Camping Opportunity

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There are many incredible front-country campsites in the South Chilcotin. Most offer tranquil surroundings, drive-up convenience, beautiful waterfront or mountain vistas, and many are free of charge! Water and toilet facilities vary per site. Here are some camping options that we know about and are worth exploring.

Gun Creek Site

The Gun Creek site is located at the confluence of Gun creek and Carpenter Lake about 8.5kms northeast of Goldbridge. It offers numerous well-established sites with picnic tables, lake and creek access, and is approximately 12kms from Tyax Adventures’ office and plane dock.

Mowson Pond Site

The Mowson pond site is conveniently located just a few steps from the junction of Gun creek Road and Tyaughton lake road, which means you are close to lots of great riding/hiking and approximately 8kms from Tyax Adventures’ office and Plane dock. There are a total of 7 sites that offer access to the pond and numerous other recreational activities.

Friburg Site

The Friburg site is located on the shores of Tyaughton Lake and is very close to Tyax Resort. The campsites are limited and relatively small, however they offer lake front camping and quick access to loads of riding/hiking. This site is less than one kilometer from Tyax Adventures’ office and plane dock.

Relay Creek Site

There are a few un-established, but well used campsites close to the Relay creek trailhead and some great riding/hiking. These sites require 4×4 access.

 

This is just a few of the many front-county camping options to be found in the area. We hope you enjoy discovering the diverse opportunity and experiences they have to offer. And if you are interested in experiencing one of our backcountry camps let us know and we will certainly help you discover the potential be it by bike, hike, horse or air. Please contact us with any camping questions you have. See ya out there!

Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund

Tyax Adventures is pleased to announce the creation of the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund. This fund will be used to support the local Grizzly bear population in the South Chilcotin Mountains, and to promote increased Grizzly awareness within the region.

The bears in the upper Bridge River Valley (Tyax Adventures’ area of operation) are part of the greater South Chilcotin Population Unit, a population that is currently listed as threatened.  The CGC fund will financially support the collection of scientific data, which will aid in the creation of land base management planning in our local area. The fund will be donated to the St’át’imc Grizzly Bear Research project. The St’át’imc has been involved in Grizzly bear research and recovery efforts since 1999.

Tyax Adventures, by contributing a portion of profits from the 2015 season, will provide $3800 seed funding for this important initiative. We have further committed to donating a portion of future profits to the fund, and will be encouraging and facilitating our clients to independently donate to the fund when booking services or tours. We encourage other commercial recreation operators in the area to join us in donating a portion of profits to the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund Together with our partners and clients, we hope to quickly grow this fund to an amount that will make a significant difference in financing ongoing research and awareness.

The owners, staff and clients of Tyax Adventures enjoy the natural environment of the South Chilcotin Mountains and we support the sustainable recreation use of this region. Grizzly Bears, being an “umbrella species” are the perfect indicator of a healthy eco-system and we support the collection of scientific data to help manage the recovery of this great species.

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Photo of Ernest Armann – Implementation Manager, Sue Seger – Landscape Ecologist from the St’at’imc Nation and Dale Douglas – Owner of Tyax Adventures.

If you wish to make a donation to the Chilcotin Grizzly Conservation Fund, contact us!

Tyax Adventures, operating in the upper Bridge River Valley and South Chilcotin Mountains, is an adventure tour company specializing in wilderness tours. In operation since 1999, Tyax Adventures offers guided horse, mountain biking and hiking adventure experiences, as well as charter and sightseeing floatplane flights and backcountry accommodation.

 

 

 

End of Season Challenge!

Well our season has officially wrapped up for the year! Dale has a message and challenge for everyone…

“In my near 30 years of flying over this great province of our I have never experienced a summer full of this many calm sunny days. I was lucky enough to crisscross the coast mountains with my jaw dropped on many occasions this season. Here are a few pictures during 5 fabulous flights. First person to guess the location of them all will win a $250 gift cert and a Merrell gift bag.” – Dale Douglas

Dale's Challenge #1

Dale’s Challenge #1

Dale's Challenge #2

Dale’s Challenge #2

 

Dale's Challenge #3

Dale’s Challenge #3

Dale's Challenge #4

Dale’s Challenge #4

Dale's Challenge #5

Dale’s Challenge #5

Happy Fall and good luck to everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Trail Work – High Trail Mud Holes

Words & Photos by Geoff Playfair.

On the way out of Camel Pass, the flow of alpine single track that the High Trail provides is marred by a few large mud holes.

Mud Holes on the High Trail

This past week, Tyax Adventures, in cooperation with BC Parks, provided a reroute around the upper two holes (one in the photo above).

High Trail Re-Route

The 200m new section includes about 100m of cleaned up older, grown over, trail  (shown above) and about 100m of new trail to bring the two lines back together (shown below).

High Trail Re-Route - New Trail

The results provide a route clear of mud, with enhanced views of Truax and the valley below.

Enjoy the trails.

High Trail Re-Route View

Tyax Fall Special

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Go ahead stay another day!  Book your fall adventure for 2 nights and stay an extra night at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa for free.  Valid on new bookings September 2nd through October 8th.

A perfect excuse to spend a couple days up here and explore the area, there’s lots to do.  Day 1 – check in at 4pm, head straight to the Spa for some serious relaxation.  Day 2 – explore the area on one of our Day trips from the Resort, choose from Hiking, Mountain Biking or Horseback Riding. Day 3 – explore the lake by canoe, kayak or SUP for the adventurous.  For something extra special try our Flightseeing tours, the Glacier Landing tour is spectacular!  Day 4 – check out at 11am after a relaxing morning… and maybe some more spa time.

Give us a call and hope to see you this fall!

Guides’ Day Off

What do two Tyax Adventures guides do on their days off?  Why more adventures of course.

Here’s a little article written by guide Adrian Bostock about a recent mountain bike trip in our backyard, some good thoughts on Adventure.  What’s not noted is that we started this adventure at the beautiful Sky Camp, and what a paradise it was!  You’ll never really know what an amazing place this is until you get out there and visit it for yourself.  The 2 day ride in/out isn’t necessary, unless you’re into that, we can fly you in and you’ll be there lounging in the peace of this idyllic (cell phone & internet free) spot!

Enjoy the read, I sure enjoyed the trip.

Drinking from the Source

Road Closures due to Subaru Ironman – July 27th

Just a quick update for anyone planning to travel over the weekend, especially Sunday July 27th.  There will be some major closures on the Highway between the Callaghan Valley and Pemberton due to the Subaru Ironman Triathlon.  This will of course affect anyone planning on driving the Sea to Sky Highway to gain access to Tyax Resort.

Major Closures Sunday July 27th:

Highway 99 between Alpine Way & Pemberton, both directions – CLOSED between 10:30am and 4:30pm

Highway 99 between Alpine Way & Callaghan Valley road, Southbound – CLOSED between 7:00am and 12:30pm

For more information on the closures please see the links below:

http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/americas/ironman/canada/~/media/16a7df9403424b5c819da53d4afc250f.ashx

http://www.drivebc.ca/#listView&severity=Major

http://www.whistler.ca/culture-recreation/festivals-events-animation/ironman

Alternate driving directions for those coming from Vancouver via the Fraser Canyon can be found on our website;  http://www.tyaxadventures.com/about/location/

Please plan your travel accordingly and we hope to see you soon!

Trail Maintenance Update – July 2014. By Geoff Playfair.

Tyax Adventures takes a portion of revenue and reinvests it in the trails we use. June was a busy month for trail work in the Park. In partnership with BC Parks, a number of projects were identified and worked on.

New corner on Deer Pass trail, replacing steep, eroded line

New corner on Deer Pass trail, replacing the steep, eroded line

In mid-June, a work crew addressed the lower section of the Deer Pass trail, as it climbs from Trigger Lake. Portions of the steep, eroded, existing trail were decommissioned and new trail created that better uses the terrain between the two creeks flowing off the hill.

112 hours of work went into the trail. Initial feedback is good. The reduced grades are easier for horses and hikers. Bike riders appreciate the increased safety of the descent and the new line, with it’s improved views and enhanced ride.

New Deer Pass trail line crossing old, decommissioned trail

New Deer Pass trail line crossing old, decommissioned trail

 

On June 28/29, 10 members of Whistler Off-Road Cycling Association (WORCA), supported by Tyax Adventures, spent two days maintaining and improving Park trail.  Based out of our Spruce Camp, they worked along the Spruce Lake and Windy Pass trails.

Old undermined bridge

Old undermined bridge

 

Work included a replacement of the bridge out of the campground that had been dangerously undermined by the creek and work on various mud holes and rooted sections around the lake.

Replacement Bridge and decommissioned crossing

Replacement Bridge and decommissioned crossing

The Windy Pass trail, from the Potato patch to the treeline got a haircut and some key trail bed improvements to assist traffic.

Trail work is now on hold for the busy summer season, though some additional projects may move forward in the fall.

Example of work on Windy Pass trail. Braid on the right is decommissioned.

Example of work on Windy Pass trail. Braid on the right is decommissioned.

Happy Canada Day!

For me it’s the Canada Day long weekend that really signifies the start of summer.  By July 1st most of the last patches of snow remaining on the high passes have melted out, the wildflowers have started blooming, the sun has been out enough to warm the lake up to a tolerable “refreshing” temperature, and vacations have started.
Happy Canada Day - Tyax ResortTyax Adventures season is in full swing now, with the horses all warmed up, fit and happy to be back to work.  Our backcountry camps have been opened up for the season and the first group has already been through Bear Paw.

Canada Day Long weekend at Bear PAw

The floatplane is busy on weekends as per the normal summer craze, but for those who can sneak away mid-week not only will you save some $$ on the price of the flight but you’ll usually have your pick of time slots and the trails to yourself!

Canada DAy Adventures, photo by Pat Mulrooney

We hope you get out for some adventures to celebrate the day and the start to another fabulous summer season!

Spring Trail Updates

Well the Resort is officially open and that means we are ready to go for the season!  We just had a great long weekend with people enjoying the trails surrounding Tyax Resort by horseback, pedal power and on foot.  Guess it’s time for the annual spring trail update to help with your adventure planning!

We like to start off with an update from the River Forecast Centre which shows us a great little graph and gives us a snap shot of this year’s Snow Water (in mm) versus River Forecast Centre Dataprevious years and historically.   Looking at the graph we can see we had less snow at the start of this winter but by the end of March it was looking similar to what we can see the year previous.  Right now it looks very similar to last year which means that by the end of May we should be able to fly into Spruce Lake and the trails around the lake should be mostly clear and rideable out Gun Creek.  As long as things don’t get too cool over the next few weeks we should be looking at a similar year to last, this had us flying into Warner Lake by mid June and into Lorna Lake by the end of June!

The local trails surrounding Tyax Resort are in great condition and a report from our guide & local resident, Geoff Playfair has said; “Trail clearing on local trails is underway. Good spring riding right now, and winter winds were fairly kind – not to much blowdown. Snow is clear to the top of Lick Lower now, which I cleaned up yesterday and is good to go!”.   He also reported that the Pearson Road is mostly clear of snow up to Molly Dog, and that Molly Dog should be rideable by now.

Our wrangler Brennan McGlashan has been busy clearing out the trails around Tyax Resort for Horseback Riding and has gotten most of the work done and clear for trail rides.

Heads up if you’ll be riding, hiking or horseback riding on the Forest Service Roads in the area, there is still some logging activity on the west side of Pearson’s Creek, some on Gun Creek Road towards the Gun Creek Trail and some on the hill above the trail, off the logging road. Speaking to the person in charge of the logging, this should be finished up before summer(July).  No trails are presently affected by this just a note to be aware of machinery and signage.

Our spring trail work projects in addition to the regular clearing and maintenance will be starting soon.  Watch the blog for more updates on what we’ll be working on this year.

Also a final note when planning your adventure up to visit us please note that the Hurley Forest Service Road will NOT be plowed this year.  There have been some changes with regards to the road’s ownership and this has so far translated into a lack of funds for the early season plowing of the snow.  You can read all about it on the I Survived the Hurley website.  Locals are reporting if the road must melt out on it’s own it won’t be open until at least the end of June – early July.

Hope to see everyone soon!

View looking down to Carpenter Lake

The view looking down to Carpenter Lake.