ENROUTE GRAVEL GUIDE

Hurley Highline Route by Kevin Keresztes

Hurley Highline Gravel Explorer

Ride With GPS route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/39665074

Strava Route: https://www.strava.com/routes/2809832041980530168

Strava Activity: https://www.strava.com/activities/7443452509

Starting in Pemberton, just 2.5 hours north of Vancouver, is a 248km loop that is made up of mostly gravel and dirt roads. The region north of Pemberton has an incredible diversity of landscapes and is dominated by high mountain peaks, large glacial lakes, and pristine wilderness. The Hurley Highline Gravel Explorer offers a true feeling of remoteness and this area is much more wild than the Sea to Sky corridor to the south. The route can be broken up into three sections.

Ride Details

Pemberton to Gold Bridge ~90km

The start of the ride takes you through the agricultural area of Pemberton Meadows, up and over the prominent Hurley River Forest Service Road, and down to the small and historical gold mining towns of Bralorne and Gold Bridge.

Gold Bridge to Seton Portage ~80km

This section begins with 60km of relatively flat and mostly paved along Carpenter Lake. You then ride over the Terzaghi Dam, through a tunnel, and up the grueling Mission Mountain Road which averages 12% for 4km. The descent into the First Nations town of Shalalth is met with stunning views of Seton Lake towards Lillooet.

Seton Portage to Pemberton ~80km

The final section of the ride is by far the hardest. The unpaved and notable Highline Road between Seton Portage and D’Arcy consists of 1,000m of elevation gain over multiple grueling steep climbs. Although challenging, the Highline presents some of the best views of the route while riding high above Anderson Lake.

Highlights 

Hurley FSR climb and descent (1,100m climb) - On The Fly Country Market in Bralorne - Paved descent from Bralorne into Gold River - Fast rolling along Carpenter Lake - Cold creeks along the way to cool off by - High mountain peaks - Terzaghi Dam and tunnel - Views of Seton Lake and Anderson Lake - 900m descent into Shalalth - Highline Road

General Notes

4,100m of climbing in one day is a strenuous endeavour and there is an option to do it over two days by staying in Seton Portage’s Lil'tem' Mountain Hotel. - Bring plenty of food as there are only refuels in Bralorne and Seton Portage - Bring water purification tablets or a filter to get water from creeks if needed - Be prepared for fast and steep descents with plenty of washboard conditions - Little to no vehicle traffic - 38mm+ gravel tires recommended - Take time to chat with locals along the way - Enjoy a well deserved dinner in Pemerton.

Written & Shot by: Kevin Keresztes