3 Day Gold Rush Mountain Bike Tour – Resort Based

This tour combines some of the best trails the South Chilcotin Mountains has to offer plus the thrill of a floatplane flight to Spruce or Warner Lake and the comforts of home and luxury at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing.  Each day our guides will take you on a unique, quality ride through our spectacular mountain biking paradise, at the end of the day we’ll bring you back to Tyax Resort where you can take full advantage of the Resort amenities and rest up for your next day’s adventure.

  • Price:
    $1,250 per person (double occupancy, min group of 4)
  • Ride Type:
    Cross-country; some technical downhill sections; some hike-a-bike
  • MTB Skill Rating
    Intermediate to Advanced
  • Fitness Rating
    level 2 or 3
  • Daily Ride Time:
    4-7 hours
  • Duration:
    3 Days

Tour includes: 2 nights accommodation at Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing Resort, all meals from dinner on day 1 to lunch on day 3, one float plane flight, 3 days guided mountain biking, shuttles as needed for planned rides

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Half day ride on trails located in the valley totaling 3-5 hours

Stats: Expect to ride a total distance of 7 – 20kms, and climb/descend 400 – 700 m.

After meeting your guide you will spend the afternoon riding the best cross-country single track in the valley. This day is focused on warming up the legs, exploring skill level, and ironing out any bike maintenance issues. The valley trails tend to be a mix of sand and ancient volcanic ash and will give you an initial and small taste of the breath taking views and sublime single track you will experience over the next two days. And remember, for every descent in the Chilcotin Mountains there must first come some physical effort, so be prepared to pedal up!

Day 2: Taylor Creek Trail to Camel Pass, High Trail to Molly Dog, to Pepper Dog, to Kens Trail to Tyax Resort  

Stats: ~ 24 kms, + 930 m / – 950 m

Today starts with a short van shuttle to a trail head from which we will ride into the alpine and deep into the backcountry. Today you will be fully immersed in what riding bikes in the South Chilcotin is all about; lots of gradual to steep pedaling, hike-a-bike to gain passes, jaw dropping views, remote wilderness, and out of this world dreamy single track descents.  From the trailhead expect to gradually ride roughly 10km up a primarily double wide quad track to a historic sub alpine cabin. A great spot to rest and fuel up before the final 2 km pedal/hike-a-bike up single track to Camel Pass. Once in the alpine atop Camel Pass, your effort will be instantaneously rewarded with stunning views and an endless single track decent awaiting. From Camel Pass you will descend a moderate to  slightly technical trail that brings you down into the vast valley below.  Eventually you will reach Molly Dog, a trail that uses the natural contours and elevation losses/gains of the surrounding terrain perfectly. Expect to ride through open to tight forested sections, losing elevation quickly at times, and to enter more sand/volcanic ash terrain as you get closer to valley bottom. Once at valley bottom pedal a short while back to the resort.

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

Stats: 25 kms,  + 145 m / – 864 m

This remarkable adventure begins with a 20 minute flight into Spruce lake that sits on the edge of the alpine at 1500 meters. From here your guide will lead you on a scenic 25 km rolling single track cross country ride that includes sweeping downhills, scenic traverses, and short uphill pedals. You can expect to travel through fields of wildflowers, open meadows and aspen groves, and along the banks of a rushing mountain river. This ride will take you anywhere from 3 – 6 hours and will end with a shuttle pickup that will bring you back to the Resort.

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.

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 into the heart of the Chilcotin Mountains where the magic awaits. Return flights from locations such as Vancouver International Airport, Whistler, Seattle, Tofino… and many more, are available. Please visit our flight page for details.

Premium Performance Apparel

We have partnered with 7mesh apparel to provide our guides and guests with some of the world’s most specifically and thoughtfully designed mountain bike apparel. As a premium performance brand located in the Sea-to-Sky corridor we couldn’t think of a better partner to help elevate our guests experience when it comes to apparel comfort and performance. As a valued guest, we can help outfit you with the some of the best apparel for mountain biking available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mountain Biking

What type of riding do you offer?

All of our mountain bike tours are cross-country/all mountain style. On all tours, except the Tyax Trail Tour, you may be required to climb (pedal and/or hike-a-bike) for short to long (up to 2 hours) periods of time and descend on various types of terrain. Ranging from open fire roads to tight, twisty single track (steep at times). Body armor is not required however, if you feel more confident wearing it you are welcome to pack this for your rides.

What are the terrain and trails like?  

The terrain of the South Chilcotin Mountains varies from dense treed bush-land and open grasslands to steep rocky mountain passes. Most trails were originally created by cattle and horses and, on average, are two feet wide and generally in excellent condition. Depending on weather and usage, some sections of the trails may be muddy, but passable. Plenty of the usual natural hazards exist – such as roots, rocks and trees trail side.

Do I need prior mountain bike experience?

Yes – previous mountain biking experience is mandatory on all Tyax Adventures tours. Riders must be comfortable with changing gears, breaking, mounting and dismounting their bike in uneven terrain and be in excellent physical shape with the ability to climb (pedal and/or hike-a-bike) for short to long periods of time. Riders must be comfortable descending on moderate to technical downhill sections-steep at times.

How many miles can I expect to ride per day?

Depending on your particular tour and the route traveled, the distance of your ride each day will vary. Mountain biking tours range, on average, from 12-20 miles / 20-30 km per day. 

Does Tyax Adventures offer rental bikes?

Yes, we have a brand-new fleet of full suspension Norco Mountain Bikes. We offer the Norco Sight A7.3 from Extra Small to Extra Large. These all mountain trail bikes offer 4” to 5” of travel and have been chosen specifically for the trail conditions in the South Chilcotin Mountains. All rentals come with flat pedals (bring clips if you typically ride with them), a saddle bag with some basic tools, a spare tube, hand pump and helmet if needed.

What kind of bike should I have?

As you will be participating in cross-country rides, we strongly recommend you bring a dual-suspension (fork at the front and shock in the rear) mountain bike, weighing no more than 35 pounds and designed for cross-country/all mountain trails. Triple-clamp front forks, fat bikes and extra bulky frames (e.g. downhill mountain bikes) are not advised for transport on Tyax Adventures’ float plane and are not appropriate for the style of riding offered on our tours. We also recommend mechanical or hydraulic disc brakes versus traditional V-Brakes as several downhill sections are sustained and can be strenuous on you and your brakes. Ensure that your saddle is comfortable, you have the appropriate sized tires on your bike (we recommend 2.3 mm tire width), and your bike is well tuned before your tour.

What is the weather like in the South Chilcotin Mountains?

Tyax Adventures operations are located on the border between the Chilcotin Mountains and the Coast Mountains. The temperature is substantially cooler in the early morning and evening, so make sure you bring warm layers for when the sun goes down. In the higher alpine areas, please be prepared for snow in the summer. The middle of the day is a great time to swim in Tyaughton Lake (our base loaction) or Spruce Lake.

Average temperatures are:

JUN: 77F / 25C high       JUL: 82F / 28C high         AUG: 86F / 30C high

41F / 5C low                      46F / 8C low                       50F / 10C low

What bike gear should I wear?

You will need only the biking essentials – a helmet, durable and supportive mountain bike specific shoes, bike riding gloves and eyewear (tinted lenses for sunny days). Armor and full-faced helmets are not recommended. Lycra bike shorts are not practical for your wilderness experience – they are not warm nor are they comfortable for sitting on rocks and logs, etc. We strongly recommend you wear durable mountain bike shorts. It is also strongly recommended that you wear shoes that provide a good amount of ankle support, and that have a solid sole, as some sections of trail can involve some significant hike-a-bike. Light weight, low cut cross country style mountain bike shoes may not be the best option.

Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

What should I bring/pack?

The following items are recommended for day trips, resort-based tours, and camping tours.

All Tours:

Clothing:

  • Cycling socks
  • Short and long sleeve bike jerseys
  • Cycling windbreaker or light jacket that is water proof/resistant also ideally
  • Bike shorts with padded inner (lycra not recommended)
  • Bike tights for cold weather (optional)

Gear:

  • Bike helmet & gloves
  • Durable and supportive mountain bike specific shoes (light weight, low cut cross country style shoes not the most ideal)
  • Bike hydration pack (for water and carrying your lunch, bike tools, etc.)
  • All-purpose bike tool, spare tube and bike-specific parts (such as derailleur hangers)
  • Sunglasses
  • Head Lamp
  • Camera, film, batteries, plus self charging solar device if deemed necessary

Personal:

  • Medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Lip balm
  • Camp towel

Gold Rush Tours:

Clothing – all items listed above, plus:

  • Warm casual pants
  • Warm casual jacket
  • Casual socks
  • Fleece or long sleeve layer
  • Warm gloves (non-riding)
  • Toque or winter hat
  • Bathing suit (optional)

Gear – all items listed above, plus:

  • Wet weather riding gear
  • Casual/camp shoes

Personal – all items listed above, plus:

  • Personal toiletry items
  • Book or reading material (optional)
  • ID or passport
  • Cash and/or bank card for souvenirs, tipping your guides, purchasing food and/or drinks
  • Towel for recreating by the lake (optional)

Backcountry Tours: Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

Clothing – all items listed above, plus:

  • Extra warm clothing

Gear – all items listed above, plus:

  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow case
  • Light travel towel

Personal – all items listed above, plus:

  • Personal toiletry items

What types of clothing is recommended?

Lightweight, quick-drying fabrics such as nylon, fleece and other synthetic materials are preferred. Cotton, especially denim, is not recommended as it retains heat and moisture. During the early morning and evening the temperature cools down significantly, so make sure you have a warm jacket, warm hat, socks and gloves.

Do I need a daypack?

Yes – as you will be responsible for carrying your own water, food, tools and additional clothing/items of gear. We recommend that you carry a light, mountain biking-specific backpack in the range of 20 to 30 liters that is equipped with a hydration system so that you can access plenty of water during your ride. Our tour guides do carry some limited emergency supplies and tools.

Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

Do I need to bring a first aid kit?

Our guides are trained and prepared for first aid situations. Packing and carrying your own first aid kit on rides is optional. If you require specific medical attention, you are required to notify Tyax Adventures upon booking to ensure our guides are prepared. Please bring sufficient prescribed medication(s) with you.

Do I need tools?

Our guides have the basic tools and are quite knowledgeable, but you should bring what you would normally carry on an extended ride around your home trails. Plus any bike specific parts e.g. a spare derailleur hanger, spare tube.

Are there Bears and/or Bugs?

During most tours, we venture into remote country and even though there will be an abundance of wildlife, it can be rare to spot them. With proper precautions, it is unlikely any will bother us on our tours. Certain times of the year there are mosquitoes, black flies, horse flies and other bugs. We recommend you bring bug spray or light long sleeve shirts if you have a tendency to attract them.

Do I have to hire a guide?

We recommend our guided trips for all first time visitors to the area. Our guides are highly qualified at mountain biking, very familiar with all the trails and wildlife in the South Chilcotin Mountains, and experts at wilderness safety, first aid and rescue. The South Chilcotin Mountains are challenging to navigate if you are unfamiliar with the area – there are very few trail markings and the wilderness is very remote.

Accommodations and getting here

What are Tyax Adventures backcountry accommodations like?

Tyax Adventures operate 5 backcountry camps for our multi-day backcountry tours. All camps are set up with double occupancy walled tents with a camp bed and sleeping bag for each guest. All you need to bring is your sleeping bag liner. All our camps are fully hosted and catered. We typically travel hut to hut in the backcountry.

Where is Tyax Adventures base location?

Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Adventures is located approximately five hours by car north of Vancouver and 1.5 hours west of Lillooet. We are nestled in British Columbia’s newest provincial park, a 72,000-hectare area boasting some of the best backcountry hiking, horseback riding and biking in BC.

How do I get to Tyax Adventures base on Tyaughton Lake?

Several modes of ground and air transportation are available from Vancouver and Whistler. They include Tyax Adventures floatplane transfers, ground transportation to Whistler (Whistler Connection, Perimeter, private limousine) and rail (Rocky Mountaineer). You can also access Tyax Adventures by private vehicle either from Pemberton (via the Hurley), or from Lillooet. Directions are available on www.tyaxadventures.com.

What accommodation options are there prior / post tour with Tyax Adventures?

In the Bridge River Valley there are some excellent accommodation options for pre / post backcountry adventure. Or if you prefer to stay in the valley close to Tyaughton Lake and take daily activities there are many options too. You can find more information on our local recommendations here https://tyaxadventures.com/stay-sleep/front-country-accommodation/

Where can I stay in Vancouver and/or Whistler?

There are many accommodation options in Vancouver and Whistler. Visit www.whistler.com (Tourism Whistler) and www.tourismvancouver.com (Tourism Vancouver) for rates, availability and to book your accommodation.

General – all tours

Are you associated with Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing? 
Tyax Adventures is a separate company from Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing. At Tyax Adventures we have been in operation for 30years as an Air Charter Service and Guided Tour Company offering multiday backcountry adventures in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing are located adjacent to our base operations on Tyaughton Lake.
Will Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing know the details of my Tyax Adventures reservations if I am also staying with them? 
No. As Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing are a separate business to us they will not know the details of your adventure or activity booking with Tyax Adventures. We do have many guests who chose to stay at Tyax Lodge at the beginning or end of their trip with Tyax Adventures due to the convenient location. Our base property and check in location for Tyax Adventures is located adjacent to Tyax Lodge and Heliskiing on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, and not on the lodge property.

What are the tipping guidelines? 

When your guiding and hosting team provided service that went above and beyond, in Canada it is customary in the outdoor adventure industry to express your appreciation through a cash gratuity. A gratuity is not mandatory, but if you would like to recognize the work of your team in this fashion, our recommended guideline is 10-15% of the total value of your trip.

As it takes many people – both frontline and behind the scenes –  to ensure your trip is the amazing adventure you hope for, our policy is to pool all gratuities and split them amongst the whole team. To accommodate this, we ask that you pay any tips to our Guest Experience Coordinator at the activity desk, or arrange for payment through our reservations staff.

Should I bring my own snacks?

Plenty of food and snacks will be available during the trip, however, you are welcome to bring your preferred snacks. Should you bring your own, remember to never leave them in your tent or backpack unattended. Bears and other animals are a concern and will chew through anything to get to your food. Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

Is alcohol allowed?

Yes. For multi- day trips you are required to pre-book your alcohol with us before arriving or arrange your own.

What if I have special diet requests?

If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip so that we can make the necessary allowances, if possible. 

My question is specific to women…

Ladies should bring feminine hygiene products in plastic zip-lock bags. Please bring extra zip-locks for disposal after use. Please remember, your guides, female or male, have spent many days with groups in the backcountry. They have heard your question before and will always be mindful of your privacy. 

What if I have additional questions?  

Please visit www.tyaxadventures.com, by email at fun@tyaxadventures.com or call us at 1-888-892-9288 and we would be happy to answer your questions.

Backcountry camps

How much gear can I bring?

You will only need your personal gear, Tyax Adventures will provide all camping gear. Please refer to our suggested packing list for more details. Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

Can I leave extra stuff at Tyax Adventures’ base while I’m in the Backcountry?

We do not have secure storage for your belongings at our base however many people leave extra gear in their cars. We can store small bags if absolutely necessary however Tyax Adventure are not responsible for these items.

Do I cook my own food and what do we eat?

Your host will prepare all of your meals, including delicious and healthy breakfasts, lunches and dinners. If you have any special dietary needs, please notify Tyax Adventures when you book your trip so that we can make the necessary allowances.

What are the camping arrangements?

You are required to bring your own sleeping bag liner and pillow case, however the huts and camps will have sleeping shelters so no tents or cooking gear are required. The campsite is also equipped with bear-proof food containers.

Are there shower and toilet facilities?

There are outdoor showers at Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp & Eldorado Cabin/Camp. We will have biodegradable soap available for use. There are outhouses at the Spruce Lake Camp, Bear Paw Camp and the Eldorado Cabin/Camp.

It’s my first time in the South Chilcotin should I book the Backcountry Accommodations?

Our Backcountry Accommodations are recommended for Experienced Backcountry Travelers only, we recommend booking a Guided Adventure if you’re unfamiliar with Backcountry Travel.  An experienced backcountry traveler is comfortable route finding, orienteering and is prepared for wildlife encounters and first aid emergencies.

What should I pack?

Please keep in mind that everything you bring with you, you will be packing and riding with on your own back. We recommend packing light.

  • Sleeping Bag Liner or cotton sheet (Sleeping bags supplied)
  • Rain Jacket or Light Puffy Jacket depending on the weather
  • Change of clothes (chamois, jersey & extra socks)
  • Personal Toiletries/Medications
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Hat/Toque for wearing against elements and sleeping
  • Sunscreen, Insect Repellent & Sunglasses
  • Camp/Travel Towel
  • Backcountry Travel Items
  • Emergency rations; shot bloks, energy bars, etc.

What’s Included?

  • A camp host to set up and maintain camp
  • A cozy bed in our backcountry camps
  • 3 meals including a hot dinner and a hot breakfast prepared by our camp host, and a packed lunch for the trail
  • Sleeping bag & sleeping pad, pack only a sleeping bag liner or sheet
  • Fleece jackets to help keep you warm in the evenings
  • Crocs footwear to wear while in camp
  • Outdoor showers with biodegradable soap available in our 3 main camps

*At Spruce Lake camp only; take advantage of our 3 tin boats to head out onto the lake for some of the best fishing in the park.

**At Eldorado Cabin only; soothe your tired muscles in the wood fired sauna after a long day on the trails.

Can you cater to special diet requirements?

We can accommodate vegetarians and we will do our best to accommodate those with allergies.  Please note that due to the remote nature of our camps we may not be able to accommodate all requests.  If you have specific requirements please note on your booking form and our staff will be in contact with you.

Is alcohol allowed in camps?

Alcohol is allowed in camps and you are allowed to carry your own.  Tyax Adventures does not serve alcohol however we do offer beer and wine to be pre-ordered and ready waiting for you in camp.  You will need to pre-book this at least 7 days in advance.  Please remember that our backcountry accommodations may be shared with other guests, please be respectful and responsible when imbibing.

What our Guests say…

“Trip of a lifetime! I can’t wait until the day I can ride there all over again!”

- 2016

“The first day was the best single day outdoor adventure I’ve had. Scenery that can’t be beat, hike a bike, geology in action, flowers, meadows, grasslands, forest, adventure, dynamite single track and most importantly camaraderie. I’m ready to go again.”

- 2016