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Hurley Horseshoe on Skis
Timestamp Free: 2018.12.15 - 02:48:59
Ranges: North America Ranges / Pacific Cordillera Range / Coast Mountains / Pacific Ranges / Bridge-Lillooet Divide
  (8 days)     Elevation Gain: 5670m
Participants: Robin Tivy, Betsy Waddington, Tom Tiedje, Doug Brown, Sandra McGuinness
Difficulty: 3: Easy continuous skiing, easy peaks. Some mildly steep descents, but not avalanche danger. Brief cornice exposure. Much easier route than McBride Traverse.
From Pemberton, parked on Hurley road on south side of RR Pass, skied over pass, then walked down Hurley, up Lone Goat Creek road, then skied around the headwaters of the Hurley, coming back to car.
Since it was a big snow year, with a late spring, Railroad Pass (which connects the Lillooet Valley with the Bridge River, was not plowed by the usual middle of May. Therefore, to minimize car travel, we decided to leave the one and only car on the south side of Railroad Pass, then ski over the pass and walk down the Hurley road to where the Lone Goat Creek road came in. Then we would walk and ski up the Lone Goat Creek road, and cross over the pass to the Thiassi Glacier, then McParlon and Boomerang Glaciers, and finally skirt around the Face Mountain group of peaks and back to our car. The whole trip could be described as the "Hurley Horseshoe".

Day 1 - Over RR Pass
(May 7, 2007) Once we settled on the plan, we set out. Once through Pemberton, we headed up the Lilloet River, and up the Hurley River road. We were able to drive to 3250', before being stopped by snow. This is just before the bridge across Railroad Creek.

Once on the road, we climbed to the pass, and then everyone except myself deployed crazy carpet sleds for their heavy packs. At the high point, most of us removed skins. My skis were slightly faster due to the fact I wasn't pulling a sled. After an hour or so, Tom and I reached the end of snow, and took off our skis. Shortly after, we camped in a nice flat meadow beside the road. (see waypoints).

Day 2 - Up Lone Goat Creek
(May 8) Next morning we awoke to heavy black clouds scudding overhead, but still no rain. We considered climbing directly up onto the Lone Goat-Hurley ridge, right to the small lakes south of Mount Bix, but we convinced ourseles we were not really seeing the top, and so we continued down the Hurley road. The morning was spent on a wonderful country lane walk down the deserted Hurley Road. Betsy saw some...

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