Hurley Silver Mine Peaks(2266m & 2277m) are located just a few km north of Duffy lake, about 50km East of Pemberton.
Today I aimed to reach Hurley Silver Mine peaks but overgrowth of the trail was so extensive and I even lost the logging road itself I was following along. The area became beyond my capability to bushwack so I turned around at about 1570m elevation. But there was a continuing foot trace until at this point as well as flags to mark relatively recent windfalls.
So this is an update of Hurley Silver Mine peaks access information. Below are the route maps.
Since I didn't see any report on Hurley Silver Mine area on Clubtread, I decided to go there myself. But Alder growth was very robust along the route, and at 1570m elevation area suddenly I didn't see the bare ground I was following on the old mining/logging road. After I gave up and returned to the car, I decided to check out nearby peaks. So I went nearby Blowdown creek road turn off on the hwy, and continue driving all the way up to Blowdown pass on alpine gravel road, then ran to Gott/Gotcha peaks. So I am partially satisfied with my experience today.
ACCESS TO TRAILHEAD
Turn right at first Pemberton intersection and reach Mt Currie. Turn right at this sign. Set odometer to 0.
As you ascend towards Duffy lake, you would enjoy a beautiful transition of forest species as well as many glacier peaks, then later seeing Duffy Lake on the left. Then at 44km you see this gate and signs.
2km after, you would see Duffy(Cayoosh) Creek flowing next to the road with background mtn like this. You can see a truck parked ahead there at 47km in the photo. This is the trailhead location. Instead of removed car bridge, there is a footbridge there now. Parking space is ample along the highway. It is about 1040m elevation.
*Note it is currently encouraged to have only day trips here, and also recommended to park at second parking opening space about 80m west from the trailhead bridge, or further distance along the road at this time.
TRAILHEAD TO END OF SWITCH BACK
From the hwy, cross this foot bridge, then take immediate left.
It looks like this when turn but within 200m it gets grown in like this.
Soon you would reach the second bridge out section. There is no foot bridge.
At switch back area; about 30% clear ground and runnable, 40% alder + grass ground cover but fast-walkable, 30% needing to stop constantly to weed off Alder.
As you gain some elevation at switch back, sometimes clear portion increases.
Surrounding view at the upper part of switch back. You can see a footbridge I started off on the left pic.
FROM END OF SWITCH BACK TO TURN AROUND POINT (about 70% constant stopping alder, 20% walkable, 10% short dash run)
Then switch back ends and the road starts going into the valley.
But then Alder got excessive. I was stopping all the time. Tried all kinds of things I can think of to go comfortably. Far right photo is when I attempted to crawl. But my arms were not long enough and even more uncomfortable.
Managed to reach a bridge of creek crossing & view from there - about 500m before turning around point.
Then it suddenly became like this and there was no ground to walk. It was so dense I couldn't see any clear ground I was following. Only advanced hiker/bushwalker would be able to nagivate this. This is the turn around point.
Views at turn around point. Took 51mins from trailhead.
I would very much like to know if you have pictures of this road or Hurley peaks area when this was in better shape. Also like to know how much longer alder growth would have been strong past this point. Thanks.