• Price:
    $700 per person, or $1,000 with flight start from our base*
    Price based on 4 people joining the tour; max group size is 10. *(more info)
  • Ride Type:
    Cross-country/all mountain backcountry single track riding.
  • Duration:
    2 Days / 1 night in a historic and well-equipped backcountry camp
  • Distance:
    ~ 40 - 50 kms over the 2 days
  • Daily Ride Time:
    4 - 7 hours
  • MTB Skill Rating:
    Intermediate to Expert
  • Fitness Rating
    level 2
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

Trip Introduction:

Sample some of the classic backcountry, alpine and valley single track mountain biking that the South Chilcotin region is renowned for-whilst staying 1 night in a historic and well-equipped backcountry camp.

You can begin the 2-day adventure by pedalling into the South Chilcotin park from our base, or book a spectacular float plane flight into the remote and stunning Warner Lake at 1,850 metres (from either our base or another location-such as Whistler or Vancouver-for an additional cost).

Catered to your goals and skill level, over the 2 days your guide/s will uncover the magic of the Chilcotin as you pedal back to the valley past the glacier fed Trigger and Hummingbird lakes, across small streams, through grasslands and alpine meadows that are dotted with beautiful aspen groves and wildflowers (if they are in bloom), along rocky sections of trail that have some mild exposure and spectacular valley views, and next to Gun Creek. At the end of day 1 a comfortable well equipped and hosted backcountry camp– click here – awaits you.

Pre-trip Information:

Tour includes:

  • Your choice of a scenic floatplane flight to Warner Lake to start your tour (from our base, or any other destination-such as Whistler or Vancouver) OR peddle into the park from a local trail head.
  • 2 full days of riding backcountry, at times challenging – but always fun – single track
  • Some potential for hike a bike, depending ultimately on route taken on day 2 – see FAQ’s below.
  • An experienced, friendly and professional mountain bike guide.
  • All healthy and nutritious meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3.
  • 1-night double occupancy accommodation in a backcountry camp
  • Unbeatable mountain vistas and stories for a lifetime

What’s included when staying at our Backcountry camps:

  • A camp host to greet you and maintain camp.
  • A cozy bed in a dual occupancy canvas walled tent (2 people per tent typically)
  • Three meals a day when in the mountains. Includes a hot breakfast and dinner prepared by the host, and self prepared and packed lunches for on the trails. A packed lunch prepared by Tyax Adventures is also included on your first day.
  • Filtered water to fill your hydration packs and bottles.
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pad/mattresses, and pillows.
  • Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings.
  • Crocs footwear to wear while in and around camp.
  • Outdoor hot showers with soap.
  • An outdoor pit toilet that is basic in nature but fully stocked
  • If ordered and paid for more than 30 days in advance – beer, wine and/or cider. It will be waiting for you at your desired camp location.
  • The opportunity to dry out wet clothes and/or shoes, with a wood fired stove (this means you can travel even lighter!)

At Spruce Camp only, take advantage of our 3 fishing boats to head out onto the lake for some of the best fishing in the park. A fishing licence is mandatory.

Essential Items –see picture here

A 30 to 40 litre pack as you need to carry the items below:

  • A personal facemask
  • Lunch, snacks provided by Tyax Adventures and 2 to 3 litres of water daily.
    PRO TIP – opportunity to fill from creeks/streams if do not wish to carry a lot of water
  • Typical trail side repair tools, a spare tube, any bike specific spare parts – such as derailleur hanger
  • Personal medications necessary – including tylenol and/or ibuprofen
  • Light weight and packable jacket that is ideally water proof/wind proof
  • Bear Spray and know how to use it (recommend 1 between 2 people)
  • A change of riding/camp clothes as you deem necessary.
    PRO TIP – wear the next days riding clothes in camp the night prior
    PRO TIP – opportunity to wash clothes in nearby creeks and dry out overnight with wood fired stoves
  • Personal toiletries (soap is provided, but not hair care products etc.)
    PRO TIP – pack travel sized toothpaste, shampoo etc.-not full size
  • Head lamp
  • A sleeping bag liner for in camp – see here
  • A pillow case
  • Small, packable camp towel (hot shower available) – see here

Optional Items (if space and weight permits)

  • Light weight puffy jacket for in camp in the evenings (fleeces are provided)
  • Hat/toque, tights for in camp in the evenings (depending on the time of year visiting)
  • Phone or camera for photos
  • Personal charging device for phone/camera
  • Travel sized personal sunscreen and/or bug spray if feel necessary

Day 1: Warner Lake to Spruce Lake

Stats: ~ 18 kms, + 117 m / – 404 m, 4– 5 hours

From our base, you will begin your day with a scenic roughly 20 minute flight into beautiful Warner Lake located at 1,850 m.

From Warner Lake your group will ride approximately 18 kms of rolling, and at times technical, single-track to our Spruce Camp.

You can expect to ride along rocky sections of trail that have some mild exposure and spectacular valley views, past the glacier fed Trigger and Hummingbird lakes, through grasslands and alpine meadows that are dotted with beautiful aspen groves and wildflowers (if they are in bloom), and along the shores of Spruce Lake. There are short to moderate uphill sections over the day, but you are typically rewarded with some nice rolling sections of trail after them.

Your first day of pedaling will deliver you to the comforts of our Spruce Camp. Where you can relax, fuel-up and enjoy some lake activities or do some additional riding close by if you desire.

Day 2: Spruce Lake to Gun Creek Road

Stats: ~ 25 kms,  + 145 m / – 864 m, 3- 6 hours

From Spruce Lake your group will ride roughly 25 kms of rolling, and at times technical, classic Chilcotin single track back to the valley.

You can expect to ride next to Spruce Lake before entering wide open grasslands and meadows that are dotted with beautiful aspen groves and wildflowers (if they are in bloom), along rocky, rooty and sandy sections of trail that can be challenging, and next to Gun Creek. The day will be filled with sweeping downhills, scenic traverses, and short uphill pedals. Before arriving back in the valley, where out van will meet you and shuttle you back to our base.

Here are a few added service offerings that can make your trip extra special! Please contact us to learn more about these custom opportunities.

  • Accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing

For those looking for a bit of luxury and indulgence, a night(s) at the lodge before or after your trip might be just what’s in order.

Despite the lodge being a completely separate business from us, Tyax Adventures, we can book nights there on your behalf if they have availability. Let us know if this interests you.

Price includes a complimentary buffet breakfast and full use of their facilities.

  • 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 to our base of operations on the shores of Tyaughton Lake. Saving you come significant drive time and offering you the opportunity to fly over alpine meadows and lakes, and past ancient glaciers.

Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our charter flight page – click here – for options and pricing.

  • Premium Performance Apparel and Backpacks

We have partnered with 7mesh apparel and Osprey Packs to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel and backpacks available.

As premium performance brands we couldn’t think of better partners to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to mountain biking apparel and backpacks.

Frequently Asked Trip Questions:

Yes, so come prepared to do so with a suitably sized backpack-recommend 30 to 40 litre pack as a minimum.

Yes. You must have a good amount of experience mountain biking and be a strong intermediate rider at minimum (see our self rating scale here).

Riders must be comfortable with changing gears, braking, mounting and dismounting their bike in uneven terrain.

Riders should have the ability to pedal and/or walk with their bike uphill for short to long periods of time, and they must be comfortable descending moderately technical downhill sections. Riders must be able to ride in control at all times.

The trails are considered backcountry and remote in nature. The riding overall is cross-country/all mountain in style.

You can expect a mixture of the following:

  • Rolling single track terrain made up of some ups and downs, combined with some flatter sections of trail,
  • Occasional short up hills that require a good base level of fitness, and a burst of effort to ride or a small hike-a-bike,
  • Sections of somewhat technically challenging riding along the rocky shores of two alpine lakes, and across some rock slides. Requires good bike handling skills and good concentration,
  • Some short sections of single track that can be a little off camber and/or slightly exposed.
  • The usual trail hazards, such as roots and rocks.
  • Sweeping descents through wide open grassland and meadows.

Yes, but only if on day 2 you decide to ride back to our base via Windy Pass and Camels Pass or Cabin Pass (and not via the route detailed in the sample itinerary above).

This is a big day that involves roughly 1100m of climbing, and you can expect to be on the trails for anywhere between 5 to 7 hours type. A good base level of fitness (Level 2 to 3) is required, along with a readiness to commit to the adventure.

  • Windy Pass: 1 hour to 90 minutes of hike a bike
  • Camels Pass: 20 to 30 minutes of hike a bike
  • Eldorado Pass: 30 minutes to 45 minutes of hike a bike
  • Cabin Pass: 30 to 45 minutes of hike a bike

But do not be intimidated by these numbers. A good level of fitness and attitude will help you reach the passes, and the rewards (views, the descent etc.) are ultimately worth it. 1 foot in front of the other, onwards and upwards.

Given the potential for sections of hike a bike, low cut, lightweight cross country style mountain bike shoes may not be the best footwear option.

We recommended bringing shoes that provide a good amount of ankle support, and that have a solid sole, for any sections of hike a bike.

This will largely depend on the routes you and/or your guide(s) chose. There typically are multiple route options available to be considered. Factors such as rider expectations and experience, fitness and skill level, rider safety, weather and wildlife will be taken into consideration.

Generally, however you can expect to travel on average 18-25 km per day

Be prepared to be on the trails for anywhere between 4 to 7 hours – but this is not all time spent riding.

There is plenty of stop-start, and opportunities to snack and break to enjoy the surroundings.