• Price:
    $1,050 per person or $1,350 w/flight start from our base*
    Price is based on 4 people joining the tour; max group size is 10 *(more info)
  • Ride Type:
    Cross-country/all mountain remote backcountry single track riding, with some hike-a-bike
  • MTB Skill Rating:
    Intermediate to Expert
  • Fitness Rating:
    Level 2 or 3
  • Daily Ride Time:
    5-7 hours
  • Distance:
    ~60 to 75 kms over the 3 days
  • Duration:
    3 Days / 2 nights in our historic and well-equipped backcountry camp
  • Dates:
    Choose your own dates

Trip Introduction:

Sample some of the classic backcountry, high alpine and broad valley single track mountain biking that the South Chilcotin region is renowned for-whilst staying 2 nights in our historic and well-equipped backcountry camps.

You can begin the 3-day adventure by pedalling into the South Chilcotin park from our base, or book a spectacular float plane flight to a remote and stunning alpine lake to start the tour (from either our base or another location-such as Whistler or Vancouver-for an additional cost).

Catered to your goals and skill level, over 3 days your guide/s will uncover the magic of the Chilcotin as you pedal/hike a bike over remote mountain passes, travel through stunning alpine meadows, cross creeks, and experience a variety of different terrain and ever-changing signature rolling single track that is technically challenging in sections. Multiple route options are available each day, and you can expect to ride 20 to 30 kilometers per day – being on the trails for anywhere between 5 to 7 hours.

And just when you’re too tired to go any further, our comfortable well equipped and hosted backcountry camps – click here – await you.

Pre-Trip Information:

Guided Tour includes:

  • Your choice of a scenic floatplane flight to an alpine lake to start your tour (from our base, or any other destination-such as Whistler or Vancouver) OR peddle into the park a local trail head.
  • 3 full days of riding remote, at times challenging – but always fun – single track
  • Some hike a bike, depending ultimately on routes taken – 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.
  • 2 nights double occupancy accommodation in our backcountry camps.
  • 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 then 30 days in advance – beer, wine and/or cider.
  • 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: Lorna Lake, Graveyard Valley, Elbow Pass, to Bear Paw Camp

 Stats: ~ 25 kms, + 600 m / – 807 m

Start your trip off with a unique and surreal floatplane flight through the South Chilcotins into the majestic Lorna Lake. A stunning turquoise glacial lake nestled between looming mountain peaks far from civilisation. Once bikes are unloaded, and the necessary photos are taken, you will gear up and ride a short distance to the northern end of Lorna Lake, connecting with Big Creek Trail. For the next 10 kms you will follow Big Creek trail to its junction with Graveyard Creek trail, riding through a wide open valley that is bordered by volcanic hills and ridges. Expect a mix of forested sections and low lying meadows, with some short climbs and flowy segments of trail. Also expect some scrambling over log “bridges” to cross side creeks and wet feet, particularly when crossing Big Creek itself once. You will then enter and travel 8 kms through Graveyard Valley – a gentle, wide and historic valley. Take note of the infamous battle grounds of the St’at’imc and Tsilhqot’in Indigineous peoples, which gives graveyard valley its namesake. As the valley begins to narrow you will turn south and pedal and hike-a-bike up 300m to Elbow pass situated high in the alpine, before descending the days final 5kms of ultimate singletrack and 550m into the headwaters of Tyaughton creek and Bear Paw Camp where you will rest and re-charge for the night.

Day 2: Tyaughton Creek Trail, WD Trail, Spruce Creek Trail & Spruce Camp

Stats: ~ 16.5kms, + 340 m / – 504 m

Today you will ride through alternating forest and meadows on route to Spruce Camp. Be prepared for four major creek crossings, a few short steep climbs with some smooth and flowing downhill, technical rooty sections, and some side hilling. For most of the day you will be riding parallel to Tyaughton Creek, and will be offered awe inspiring views of the surrounding peaks and ridge lines. After crossing Tyaughton Creek for the final time you will do a short push/pedal before enjoying a gradual descent into our camp at the north end of Spruce Lake. Once at camp you can walk a short distance to the shores of Spruce Lake, where row boats and fishing rods await, or take the time to explore the surrounding slopes for fossils and viewpoints.

Day 3: Main Trail, Gun Meadows, Gun Creek Trail to Gun Creek Road

Stats: ~ 23km, + 250m / -834m

Today is nothing short of the grand finale! Shortly after setting out from Spruce Camp you will begin riding through wide open alpine meadows that offer you one final opportunity to gasp at incredible views and spot wildlife, before descending into the valley far below you on smooth and flowy single track. Once in the valley you will ride parallel to Gun Creek for a lot of the remainder of your day, with beautiful single track twisting and swooping through forest. The terrain will noticeably become more a mix of sand and volcanic ash as your day progresses, and although you will be losing elevation, in typical Chilcotin fashion there are still some short climbs. Upon arriving at Gun Creek Road, which sadly is where you trip ends, our shuttle van will be waiting to drive you back to the lodge.

Day 1: Lorna Lake, Graveyard Valley, Elbow Pass, to Bear Paw Camp 

Stats: ~ 25 kms, + 600 m / – 807 m

Start your trip off with a unique and surreal floatplane flight through the South Chilcotins into the majestic Lorna Lake. A stunning turquoise glacial lake nestled between looming mountain peaks far from civilization. Once bikes are unloaded, and the necessary photos are taken, you will gear up and ride a short distance to the northern end of Lorna Lake, connecting with Big Creek Trail. For the next 10 kms you will follow Big Creek trail to its junction with Graveyard Creek trail, riding through a wide open valley that is bordered by volcanic hills and ridges. Expect a mix of forested sections and low lying meadows, with some short climbs and flowy segments of trail. Also expect some scrambling over log “bridges” to cross side creeks and wet feet, particularly when crossing Big Creek itself once. You will then enter and travel 8 kms through Graveyard Valley – a gentle, wide and historic valley. Take note of the infamous battle grounds of the St’at’imc and Tsilhqot’in Indigineous peoples, which gives graveyard valley its namesake. As the valley begins to narrow you will turn south and pedal and hike-a-bike up 300m to Elbow pass situated high in the alpine, before descending the days final 5kms of ultimate singletrack and 550m into the headwaters of Tyaughton creek and Bear Paw Camp where you will rest and re-charge for the night.

Day 2: Deer Pass, Trigger Lake to Spruce Camp

Stats: ~ 25kms, + 1285 m / -1655 m, 7 – 9 hours

Leaving from Bear Paw camp in the morning, you will begin by immediately beginning your Climb over majestic and iconic Deer pass – not for the faint of heart. leaving the meadows you will pedal and hike-a-bike up 600 m and 6 kms of mountainous terrain where 360 degree Chilcotin vistas await. This endeavour is directly followed by a long technical cross country downhill that drops 800 m and 5 kms to the headwaters of Gun Creek and the home of glacier fed Trigger and Hummingbird Lake. With 3 hours and 14 kms left of your ride, you will follow the shores of Trigger and Hummingbird lake on a rolling technical single track with rocky and rooty sections, before traversing into the Spruce Lake valley which will be home for the night. The much deserved comforts of home will await you at our Spruce Camp.

Day 3: Main Trail, Windy Pass onto Cabin Pass via High Trail, High Trail to Molly Dog/Pepper Dog/Ken’s Trail to Base

Stats: ~ 30kms, + 1004m / – 1563m

Your final day riding will include some extended sections of hike-a-bike up and over two alpine passes, cross country riding through vast valleys, fun and flowing sections of trail through the alpine and sub alpine, and connecting three somewhat technical descents outside the park boundary back to the valley and our base of operations.

Shortly after leaving Spruce Camp you will start hiking-a-bike/pedalling approximately 700m up Windy Pass. From atop Windy Pass you will be treated to breathtaking views of unique features such as Cartable Mountain and Castle Peak. You are well rewarded for your efforts in reaching the pass with a smooth, fun and flowy descent down to valley bottom-riding from high in the alpine to a grassy and forested basin.

Next you will mostly pedal cross country style through the basin for approximately 6 kms, rolling past our Eldorado Cabin, on route to your second pass of the day. Be prepared for a short push/pedal once passing Eldorado Cabin.

From atop Cabin Pass you will traverse and descend sub alpine meadows and benches to reach Molly Dog. Once at Molly Dog you will connect it with two other trails that will take you to valley bottom. You will be both challenged and amazed by the variety of terrain, root sections and short steep lines, and your bike handling skills will be tested.

After an exhilarating final descent, you will pedal back to our base of operations.

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

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, depending on the route ridden:

  • Rolling single track terrain made up of some ups and downs, combined with some flatter sections of trail,
  • Creek crossings and sections of trail that can be wet and muddy – but passable
  • 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 trail that require some extended periods of hike a bike – particularly to reach the top of passes (see below for further details)
  • Sections of somewhat technically challenging riding over roots and rocks. 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.
  • Single track descents of between 20 to 45 minutes from the alpine to the valley – depending on the pass on top of.

Yes, particularly if you travel the trails/routes below.

Understand that to get into the alpine there typically will be some hike a bike required. A good base level of fitness (Level 2 to 3) is required, along with a readiness to commit to the adventure.

  • Lorna Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hour of hike a bike
  • Elbow Pass: 45 minutes to 1 hours of hike a bike
  • Deer Pass: 90 minutes to 2 hours of hike a bike
  • 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. One 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. Check the condition of shoes before you arrive.

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 from 12-20 miles / 20-30 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.