Chilcotin Explorer Tour – Full Day
Departing by bike from Tyax Resort, our guides will take you on some of the best local singletrack in the surrounding maze of trails. Based on the group’s ability, the route includes a few short climbs with spectacular views over the Bridge River Valley, followed by enticing and rewarding singletrack descents. This area boasts some of the best wildflowers in B.C., so have your cameras ready and let us show you the local secrets.
- Price:$168 per person (based on 2 person minimum)
- Ride Type:Cross-country; some technical downhill sections
- MTB Skill RatingAdvanced Novice to Advanced
- Fitness Ratinglevel 1 or 2
- Distance:~15-40 kms
- Ride Time:4-7 hours
- Duration:1 Day
Tour includes: Guide, lunch, shuttle as necessary
Find Your Ability
- Advanced Novice – You enjoy riding singletrack that has small obstacles that may include roots and rocks that are a couple inches tall, as well as some mud and sand. You understand how to shift your gears and are often able to shift your gears in response to terrain. You are learning how to use both front and back brakes to control your speed, and to be comfortable and reasonably balanced standing up off your seat while descending. You are just learning how to climb effectively. Exposure is still intimidating.
- Intermediate – You are comfortable riding singletrack that has various obstacles including tight trees, mud, small loose rock, roots, and sand. You are able to mostly shift gears in response to terrain demands and use both front and rear brakes to control your speed. Descents are fun as long as they do not contain any obstacles and everything is easily and visibly rollable. You are practicing shifting your weight forward while climbing over technical terrain. Exposure with little to no consequence is fine.
- Advanced – You love riding singletrack and aren’t deterred by obstacles including roots and rocks that are up to 6” tall, loose sand and rock, mud, tight trees and corners. You are able to shift gears in response to terrain and modulate both front and back brakes in steep terrain. Descending is super fun and you are not intimidated by long descents with obstacles. You are able to climb technical singletrack and understand how to shift your body weight to achieve ultimate traction. Exposure is acceptable on moderate trails.
- Expert – You love to ride your bike in all terrain. Tight trees and corners, loose rock and sand, long descents with obstacles are all welcomed challenges that make the ride more fun. Modulating both front and rear brakes in varied terrain is a given, and shifting your body weight over your bike to respond to the terrain is brainless. Long descents with obstacles are exciting, and exposure with reasonable consequences often goes unnoticed.
- Level 1 – exercise weekly and are reasonably fit. could ride at a comfortable pace for 3 – 4 hours including 45 min climbs
- Level 2 – exercise 2 or 3 times a week with a focus on fitness. could ride up to 6 hours a day at a moderate pace, including 1.5 hour climbs, for a few days
- Level 3 – exercise 3 or 4 times a week and are very fit. could ride up to 8 hours a day at a good pace, with 2 hour climbs, for multiple days
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of riding do you offer?
All of our mountain bike tours are cross-country/all mountain style. On all tours, except the Tyax Trail Tour, you may be required to climb for short to long (e.g. 2 hours) periods of time and descend on various types of terrain, ranging from open fire roads to tight, twisty single track (steep at times). Body armor is not required however, if you feel more confident wearing armor, you are welcome to pack this for your rides.
What are the terrain and trails like?
The terrain of the South Chilcotin Mountains varies from dense treed bush-land and open grasslands to steep rocky mountain passes. Most trails were originally created by cattle and horses and, on average, are two feet wide and generally in excellent condition. Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy, but passable.
Do I need prior mountain bike experience?
Previous mountain biking experience is mandatory on all Tyax Adventures tours. Riders must be comfortable with changing gears, breaking, mounting and dismounting their bike in uneven terrain and be in excellent physical shape with the ability to climb for short to long periods of time and descend on moderate to technical downhill sections.
How many miles do you ride per day?
Depending on your particular tour, the duration of your ride each day will vary. Mountain biking tours range, on average, from 12-20 miles / 20-30 km per day.
Does Tyax Adventures offer rental bikes?
Yes, we have a brand-new fleet of 2017 full suspension Norco Mountain Bikes. We offer the Norco Sight A7.3. These all mountain – trail bikes offer 4” to 5” of travel and have been chosen specifically for the trail conditions in the South Chilcotin Mountains.
What kind of bike should I have?
As you will be participating in cross-country rides, we strongly recommend you bring a dual-suspension (fork at the front and shock in the rear) mountain bike, weighing no more than 35 pounds and designed for cross-country/all mountain trails. Triple-clamp front forks, fat bikes and extra bulky frames (e.g. downhill mountain bikes) are not advised for transport on Tyax Adventures’ float plane and are not appropriate for the style of riding offered on our tours. We also recommend mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes versus traditional V-Brakes as several downhill sections are sustained and can be strenuous on you and your brakes. Ensure that your saddle is comfortable, you have the appropriate sized tires on your bike (we recommend 2.3 mm tire width), and your bike is well tuned before your tour.
What is the weather like in the South Chilcotin Mountains?
Tyax Resort and Spruce Lake are located on the border between the Chilcotin Mountains and the Coast Mountains. The temperature is substantially cooler in the early morning and evening, so make sure you bring warm layers for when the sun goes down. In the higher alpine areas, please be prepared for snow in the summer. The middle of the day is a great time to swim in Tyaughton Lake (Tyax Resort) or Spruce Lake.
Average temperatures are:
JUN: 77F / 25C high JUL: 82F / 28C high AUG: 86F / 30C high
41F / 5C low 46F / 8C low 50F / 10C low
What bike gear should I wear?
You will need only the biking essentials – a helmet, bike riding gloves and eyewear (tinted lenses for sunny days). Armor and full-faced helmets are not recommended. Lycra bike shorts are not practical for your wilderness experience – they are not warm nor are they comfortable for sitting on rocks and logs, etc. We strongly recommend you wear durable mountain bike shorts.
What should I bring/pack?
The following items are recommended for day trips, resort-based tours, and camping tours.
- Cycling socks
- Short and long sleeve bike jerseys
- Cycling windbreaker or light jacket
- Bike shorts with padded inner
- Bike tights for cold weather (optional)
- Bike helmet, shoes & gloves
- Bike hydration pack (for water and carrying your lunch, bike tools, etc.)
- All-purpose bike tool, spare tube and bike-specific parts
- Camera, film, batteries
- Bug spray
- Lip balm
Gold Rush Tours:
Clothing – all items listed above, plus:
- Warm casual pants
- Warm casual jacket
- Casual socks
- Fleece or long sleeve layer
- Warm gloves (non-riding)
- Toque or winter hat
- Bathing suit (optional)
Gear – all items listed above, plus:
- Wet weather riding gear
- Casual/camp shoes
Personal – all items listed above, plus:
- Personal toiletry items
- Book or reading material
- ID or passport
- Cash for souvenirs
- Cash for tipping your guides
Clothing – all items listed above, plus:
- Extra warm clothing
Gear – all items listed above, plus:
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Sleeping bag liner
- Pillow case
- Light travel towel
Personal – all items listed above, plus:
- Biodegradable soap
What types of clothing is recommended?
Lightweight, quick-drying fabrics such as nylon, fleece and other synthetic materials are preferred. Cotton, especially denim, is not recommended as it retains heat and moisture. During the early morning and evening the temperature cools down significantly, so make sure you have a warm jacket, warm hat, socks and gloves.
Do I need a daypack?
We recommend that you carry a light, mountain biking-specific backpack (e.g. a Camelback) that is equipped with a hydration system so that you can access plenty of water during your ride. You will also be required, on some of the longer day rides, to carry your own lunch, snacks, spare parts and equipment specific to your bike (e.g. a air fork pump), and possibly wet weather gear. Our tour guides always carry emergency supplies and tools.
Do I need to bring a first aid kit?
Our guides are trained and prepared for first aid situations. Packing and carrying your own first aid kit on rides is optional. If you require specific medical attention, you are required to notify Tyax Adventures upon booking to ensure our guides are prepared. Please bring sufficient prescribed medication(s) with you.
Do I need tools?
Our guides have the basic tools and are quite knowledgeable, but if you should bring specific parts for your bike, e.g. a spare derailleur hanger, spare tube.
Are there Bears and/or Bugs?
During most tours, we venture into remote country and even though there will be an abundance of wildlife, it can be rare to spot them. With proper precautions, it is unlikely any will bother us on our tours. Certain times of the year there are mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and other bugs. We recommend you bring bug spray or light long sleeve shirts if you have a tendency to attract them.
Do I have to hire a guide?
We recommend our guided trips for all first time visitors to the area. Our guides are highly qualified at mountain biking, very familiar with all the trails and wildlife in the South Chilcotin Mountains, and experts at wilderness safety, first aid and rescue. The South Chilcotin Mountains are challenging to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the area – there are very few trail markings and the wilderness is very remote.
Accommodations and getting here
What are the Resort accommodations like?
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa offers accommodation in their Resort Rooms. Visit www.tyax.com for more information.
Are my valuables secure at Tyax Resort & camping?
We recommend you avoid bringing valuables with you if possible. Tyax Adventures, Tyax Resort and other accommodation partners are not responsible for the loss of valuables while on their tours or premises. Please ensure you keep valuables on you at all times.
Where is Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa?
Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Resort is located approximately five hours by car north of Vancouver and 1.5 hours west of Lillooet. The resort is nestled in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, a 72,000-hectare area boasting some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and biking in BC. Tyax Resort offers Resort Room accommodations and a variety of services. Please visit or www.tyax.com for more information.
How do I get to Tyax Resort?
Several modes of ground and air transportation are available from Vancouver and Whistler. They include Tyax Adventures floatplane transfers, ground transportation to Whistler (Greyhound, Perimeter, private limousine) and rail (Rocky Mountaineer). You can also access Tyax Resort by private vehicle either from Pemberton (via the Hurley), or from Lillooet. Directions are available on www.tyaxair.com.
Where can I stay in Vancouver and/or Whistler?
There are many accommodation options in Vancouver and Whistler. Visit www.whistler.com (Tourism Whistler) and www.tourismvancouver.com (Tourism Vancouver) for rates, availability and to book your accommodation.
General – all tours
What are the tipping guidelines?
When your guiding and hosting team provided service that went above and beyond, in Canada it is customary in the outdoor adventure industry to express your appreciation through a cash gratuity. A gratuity is not mandatory, but if you would like to recognize the work of your team in this fashion, our recommended guideline is 10-15% of the total value of your trip.
As it takes many people – both frontline and behind the scenes – to ensure your trip is the amazing adventure you hope for, our policy is to pool all gratuities and split them amongst the whole team. To accommodate this, we ask that you pay any tips to our Guest Experience Coordinator at the activity desk, or arrange for payment through our reservations staff.
Should I bring my own snacks?
Plenty of food and snacks will be available during the trip, however, you are welcome to bring your preferred snacks. Should you bring your own, remember to never leave them in your tent or backpack unattended. Bears and other animals are a concern and will chew through anything to get to your food.
Is alcohol allowed?
Tyax Resort has a bar where you can purchase alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. For multi- day trips, you are required to pre-book your alcohol with us before arriving at Tyax Resort or arrange your own.
What if I have special diet requests?
If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip (i.e. before you arrive at Tyax Resort) so that we can make the necessary allowances, if possible.
My question is specific to women…
Ladies should bring feminine hygiene products in plastic zip-lock bags. Please bring extra zip-locks for disposal after use. Please remember, your guides, female or male, have spent many days with groups in the backcountry. They have heard your question before and will always be mindful of your privacy.
What if I have additional questions?
Please visit www.tyaxadventures.com, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.
Customize Your Trip
Here are a few added service offerings that can make your trip extra special! Please contact us to learn more about these custom opportunities.
Full Gear Support
Enjoy your multi-day adventure without the burden of a heavy pack. Let our team of horses transport 20lbs of your personal gear to camp daily, so you can arrive at camp with more energy and coveted fresh personal items waiting.
Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa rests on the shores of Tyaughton Lake on the border of the South Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park. The Resort is our summer home base where our activity desk greets guests, and where our float plane docks. For those looking for a bit of luxury and indulgence, a night(s) at the resort before or after your adventure might be just what’s in order. Choose from amenities including full spa services, deluxe rooms, fine dining, lakeside recreation and bar service.
Door to Door Flight Service
We are happy to pick you up with our DeHavilland Beaver float plane from a destination near you, and fly you directly into the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains where the magic awaits. Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our flight page for details.
Premium Performance Apparel
We have partnered with 7mesh apparel to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel. As a premium performance brand located in the Sea-to-Sky corridor we couldn’t think of a better partner to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to apparel comfort and performance. As a valued guest, we can help outfit you with the some of the best apparel for mountain biking available.
What our Guests say…
“Thank you for everything from the organization to execution. Your team nailed it”
“An excellent trip and the entire staff was amazing. Our guide was extremely top notch and professional. You guys have a great thing going there and we can not wait to get back out there to ride more of those mountains.”