cash to buy some farm fresh veggies!

Dust cloud from logging truck

Dust cloud from logging truck

 

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Summer Update

The contest for the first Hurley trip of the season photo contest has closed and you can vote on your favourite entry on the Bridge River Valley Facebook page.

Fire Danger is extreme and there is a total fire ban which means no campfires, fireworks, bear bangers and no tossing cigarette butts!  Be aware that a hot exhaust from your vehicle, dirt bike or ATV can ignite dry grass easily so keep that in mind when you pull over.  If you see smoke or a wildfire, report it by calling 1-800-663-5555 or *5555 on your cell when you get back into cell range mid way in the Pemberton Meadows. Information about fires can be found at the BC Wildfire website.

The Whistler Ironman biking event is held on the Pemberton Meadows Road and the road will be closed on Sunday July 30 from 8.45am to 4.30pm. More information at this link: Ironman Road Closures

The Goat Mountain Produce Stand opened this week so bring some cash to buy some farm fresh veggies!

Goat Mt Produce Stand

Goat Mt Produce Stand

 

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Grading update

Hurley has been graded in the middle.  Lower switchbacks and Gwenyth Lake to Gold Bridge still waiting to be done. The grader is still up there working. Watch for rocks turned up by grading which can cause flat tires. See if you can spot the Larch trees on the west side of Hurley. Larch is a conifer that is deciduous and loses its needles.  There are not a lot of them and they were specially planted as second growth. They look beautiful in the fall when they turn golden. Thanks to Debbie Demare for the update and Larch photo.  Have a safe drive!

 

Larch Tree on the Hurley growing its needles for the summer

Larch Tree on the Hurley growing its needles for the summer

 

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Grading Update

The grader will be starting work on the Hurley on Tuesday. Work will start on the Gold Bridge side at 3.5km and will go towards the Pemberton side. Watch out for the grader working signs for the location of the grader and please drive with caution around the grader and give the operator space to work safely.

Enter the contest to win a Bridge River Valley gift bag full of I Survived The Hurley and Ravenwood Healing Arts products. Submit one photo from your “first trip of the season” across the Hurley. To enter, email your best photo to: info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Entries accepted until July 15th. Show your love of the Hurley and support maintenance of this website by purchasing items from the Hurley store

Grading the Hurley

Grading the Hurley

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Active Logging on the Hurley

Aspen Planers will be commencing log hauling on the Bridge River Main and then down the Hurley FSR to the bridge and onto Rd. 40 starting almost immediately.

This will continue to approximately one month (mid-July).  You may see loaded and unloaded logging trucks pretty much anytime during the day starting early through to late afternoon.

Recreationalists and vehicles should be very cautious on the Bridge River Main FSR. Extreme caution and careful slow driving on the hill coming down into Gold Bridge or going up on the Hurley River FSR is strongly advised.

The Avalanche team has reported all the snow has nearly gone from the Avalanche paths on the Hurley and East Hurley and sent in a great aerial photo of the East Hurley taken this week.

Enter the contest to win a Bridge River Valley gift bag full of I Survived The Hurley and Ravenwood Healing Arts products. Submit one photo from your “first trip of the season” across the Hurley. To enter, email your best photo to: info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Entries accepted until July 15th. Show your love of the Hurley and support maintenance of this website by purchasing items from the Hurley store

 

Dust cloud from logging truck

Watch for dust clouds!

East Hurley avalanche paths

East Hurley avalanche path

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Lillooet River FSR Upgrades

Good news about some upcoming maintenance.  The section of paved road from the Pemberton Meadows Road to the Lillooet River Bridge that is covered in large pot holes will be repaved in the upcoming weeks. Any road closures for the re-paving will be posted as we hear about them. Please drive slow past the workers and give them some space. This is the section where the Goat Mountain Produce Stand is located. We still haven’t heard if the produce stand will be open this year but we are hoping it will be!

Produce stand at the start of the Hurley

Produce stand on the Pemberton side of  the Hurley

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Road Closure Saturday June 3rd

The Hurley will be closed from 11am to noon on Saturday June 3rd around the 17km bridge for road work.  Please drive slow through the construction area before and after the closure. The road is muddy and rough and will be graded soon. The East Hurley is also open. Take your time and enjoy the drive!

Enter the contest to win a Bridge River Valley gift bag full of I Survived The Hurley and Ravenwood Healing Arts products. Submit one photo from your “first trip of the season” across the Hurley. To enter, email your best photo to: info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Entries accepted until July 15th.

Hurley 30 May 2017

Hurley Summit 30 May 2017

 

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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!

Enter the contest to win a Bridge River Valley gift bag full of I Survived The Hurley and Ravenwood Healing Arts products. Submit one photo from your “first trip of the season” across the Hurley. To enter, email your best photo to: info@bridgerivervalley.ca. Entries accepted until July 15th.

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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