Nov 8 Update

Posted by on November 8, 2022

Update: Multiple reports of drivers getting stuck and no prepard with a shovel or chains and relying on others to get them out. We’ve had some comments regarding the post below about downhill drivers having right of way. The Hurley is a unique road and everyone needs to use common sense when driving. The thought behind this comment was if you are driving downhill in icy ruts, it may be hard to stop to avoid a collision with an uphill driver. The vehicle coming uphill has a better chance of stopping, and they may get stuck but will avoid a collision. Drive safe and don’t drive the Hurley if you are not prepared for self rescue.

Thanks to Kathy from Backcountry Snowcats for today’s update and photo.

The Hurley has a 1 vehicle path through the pass; high clearance, chains and a shovel are advised. Temperature was -20 this morning.
Please remember the vehicle travelling downhill has the right of way.

This site is user maintained so keep the emails coming to Thanks to everyone who has sent in photos and updates this year.

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 and watch out for snowmobiles.

Nov 8 summit conditions – Kathy Milne

3 Responses to Nov 8 Update

  1. Matt J

    10 days since last update. Any news? Is it better since the last update or worse (icy, bumpy, abandoned vehicles)?

  2. Gerry Waller

    Hi to All, First of all thanks to those who all post. It’s a fantastic site that benefits all who travel this road as I have for 30 Years. With snow I believe the information given needs to have good thought and a consensus. I believe it is incorrect. The vehicle coming down the hill should find a spot either before they descend and should view the hill if possible and yield to the a vehicle coming up and if part way down find a safe spot and shift to the side. The down hill vehicle has an easier start after, as the vehicle going up has momentum he/she needs to maintain speed and has a much greater problem restarting especially if he pulls of the track going up. Not to create an issue but, we need to be careful what we post. Truckers I have asked who run these back roads for years have said the same.

    Best regards and safe travels to you all.

  3. Ashley Slater

    It is actually the opposite of what this post says, the uphill vehicle (hardest to get going again if stopped) has the right of way. The downhill vehicle is to pull to the side to allow the uphill vehicle to continue and maintain momentum.

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