South Chilcotin Mountains

We operate from our home-base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake just past the beautiful, luxury wilderness resort Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing. We are located approximately 4 – 6 hours by car North of Vancouver or 2 hours West of Lillooet, in the heart of the South Chilcotin.

The South Chilcotin Mountains are located one hundred kilometres north of Whistler, and is British Columbia’s newest provincial park. The 72,000-hectare park boasts some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking in BC. Beautiful wildflower meadows, mountain goats, grizzly bears, big horn sheep, humming birds and crystal clear alpine lakes are found throughout the park – all making it a true ecological and recreational wonder.

Coordinates:  50°95’35.47″ N   122°75’84.78 W

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Our de Havilland Beaver floatplane flies over the awe-inspiring volcanic and mineral rich mountains that are boarded to the west by the Massive Glacier Fields of the Coastal Mountain Range and to the east by the Mighty Fraser River Grasslands. Dubbed the “Rain shadow Wilderness” for its dry climate, this area contains many broad alpine valleys and a very rich biodiversity.  There is lots to explore in this stunning zone.

Weather 

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For those of you back country travellers wondering what the creek crossings will be like in the South Chilcotin Mountains please visit the links below for more information:

Maps of local riding in the South Chilcotins

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Driving Directions

Please note: AVOID taking the Highline/ Mission pass/ Darcy route due to road closures ( Googlemaps may try to direct you this way )

Option A – Hurley River Gravel Road (Summer Only)

From Vancouver take Highway 1 to Horseshoe Bay then Highway 99 to Whistler. 35 kms after Whistler the road forms a “T” – turn left into the village of Pemberton (make sure to gas up!). After crossing the railroad tracks the road forms a “T” again. You will come to a stop sign where you will turn right onto Birch Avenue. Follow this road as it turns into Pemberton Meadow Road.

After 23 kms (14.4 miles) you will see signs for “Coast Mountain Outdoor School” and Gold Bridge, turn right at the pay phone. After 9 km, you will cross over a bridge and see the “Hurley River & Gold Bridge” sign, take this road uphill.

This logging road starts out to be steep but flattens out on top. It then goes downhill into the Bridge River Valley. You will see a sign to the right that says Bralorne, but follow the road towards Gold Bridge. After 60kms (35 miles) on this gravel road you approach a paved road. Turn right. You are now on Highway 40.

After 200 yards (1/4 kms) you will see the bridge to Gold Bridge on the right. Do not cross the bridge – stay on Hwy. 40 and after 8 km (5 miles) you see the Tyax Adventures sign. Turn left and after another 11 kms you are at the Tyax Adventures base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake (continue past the Tyax lodge turn off).

WARNING: The Hurley River Road is not a highway but a Forest Service Road. Please check with either the Highways department (ph: 1-900-451-4997) or Drive BC to make sure the road is open.

Option B – Carpenter Lake Road (Road #40)

From North Vancouver: 342 kms | Total driving time: ~6 hrs.

Drive from Pemberton to Lillooet over the Duffy Lake Road ( Highway 99 ). In Lillooet follow the signs towards Gold Bridge – make sure you grab gas before you leave. Follow the main road through the town of Lillooet which will turn into Carpenter Lake Road. Follow this for 92km until you see the Tyax Adventures billboard. Turn right onto Tyaughton Lake Rd and after another 11 kms you are at the Tyax Adventures base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake (continue past the Tyax lodge turn off).

WARNING: The Carpenter Lake Road is a maintained Highway and School bus route but you must be cautious of sharp corners and rocks on the road. Drive with caution & care.

Option C – Fraser Canyon

From Lower Mainland: 421 kms | Total driving time: ~5 1/2 hrs.

From Vancouver, follow the Trans Canada Highway ( #1 ) through Chilliwack and continue through to Hope. Once in Hope follow the signs to Lytton. In Lytton take Highway 12B to Lillooet. In Lillooet follow the signs towards Gold Bridge – make sure you grab gas before you leave. Follow the main road through the town of Lillooet which will turn into Carpenter Lake Road. Follow this for 92km until you see the Tyax Adventures billboard. Turn right onto Tyaughton Lake Rd and after another 11 kms you are at the Tyax Adventures base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake (continue past the Tyax lodge turn off).

Total driving time: ~7.5 hrs.

Take the I-5 north to Bellingham and exit on Meridian Road. Follow signs to the Sumas border crossing. In Abbottsford, get on the Trans Canada Highway (#1) and continue through Chilliwack to Hope and on to Lytton. In Lytton, take Highway 12B to Lillooet. In Lillooet follow the signs towards Gold Bridge – make sure you grab gas before you leave. Follow the main road through the town of Lillooet which will turn into Carpenter Lake Road. Follow this for 92km until you see the Tyax Adventures billboard. Turn right onto Tyaughton Lake Rd and after another 11 kms you are at the Tyax Adventures base on the shores of Tyaughton Lake (continue past the Tyax lodge turn off).

280 kms | Total Driving time: ~4 hours

Drive South of Highway 97 for 102 km. Do not turn off in Clinton. 11 kms before Cache Creek turn right at the Lillooet sign. From Lillooet see Route B.

350 kms | Total driving time~ !5 hours.

Drive South on Highway 5 to Kamloops, turn onto Highway #1 to Cache Creek. Take Highway 97 for 11 kms and turn left to Lillooet. From Lillooet see Route B.