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.
What to bring
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
Sample Intermediate Itinerary
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.
Sample Advanced Itinerary
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.
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.
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
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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