Hurley River Forest Service Road is a 74 km scenic wilderness road that connects the Bridge River valley with the Pemberton valley. This road is open during the summer months (June – September), and requires a 4X4 capable vehicle. There are no services and cell coverage on this route.
Hurley FSR passes through a high altitude pass – Railroad Pass. So expect winter driving conditions all year long. We did our Hurley trip during the last week of June; when we reached the Railroad Pass, the temperature dropped significantly from 31 degrees in Pemberton to only 9 degrees on the pass.
How to get there:
If you are driving on Hwy 99 North from Vancouver / Whistler, turn left on to Pemberton Portage road (Petro Canada gas station/ MC Donalds intersection).
At the round about, take 2nd exit onto Portage road / Birch road. After following the road for approx. 150 meters, you will reach a T intersection, turn right towards Pemberton Meadow road/ prospect street.
Continue for approx. 23.5 kms on Pemberton Meadow road, then turn right on Lillooet FSR. Drive on Lillooet FSR for approx. 8.5 kms and turn right on Hurley River FSR.
The Hurley journey begins….
The first few kilometres will be quite a steep climb through switchbacks. Look back and enjoy beautiful views of Pemberton meadows.
Getting Close to Goldbridge….
Welcome to GOLD BRIDGE, BC
Gold Bridge is an unincorporated community in the Bridge River Valley surrounded by snow covered peaks of Southern Chilcotin mountains. This community flourished in 1920s due to its close proximity to Bralorne Pioneer mine, and soon became the richest gold producing region in the province.
According to 2016 Statistics Canada, the population of Gold Bridge is 25. This area is however very popular for vacation homes/cabins and outdoor activities like fishing, canoeing, heli skiing, and hiking.
If you enjoy learning about Gold rush history, there is abandoned mine and museum in the nearby town of Bralorne. During its production years, the mine in Bralorne produced over 4 million ounces of gold. The last big mine in Bralorne was shut down in 1971. Source:http://adventure.bridgerivervalley.ca/project/history/
Heading back to Lillooet via Moha and HWY 99
The way back is filled with beautiful views of lakes and mountains. A must drive for all!
Another option:You can also make a circle full of adventure via Highline 4×4 Road. Read our another post for more details.
TIP: Before planning a trip to Hurley, we highly recommend to check road conditions and accessibility at http://www.isurvivedthehurley.com/. The website is updated regularly.
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